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  •  The only problem I have (1+ / 0-)
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    And feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here, is that I feel that people were digging stuff up on the woman. How did they find this information out?

    "Disappointment is anger for wimps," -Dr. Gregory House

    by freakofsociety on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:45:42 AM PDT

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    •  Much of it was already out there (9+ / 0-)

      I was stunned she wasn't dumped by FN and others when her work as a shill for a pharmaceutical co. was exposed a year ago---in particular, because her food is so unhealthy and she had not been upfront that she'd been diagnosed diabetic several years earlier.

      And other lawsuits preceded this one and were publicly available. They just didn't garner national attention until this.

    •  There is a lawsuit (15+ / 0-)

      and "digging up stuff" is called "discovery". Conversely, it could be argued that her media and corporate sponsors were previously guilty of covering up for this woman for their own selfish interests.

    •  I'm pretty sure it's right in the diary (5+ / 0-)

      at least in part.  She's party to a lawsuit, in which (among other things) she was accused of contributing to a racially hostile work atmosphere for the plaintiff.  These statements are part of her deposition, a response to the specific accusations made against her.

      •  Yeah but why is it coming out now? (0+ / 0-)

        I mean I was told by someone that an ex worker of hers sued her. I didn't know that when I posted this. But I still find it odd that the corporate world suddenly cares about racism. It seems a bit superficial coming from them.

        "Disappointment is anger for wimps," -Dr. Gregory House

        by freakofsociety on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:12:43 AM PDT

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        •  Because it pretty much (2+ / 0-)
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          forces her hand to settle. Had this not come out and she had been able to go to court and turn on the aw shucks saccharine southern gentility and play the role that made her wealthy, chances are the plaintiff loses that suit... but now that the woman behind the mask is revealed and that woman is seen as profoundly loathsome, to continue to fight the suit would be an exercise in fail...

          Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

          by awesumtenor on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:39:48 AM PDT

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        •  The next step was National Enquirer (2+ / 0-)
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          The deposition took place 17 May, but it wasn't until 26 June (about a week ago) that the National Enquirer published her "secret confession – her racist rant EXPOSED in a bombshell ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE!" link And from that point her "financial empire" collapsed with the speed of a termite-ridden sideboard when a full plate was set on it.

          I'd like to say here I'm surprised at the speed all of these companies have bailed on her: based on similar cases, it can take several months for a corporation to severe ties to a scandal-tainted celebrity, while Deen has lost all of her corporate partners in a week. For example, The Florida Citrus Commission kept Anita Bryant on after her anti-gay political campaigning in 1977 until her contract expired in 1979. It's almost as if her corporate partners were waiting for some excuse to drop her.

          I'm not trying to defend Deen. I think it's worth pointing out that this case suggests the existence of a rule that if a person is of one socio-economic group (or one gender) their screw-ups are handled one way, & if the person is of another group (or gender) their screw-ups are handled another way. I can't help wondering if Deen's biggest sin here wasn't being a racist (for whatever values one wishes to use) but simply being a poor white woman from the South who, for a few moments, forgot she wasn't supposed to act like a poor white woman from the South.

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