If you’ve been following the news about Paula Deen, you’ll also know that her fans feel deeply about her and object to The Food Network’s reported decision to not renew her contract.
For the record, The Food Channel is not affiliated with The Food Network or with The Cooking Channel. See our story about it, here.
However, we do get their mail. Frequently. But our email box, Twitter feed, and Facebook comments have never blown up to quite the extent over an issue as they have this one. Comments are running 100 to 1 in support of Ms. Deen. We shared a few of the early emails in our first article about the situation, and thought it might be fun to share a few more.
We’re also featuring some of Paula Deen’s recipes, so send us your favorites and we’ll add them, too!
Remember – these are actual emails that we have received. We are attempting in all cases to direct people to the correct company so their views will be received.
Excerpts from emails:
Just saw where you have dropped Paula Deen after her testimony about using a racial slur many years ago. You people are spineless. Has anyone over the age of 40 (black and white) never used a racial slur? NO. I will never watch your channel again and I hope everyone does the same and you are force off the air soon.
I have been a long time viewer of the Food Channel. I watch every day and in the evening as well. I understand that Paula Dean has been released from her show.I am very angry and many of my friends are angry that you have released her. If there is a man or woman on this earth that has never called a Black person, or an Italian, or an Irishmen, or a Polish person, or a Jewish person a bad name when they have done something horrible, I would not believe it. You know you have, as we all have.
Paula Dean has publicly apologized for it. This happened years ago. She is no different that many others who have had a slip of the tongue and apologized for it, yet they have kept their contracts. Why is the Food Channel doing this?
Well, you have lost me and you have lost my friends. We are outraged at this inability to forgive her. She has made you millions and now you drop her? Sorry, but this was a stupid error on your part. You will lose many many viewers.
I will never, ever buy products from any business that supports your programs since you’re non-renewing Paula. Further, I’m letting all your advertisers know that I will not purchase their products unless you reinstate Paula’s show.
Decisions to non-renew shows based upon an individual making a statement that may “offend” someone else is childish. You’re little team members that made that decision are idiots. Please tell them that they ARE idiots.
Narrowminded would not be even the best to describe your decision. Everyone including me have changed over the last 60 plus years.
My wife and I will be contacting Comcast Monday to block or delete your channel, and at the worst we will not be looking at your channel in the future. I am sure that sometimes taking a star such as Tiger Woods away from Nike, but suddenly he is back in good grace.
Basically this is a knee jerking reaction and after reading facebook today, Nabisco may even come out with a Paula Deen Cracker.
You may never read this but this is the gospel, no more Food Channel.
About a year and a half ago, I sat in my wheelchair for several hours, in line at the WalMart Store in Rogers, Arkansas to meet Paula Deen and get her book signed by her. The crowd kept growing to be the largest event ever in Rogers. Thousands upon thousands of people showed up because of the love they have for her. Hanks Furniture Store owner, whose Newest and largest store in Arkansas is basically across the street from WalMart, took notice and hired Paula to cut several commercials, which he prides himself as the reason for a huge boost in sales.
Don’t you realize that she will recover from this stumbling block and will be hired by another channel, and your ratings will drop like a hot potato? YOU will suffer in the end because out of all the shows you carry, Paula Deen is the top chef in America.
I have been reading about the latest problems of Paula Dean and the racial slurs she has made. And I just saw where you will not renew her contract. I think this is too harsh. I am from the South and all of us are guilty of having uttered racial slurs in the past. But that is something we no longer do. Our parents were raised using those words and slurs and it rubbed off on lots of us. Once we found out how derogatory and hurtful they were, we never used them again. And we have taught our children and grandchildren not to use them and are very thankful that they do not use such language. They are helpful in erasing that kind of conduct, not only in the South, but everywhere. Paula Dean was raised in he South and was exposed to that kind of language. She admitted using such language in the past and has apologized for her past actions. Give her a break. Accept her apology and let her get on with her life. She has entertained millions and as you know, we Americans are a very forgiving bunch of people. So let’s back off and give this belle of the South a chance to prove how sorry she is for her past remarks. She could become a spokesperson for good manners and respecting the rights of people around the world. It is time for both sides to back off, regroup and see what good examples you can set for everyone else.
I cannot believe you dismissed Paula for her choice of a word used years ago. If you are going to be this picky you might not have anyone working for you come Monday. I’m sure yourself and other employees have used a racial word. There are high profile people who use racial words daily and they are still respected.
The word is in the dictionary.
I am turning the food channel off until you put Paula Deen back on the air. All of us have made mistakes in our life. Her apology was sincere. That should be enough.
I was shocked and disappointed that you have made the decision to drop Paula Dean. I would guess that if we looked into every word and deed you yourself have said or done we would also find a reason you should not be the editor for the Food channel.
When you drop her, Iam going to drop you and direct t.v. and your sponsors. We’re going to get rid of you.
Your decision to drop Paula Deen is, indeed, shortsighted.
Please reflect on the case of Carbonite ending their relationship with Rush Limbaugh after he made what they deemed to be an offensive comment. I, and many others, have dropped Carbonite service in favor of another back-up service that Mr. Limbaugh now supports. Carbonite is now having to promise 6 months free service to woo new customers.
