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I had a problem with some of the events on Paula Deen television shows regarding the food content of certain recipes and the whole concept of the “party” show.  Some episodes of Best Dishes I lived very much.

I also liked her volunteer work, but then became disillusioned. She seemed to be another story of a very hard life turned around to become too much spending, too much eating, and too much acting. 

My problem with Ms. Deen was her partnering with Smithfield Ham, which hired groups of undocumented workers and then turned them in to INS and hired more. They have since remedied hiring practices and I follow them on Twitter, but I’m still a bit irked.

Paul helped to provide what she called “protein” from Smithfield to poor children and families,  but the product was not ham, bacon or sausage — It was actually hotdogs and/or cheapest sausage made from pork byproducts/remains. It’s a dishonest and unhealthy thing. You remember the chicken commercial that lamented “parts is parts”? What pig parts were in that protein?

The pork-giving program to the poor may end with Chinese ownership, but perhaps Ms. Deen should not be dumped from FN because of Smithfield, racism, or pushing diabetes-exacerbating foods. All that can be pretty much fixed.

If Paul is being sued with her brother for running hostile work environments and discriminatory workplace operations, and she loses that lawsuit, then that is the reason to cancel her contract with Food Network. 

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