Mayor Kasim Reed Reacts To Paula Deen Controversy
SAVANNAH, Ga. AP/WAOK)- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday as part of a panel to discuss the Edward Snowden national security case. When asked about the Paula Deen issue the mayor called Deen’s acknowledged use of a racial slur “very unfortunate” and “totally unacceptable.” The mayor then said he expected the public to hear more the Savannah chef.
Deen’s Food Network show contract was terminated on Friday over the remarks. She made an emotional YouTube apology as some of her fans across the nation show their outrage by posting angry comments on her Twitter page and others strike out at the Food Network for its decision to her cooking show.
Outside Deen’s Savannah restaurant The Lady & Sons on Saturday, fan Marilynne Wilson said she’s stunned that the cable network “jumped the gun” by announcing it wouldn’t renew the celebrity cook’s contract about an hour after she apologized in an online video Friday.
Deen’s critics also have been outspoken online, making #PaulaDeenTVShows a trending topic on Twitter by posting satirical twists on familiar titles. Earlier in the week, they tweeted satirical names for recipes using #PaulasBestDishes.
Deen found herself in the middle of a fire storm after acknowledging that she has used racial slurs in the past. The acknowledgement came after a former manager at Deen’s restaurants in Savannah decided to sue her and her brother for sexual and racial harassment.