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Butter Queen Paula Deen Made A Crass Joke About Chef Carl Ruiz’s Death

Paula Deen is a racist. She is cartoonishly racist. Thus, her making a joke at the expense of an esteemed Cuban chef Carl Ruiz right after his death is no surprise. What is — not surprising, because we know how white supremacy works — shameful is that any radio show or platform would have aligned themselves with this racist as if she were a regular, upstanding human being. 

But here is another not so surprising fact, in 2013, when Paula Deen admitted to using the N-word multiple times in the deposition of a racial discrimination lawsuit, her cookbook sales skyrocketed. What a totally cool and chill world we live in, right?  

Chef Carl Ruiz passes away. Paula Deen comments.

Chef Carl “The Cuban” Ruiz passed away on Septemeber 21, 2019 at age 44. His death is suspected to be caused by a heart attack in his sleep. Ruiz received notoriety when the restaurant where he was chef, Marie’s Italian Specialties, was featured in “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” which would launch his career as a celebrity chefRuiz later opened La Cubana in the Meatpacking District of New York City where he specialized in creating authentic Cuban cuisine. 

After his passing, fellow chefs shared their condolences and praised the life of the Food Network Star. Paula Deen chose to make a joke instead. While on the Big J Show on Hot 101.9 in Billings, Montana, the host asked Deen if she knew Ruiz. Her response was insensitive for someone who never even knew the guy. 

“No, I’m not (familiar with him), but I’m so sorry to hear that,” she said. “You know they say the restaurant business will kill you, haha, no pun intended.” 

Twitter reacts to her offensive joke. 

“Is it just me or does #PaulaDeen prove YET AGAIN what a HORRIBLE PERSON SHE REALLY IS.  Making fun of a deceased person is so LOW.  Glad @FoodNetwork took out the TRASH years ago.  Her family must be embarrassed. The late #CarlRuiz deserves better and so do his family and fans,” one person wrote. 

“@Paula_Deen Your insensative comments about chef Carl Ruiz are so embarrassing. Haven’t you learned anything at your old age? Your ignorant and not funny.. Go away already you racist old hag!” Another user wrote. 

Paula Deen’s racist history.

In 2011, Deen put brown-face on her son as a Halloween costume. She was playing Lucille Ball and her son was playing husband Ricky Ricardo.

In 2013, Deen was sued by employee Lisa Jackson for racial and sexual discrimination. Jackson claimed Deen made racist remarks about African Americans. She also alleged that Deen had planned a Southern plantation wedding for her brother, complete with black male servers dressed as slaves for authenticity, but decided against it because it would be bad PR. However, Deen said she had already attended a similar party at a restaurant with her husband.   

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive,” she said in the deposition. “That restaurant represented a certain era in America… after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War… It was not only black men, it was black women… I would say they were slaves.”

At the time, Deen also admitted she used the N-word multiple times.  

“When a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head. … I didn’t feel real favorable towards him,” she said of using the word. When asked if she had used it since she said, “I’m sure I have, but it’s been a very long time […] maybe in repeating something that was said to me … probably a conversation between blacks. I don’t – I don’t know. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south.”

Deen loves telling offensive jokes. No matter who she hurts.

And yes, she also admitted to telling racist jokes. Because if you say something racist, then say you’re just kidding, it doesn’t reveal anything about your character and it certainly doesn’t create a hostile environment for the people of color around you – just kidding! 

“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person,” she said. 

Somehow the discrimination lawsuit was dismissed with both parties agreeing not to move forward. At the time, Deen lost her contracts with companies like Target, QVC, and the Food Network. In 2016, Deen returned to television with a new show Positively Paula as if nothing had happened. So don’t tell us cancel culture is ruining America, when cancel culture does not work. 

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