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Paula Deen and The Hypocrisy of “Nigga” Culture

July 4, 2013

Paula Deen and the Food Network’s Hypocrisy

By  on 7.2.13 @ 6:09AM

Target, Walmart, Random House join network in monetizing racism.

The Food Network has fired celebrity chef Paula Deen.

So too Target. So too Wal-Mart. So too Random House.

Ms. Deen’s problem?

In a deposition for a lawsuit Deen was asked by an attorney if she has ever used the N-word. To which Deen replied: “Yes, of course.” Adding: “It’s been a very long time.”

Within a media cycle The Food Network had issued this crisp comment about its celebrity chef whose fame came from her extensive use of butter:

Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.

Two abject, videotaped apologies followed from a contrite Ms. Deen, and now a tearful appearance on NBC’s The Today Show. The Food Network was unmoved.

Shortly thereafter Target and Walmart fired Deen as well. Now comes the news that Deen’s publisher, Ballantine, a subsidiary of Random House, has dumped Deen as well.

But there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

The Food Network, Target , Walmart and Random House all have one giant-sized double-standard when it comes to the use of the “N-word.”

Let’s start with the Food Network.

The Food Network, owned and run by Scripps Networks Interactive, is more than the home to Paula Deen. It is the network that features a show called Home Made In America With Sunny Anderson. The show, which “scours the country in search of the best home cooks and discovers secrets and stories about the recipes that have made them famous, ” features its African-American host Ms. Anderson — a former hip-hop radio host and Food and Lifestyle editor at Hip Hop Weekly. To produce music for Home Made in America the Food Network turned to 9th Wonder, the hip-hop rapper, record executive, and producer whose real name is Patrick Douthit.

Just another day in the life of American culture at the intersection of food, music, and business.

Until, that is, Ms. Deen was quite publicly dispatched.

Alas, it seems that 9th Wonder has exactly the same problem as Paula Deen — with one very considerable difference.

It hasn’t been “a very long time” since 9th Wonder used the “N-word.” In fact, 9th Wonder is famous precisely because he raps and produces songs that routinely employ the “N-word.” The “N-word” is to 9th wonder what butter is to Paula Deen.

Here’s a sampling of the lyrics from songs produced by 9th Wonder, with appropriate cleansing for a family publication:

S**t don’t you snitch if you get caught
You already know if you do then you dead
And now n**gas in the hood trading cush for your baby mama throat
But suck it up b**ch deal with it huh
Ain’t no glitch in my computer
Bangin beats for the gudda paper planes no hookahs yeah
I’m the driver and the shooter and the taxi
I dare you motherf***ers get at me

Seen a lot of n**gas knocked out over shoe strings….

Then there’s this one, a riff on the old Tom Hanks movie Big:

Ah I’m a make it big
Ah I’m a make it big
I said I wan’na make it big
I’m a make it big
Like Tom Hanks n**ga I’m a make it big

Don’t forget the song Threat which 9th Wonder produced for his hip-hop friend Jay-Z. The lyrics, sung by Jay-Z, including this verse:

Yeah, I done told you n**gaz
9 or 10 times stop f***n with me
I done told you n**gaz
9 albums, stop f***n with me
I done told you n**gaz
The 9 on me, stop f***n with me
You n**gaz must got 9 lives
9th wonder”

Recall that Jay-Z is famously a major-league supporter of President Obama, and along with wife Beyoncé has been entertained at the White House . The two hosted the President at Jay-Z’s night club for a $40,000 a ticket fundraiser during the 2012 presidential campaign. Ms. Anderson, for whose show 9th Wonder was hired, counts herself a Jay-Z fan, writing up a Philadelphia Jay-Z concert and adding in tales of Philadelphia cheesesteaks.

9th Wonder has also been hired by Duke University in his native North Carolina, where the hip-hop producer was to teach a class called “Sampling Soul.” He has been chosen by the Chancellor of North Carolina Central University to be the “Artist in Residence.” And don’t forget that fellowship at — yes — Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute.

Then there’s Target, the suddenly self-righteous department store chain that fired Ms. Deen while selling the music of — 9th Wonder. Specifically hawking five 9th Wonder CD’s, which Target tactfully warns of containing “Explicit Lyrics.”

Walmart? That’s right, Walmart is big on 9th Wonder as well, selling his CD The Final Adventure. And yes, right off the bat there’s a track that begins:

Long live the Kane back, f**k cocaine rap
Twenty years later, n**gas stuck in the same trap

And Random House? You guessed it. The publishing company has published the aforementioned Jay-Z, he who banded together with 9th Wonder to rap the N-word. The book is called Decoded and in laughably hypocritical style Random House rhapsodizes about the artist who makes his money using the N-word:

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

Read the entire Article at The American Spectator: http://spectator.org/archives/2013/07/02/paula-deen-and-the-food-netwo2

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