We leave town for a week and go West, and all hell breaks loose.
First, we were shocked to hear that New Jersey-bred actor James Gandolfini had passed away. He made Tony Soprano real in that landmark HBO show.
Then, we were watching the Arizona Diamondbacks at their Phoenix stadium when we checked out our iPhone and saw that Southern chef Paula Dean had been canned by Food Network when it became public that she had used racial slurs, including the “N” word, at her eatery.
On the plane East yesterday, we saw a crawl on the DirecTV service that said QVC was threatening to dump Deen, as a well. Deen does a cookware line for the home shopping network.
QVC put out a statement Monday that several news outlets published, including E! online.
“QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation,” QVC said in its official statement.
“QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”
Many QVC viewers made their displeasure known on Facebook.
“Seriously? You are even considering not working with Paula Deen because of something she said years ago? Waiting to see how people are responding before making a decision? The companies that step up and stand by this woman will get my business. The rest of them can kiss my business goodbye!”
“I love watching and purchasing from QVC and believe me I spend a lot of money with you. Please do not drop Paula Dean from your company. Everyone has a past and has made a mistake or said something they wish they could go back and change. ‘Let those with no sin cast the first stone.’ Please do not treat her like the Food Network and Smithfield Foods have done. I would like to see you let her continue on. Please don’t be one of the companies that also disappoints America.”
“Drop Paula Deen and I will encourage everyone I know to discontinue following your company on FB and Twitter. If you drop Paula, consider me a past customer!”
“If you want to order Paula Dean products QVC has three pages of them. Whether you agree with the companies pulling her products or not they are continuing to do it one by one, Smithfield Foods dropped her today. Most companies do not want a spokes person who displays disrespect, especially verbally. No real winners in this kind of situation.”
“Don’t want nothing to do with QVC since you’re against Paula Deen”
But Deen had her detractors, though they were outnumbered by her defenders.
“To all of you QVC boycott plotters because of the Paula Deen debacle: Since when did buying pots & pans and cookbooks from a person become more important than keeping morals alive? Do you really value your ability to purchase your precious cookware & cookbooks more than valuing decency in America? It astounds me that material goods and sticking up for a racial bigot is greater than sticking up for those who were and still are offended. Please, if you want to leave QVC – GO! Enough already. I’m sure you can buy Deen’s precious ‘goods’ elsewhere. At least QVC has the guts to stand up for morals & decency.”
“PAULA DEAN has enough money and press she never has to work again. Maybe some of you people should quit buying from the Q since you stand behind her and her stinking remarks. Q has a little more class!”
This dirt about Deen came out in a deposition that Deen gave for a lawsuit filed by one of her ex-employees. She has apologized for her hideous remarks.
We obviously don’t condone her horrific racist comments. But we’ve made stupid, ignorant comments at times that we wish we could take back. Perhaps the folks at Scripps Networks, which owns Food Network, were blindsided by the controversy and shit-canned her because she didn’t let them know what was about to blow.
QVC hasn’t said it will definitely let Deen go. We think she deserves a second chance.