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Paula Deen

DROPPED

By Major Pork Company

6/24/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paula Deen has been DROPPED by Smithfield -- a company specializing in pork products.

Deen had a line of hams with Smithfield ... part of The Paula Deen Collection. 

The company tells TMZ, "Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind."  The statement goes on ... "We are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen."



Smithfield then somewhat sanctimoniously says, "Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned."

It's not the first time Paula's taken a hit from Smithfield either -- back in 2009, she took a massive Smithfield ham to the face during a charity event.

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shabbs69    

I'm guessing KFC and the purple cool-aid companies are next!!! hahahahahahaahahahaha

301 days ago
32.

1luv    

She will not be missed. Go eat a salad y'all!!

301 days ago
33.

Nobrows    

Good reason to never by a Smithfield product again. Jerks.

301 days ago
34.

noel    

If she was truly a racist she would have lied and said she never said the word. I'm black and I use the word all the time as a joke. People are such hypocrites with their flimsy morals. Why aren't half the rappers dropped from their promotions for using the word? I personally think it's because she's a Christian from the south. That's why the media has such a problem with her. I wish someone ask Oprah under oath if she ever used the word.

301 days ago
35.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Yes

301 days ago
36.

all about the money    

Really this has all just blown way out of proportion. You mean to tell me every executive for all these companies dropping her like a bad date have never said a single racist thing any time in their lives? Not in school, to their friends, while driving, to their spouses any time any place any where? None have even said the color black in spanish before? I think there should be an investigation into all these companies and if/when any thing discriminatory is found lay into them as they are laying into Paula. I don't even care for Paula...could never stand to watch her show but still this is all just way over the top. "Oh we are separating ourselves from the racist devil." Yea and I hope all your companies go out of business when the truth of your own bigotry and racist histories catch up to you.

301 days ago
37.

Fred Farkel    

OH FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.


THIS ENTIRE ISSUE IS RIDICULOUS.

301 days ago
38.

teejay    

Well once again that "right to free speech" thing gets shot out the door. Grow up people, how many of us run screaming "foul" every time the word 'cracker' is used in a rap song? Speaking of songs, let's change the words in the anthem to: 'land of the free, and home of the double standard'.

301 days ago
39.

lou    

Who cares tired of this story already.

301 days ago
40.

Zimba    

If this woman had good PR and had produced a solid apology no one would be speaking about this now. She is being fired for those two pathetic video messages, not for her original utterances.

301 days ago
41.

baby    

i think ALL people who is offended by the N word should sue all the companies that put out rap music with the words in it, or else its discrimination!

301 days ago
42.

Dorothy Mantooth    

That ham to the face video is one of the greatest things on the internet. Until everyone in the world sees it, this issue will remain unresolved.

301 days ago
43.

interesting    

This is getting rather insane. I dont watch or care for this women myself however 27 years ago she said a word to her husband in private and now her life is ruined??? this is sick! its a sad day when name calling 27 years ago can cause such a stir. People need to get over themselves nobody is perfect. When she said this 27 years ago (in private) i believe there was still freedom of speech! when people/law start to control what is said in "private" 27 years ago run cause everyone gonna be screwed!

301 days ago
44.

Jim    

I used to buy Smithfield products, but no more!

*** Boycott Smithfield products! ***

301 days ago
45.

Sassyfre    

People that are saying cut Paula Deen some slack seem not to understand that this didn't just come from the blues. She was accused of being racist to an employee & through that, her true colors came out.

301 days ago
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