Fried & Prejudice

  • Aired:  06/20/13
  •  | Views: 177,603

A former employee accuses celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother of sexual and racial harassment. (6:01)

>> WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW!

I'M JOHN OLIVER, STILL HERE

FOR JON STEWART WHO IS

SPENDING THE SUMMER ON AN

EAT, PRAY, LOVE, STYLE

JOURNEY TO FIND HIMSELF.

I THINK HE'S CURRENTLY AT

THE POINT WHERE HE'S SLEEPING

WITH JAVIER BAR DEM.

OUR GUEST IS NEWS LEGEND TOM

BROKAW IS HERE.

(APPLAUSE)

>> THE KING OF NEWS.

LOOK, WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH

FISCAL POLICY, THERE IS,

PERHAPS, NO ISSUE MORE

SERIOUS THAN THE LONG-TERM

IMPACT OF FED CHAIRMAN BEN

BERNANKE'S LOW-INTEREST RATE

POLICIES.

AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE GOING

TO BE DEVOTING THIS ENTIRE

SHOW TONIGHT TO FULLY

ANALYZE-- I'M SORRY?

I'M BEING TOLD THERE IS A

BREAKING STORY YOU PITE

ACTUALLY CARE TO HEAR ABOUT.

>> CELEBRITY CHEF PAULA DEEN

IS DEFENDING HERSELF AFTER

ADMITTING THAT YEARS AGO SHE

USED THE "N" WORD.

>> THE "N" WORD?

WHICH ONE DID SHE USE

BECAUSE I KNOW IT WASN'T

NONFAT.

BOOM!

OH, OH, PAULA DEEN IS THE

ONLY CHEF TO RECEIVE AN A

RATING FROM THE AMERICAN

LARD COUNSEL.

BOOM BOOM.

I CAN DO THIS ALL NIGHT, BUT

HONESTLY, I FIND THESE

ALLEGATIONS DIFFICULT TO

BELIEVE.

NOW PAULA DEEN SEEMS SO NICE

ON HER TV CHEF SHOW WITH HER

FRIENDLY SOFT SOUTHERN

CHARM.

EXACTLY HOW BAD IS THIS?

>> IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH A

TRANSCRIPT OF A VIDEOTAPED

DEPOSITION, PART OF AN

ONGOING CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED

AGAINST DEEN AND HER BROTHER

BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE WHO AS

YOU MENTIONED ALLEGES SEXUAL

AND RACIAL HARASSMENT.

NOW ACCORD TOGETHER

DEPOSITION DEEN WAS ASKED

HAVE YOU EVER USED THE "N"

WORD YOURSELF, TO WHICH SHE

REPLIES YES, OF COURSE.

>> OF COURSE I HAVE.

I MEAN OF COURSE I HAVE.

I TALK SO NICE.

I MEAN I DO HAVE A MOUTH.

SO I'M GOING TO USE THE "N"

WORD, THAT'S JUST A GIVEN.

COME ON!

BUT LOOK, THAT DOESN'T

NECESSARILY MEAN-- THAT

DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN

THAT PAULA DEEN IS A RACIST.

MAYBE THE WORD JUST SLIPPED

OUT WHEN SHE WAS RAPPING

ALONG TO THE WU TANG CLAN IN

SOME SORT OF INNOCENT CAR

YOKE MISHAP, RIGHT?

>> THE LAWSUIT AGAINST DEEN

FILED BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE

AT ONE OF HER RESTAURANTS

ALSO CLAIMS SHE USED THE "N"

WORD TO DESCRIBE BLACK

WAITERS SHE SUPPOSEDLY

WANTED TO HIRE FOR A

PLANTATION-THEMED WEDDING.

>> OH BOY.

THE BUTTER BASED GUMBO

THICKENS.

ALTHOUGH, ALTHOUGH LET'S

ACCEPT THE CIVIL WAR

PLANTATION WEDDING DOES

SOUND VERY ROMANTIC.

EVERYONE DRESSED IN CRISP

WHITE LINEN AND INSTEAD OF

RINGS THE BRIDE AND GROOM

EXCHANGE SLAVES, AND AFTER

THE RECEPTION THE UNION ARMY

COMES THROUGH AND BURNS

EVERYTHING TO THE GROUND.

A DAY THAT NO ONE WOULD SOON

FORGET.