I will no longer watch the Food Channel. Your leftist approach to political correctness is disgusting, and you deserve the fate that will likely befall you.
WE ARE MAKING JUNE 3OTH.. REINSTATE PAULA DAY..
BOYCOTTING THE FOOD NETWORK
WE LOVE YOU, AND FEEL WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT YOU BRING JOY INTO LIVES, AND HELP THE ORPHANAGE AND OTHER CHARITIES, AND YOUR LOVE AND HELP, IS MUCH GREATER THAN WORDS GOOD OR BAD CAN DESTROY
I LOVE YOUR RESTAURANTS, YOUR SMILE, AND EVEN YOUR SILLY CACKLE.
THIS IS NON DESERVED… AND FOOD NETWORK NEEDS TO REALZIE AND APOLOGIZE TO YOU.
I PROMISE TO FIGHT ON YOUR BEHALF, YOU DESERVE TO BE TREATED BETTER..
YOU MADE THE NETWORK WHAT IT IS TODAY.. YOUR BROUGHT SPARKLE AND LIFE INTO THEIR BORING SHOWS..
WE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU
Shame on you Food Channel.
Wish you would show the class Paula Dean has shown. If it is all about finance, think about the many food lovers you will loose. Most may not tell you bye like me.
If she goes, we go.
to the editor of the food channel SERIOUSLY U FIRED PAULA I GUESS YOU AND MOST OF SOCIETY WALK ONWATER AND NEVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG THEN ON TOP OF THAT ALL YOU GUYS ARE MIND READERS CAUSE HER APOLOGY ISNT SINCERE ENOUGH HOW CAN YOU OR ANYONE TELL.Whta you and society need to do is make a list of ALL THE GOOD THINGS SHE HAS DONE AND A LIST OF THE BAD AND YOU WILL SEE THE BAD LSIT IS VERY SMALL.OH make one for yourself also so you can see you are a hypocrite for firing her .Me I’m 47 Latin I worked nite clubes for years I use it all my balck friends used it etc it just a word what happen to sticks and stone NOW IT OH OH YOU SAID SOMETHING WRONG LETS DESTROY YOU FOR MAKING A HUMAN MISTAKE REALLY THIS WHOLE FUCKING WORLD HAS GONE PC CRAZY AND ITS GOING TO RUIN ARE SOCITEY AND MAKE US MENTALLY WEAK.Take care love the the channel.
Americans need to sensitive to ALL cultures, even to the culture from Low Country Carolina. The “N” word has a far different connotation there than the men who fired Paula understand. Manhattan words do not translate well to rural Carolina. There is nothing racist about Paula, only with you. You owe her and all of her fans a big apology. Hopefully,”I’m sorry ” will be words you actually do understand the meaning of. Bring Paula and her family values back.
Your decision to cancel Paula’s program is appalling. It is one of the few shows left on the Food Channel that we enjoy watching. Looks like gotcha folks are at it again, gleefully destroying careers over a few careless words. America as we knew it is rapidly disappearing. We won’t be watching the FC anymore. I wish Paula all the best.
I think you totally over-reacted and now you are going to have a boycott of the Food Channel because so many people disagree with you. Toughen up and be a leader – don’t cave to the “tolerance fools” This is an injustice to this woman and only demeans your channel in my mind. You have lost me as a viewer.
I think its horrible that you have not renewed her contract. She is a lovely person and her comment was years ago and she apologized.
Stop giving into the political correctness of society and have some courage.
You should put her back on the food channel.
I will no longer subscribe to the food channel so you have lost another customer.
It’s reported that you are not renewing Paula Deen’s contract. If this is because of the racial slurs Deen allegedly said years ago, shame on you. Are you caving to the Politically Correct culture we now live in that unfortunately intimidates people with the intent to destroy them if they are accused of being racist or homophobic?
What she said or did years ago, and has apologized for since, in all fairness, is not egregious enough that it should result in her being dismissed from your channel. Deen is a self-made woman. No one handed her anything. There seems to be some people who want to take her down and shake her down for their own self interest as she has deep pockets. Some devil is out to destroy her.
I would hope you will reconsider your decision about Ms. Deen. She has done more for Savannah than anyone and has given years of cooking and baking enjoyment to millions of people with her TV show, cookbooks and magazines. She is a role model. She is always cheerful and beautifully polite and gracious. She represents the South and Southern cuisine very well with grace and dignity.
This politically correct thought-speak attitude that now pervades our society is destructive and hypocritical and is similar to the Gestapo or to the totalitarian society as depicted in Orwell’s 1984.
I hope you are not bending to race baiters who make mountains out of mole hills to achieve their nefarious ends.
WHAT PAULA SAID IS NOT A FIRING OFFENSE. YOU PEOPLE ARE GUTLESS.
YOU CANNOT GIVE ANY EXCUSE FOR THE FIRING.
Every person has thought or said something in their life that is not correct. that is no excuse to crucify them as you are doing to Paula.
I will no longer watch any of your shows and will not buy any products that you and your show advertise except Paula’s.
Our government has authorized the murder of over 50 million unborn babies since Rowe vs Wade and everyone thinks that is ok.
However, let one person say something that someone takes offense to and they get fired.