Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers — and yes, that is his real name and not one I made up to be as stereotypically southern as possible — have been accused of using racial slurs, sexual harassment, and infliction of emotional distress in a lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, a former employee. Jackson worked as the General Manager of Bubba's Oyster and Seafood House, which was co-owned by the siblings, as well as working for Paula Deen Enterprises and other ventures within the Paula Deen Family of Companies. (Again — actual name.) During this time, she managed to discover some things that were far more disgusting than a bacon cheeseburger with glazed doughnut buns. (For the third time: not fake!)
Take, for instance, Jackson's recollections of the time Deen casually dropped the N-word while describing what she'd like to see at her brother's wedding, which Jackson was managing:
"Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. "Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."
Hiers also allegedly used the slur around Jackson, digging himself even deeper by referencing President Obama in the same thought.
The list of gross things goes on: Jackson alleges that she was promoted to GM when the man in the position was fired for sleeping with staff, and Deen was dismayed at having to put "a woman in a man's job." She says she was denied a position she was qualified for because she was told that Deen's sons, Jamie and Bobby, would never take orders from a woman. (Wonder where they got that attitude from?) And perhaps most grossly in the physical sense, she says that Hiers would often watch pornography on his computer in the small office the two shared.
There is more — much, much more — in the lawsuit, which overall depicts an upsetting culture of racism and sexism at the Deen Family of Companies. Which is bad news for Paula, as it looks like all the butter in the world won't make this go down easily.