OF COURSE THIS ISN'T THE

FIRST TIME THAT PAULA DEEN

HAS HAD TO DEFEND HER

ACTIONS.

>> DEEN IS NO STRANGER TO

PUBLIC CRITICISM.

IN 2012 THE CHEF KNOWN FOR

USING GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF

BUTTER IN HER RECIPES

ANNOUNCE SHE HAD BEEN

DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE II

DIABETES.

>> NOW, NOW, I KNOW THAT

LOOKS DISGUSTING.

BUT DON'T WORRY, IT'S NOT

BUTTER, THAT'S JUST PAULA

DEEN'S URINE WHICH-- WHICH,

WHICH TO BE FAIR, AT THIS

POINT IS ABOUT 85% BUTTER.

BOOM!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I GUESS WHAT I'M SAYING IS

I'M NOT SURPRISED SHE WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES.

I'M SURPRISED THEY DIDN'T

RENAME DIABETES THE PAULA

DEEN SYNDROME.

>> MACARONI AND CHEESE, I

WILL WRAP IT IF BACON AND

WE'RE GOING TO DEEP-FRY IT.

>> YUMMY FRIED CHEESE STEAK.

I WILL FINISH MAKING LOVE TO

MY TATER.

>> IN ENGLAND WE CALL THAT

BANGING YOUR MASH.

THAT DOES ACTUALLY STAND TO

REASON EVERY ITEM THAT COMES

OUT OF HER KITCHEN IS

COMPLETELY [BLEEP].

NOW THIS IS SUCH A RICH

COMEDIC BUFF AYE.

I THINK I MIGHT-- BUFFET, I

THINK I MIGHT BE FULL OF

PAULA DEEN JOKES, LET ME

JUST SETTLE MY STOMACH A

LITTLE BIT THERE.

THAT HELPSMENT I DON'T KNOW

IF I CAN EVEN STUFF IN

ANOTHER SLICE OF THIS STORY.

MAYBE JUST ONE EXTRA DETAIL,

JUST ONE.

MAYBE THE REASON THAT SHE

THOUGHT SHE SHOULD HAVE AN

ALL-BLACK WAIT STAFF AT A

PLANTATION WEDDING.

>> DEEN TALKS ABOUT A

RESTAURANT SHE AND HER

HUSBAND VISITED WHERE SHE

SAYS THE WAITERS WERE

MIDDLE-AGED BLACK MEN

WEARING WHITE JACKETS AND

BLACK BOW TIES.

SHE WAS ASKED IF THERE WAS

ANY POSSIBILITY THAT SHE

SLIPPED AND USED THE "N"

WORD WHEN DISCUSSING HER

EXPERIENCE AT THE RESTAURANT

TO WHICH SHE REPLIED, NO.

BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHAT

THESE MEN WERE.

THEY WERE PROFESSIONAL BLACK

MEN DOING A FABULOUS JOB.

THAT'S NOT WHAT THESE MEN

WERE.

NOT THESE PARTICULAR ONES?

YOU KNOW, PAULA THERE IS A

REASON THAT CHRIS ROCK CAN

DO A ROUTINE ABOUT THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK

PEOPLE AND N WORDS.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO LOOK

AT THE PICTURE AND TRY TO

FIGURE THAT OUT.

BUT-- I'M JUST WORRIED THAT

YOU GET CONFUSED ABOUT WHY

HE'S NOT WEARING A WHITE

JACKET AND BLACK BOW TIE.

WHAT?

I THINK--

(APPLAUSE)

I THINK WE MAY HAVE FOUND

THE INTERNET'S NEW MENTOS

GAME.

BUT WITH THE UGLYNESS OF THE

DEPOSITION, THE BIG QUESTION

IS CAN PAULA DEEN'S CAREER

SURVIVE.

>> AMERICA IS A COUNTRY THAT

IS WILLING TO FORGIVE.

WHAT SHE'S GOT TO DO IS

SOMEHOW SHOW THAT SUNNY SIDE

AND SHOW PEOPLE THAT THIS IS

NOT THE REAL PAULA DEEN.

>> YEAH, THE HOPE IS THAT

AMERICA WON'T THINK OF HER

AS PAULA DEEN THE CASUAL

RACIST BUT MORE AS PAULA

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