‘More Offensive Than the N-Word’: Paula Deen’s Son Posts Photo of Him Kissing Employee ‘Forced’ to Dress Up Like Aunt Jemima
Paula Deen’s son and fellow cooking show host Jamie Deen has re-ignited the racism accusations that have surrounded his family after last year’s “N-word scandal” with photos of him kissing an African-American employee who was previously reportedly “forced” to dress up like Aunt Jemima.
On Friday, Deen posted the photo on Twitter, writing “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar.”
The woman in the photo is Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, an employee of the Deens who found herself at the center of last year’s scandal.
In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 am, when the doors opened at Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.”
The paper also reported that “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”
Deen denied those accusations but Jones’ cousin told reporters “Jellyroll didn’t want to hear that. She didn’t want to do that.”
The photo immediately re-ignited some of the furor over the family’s previous scandal.
Twitter user LaVerne Mack wrote “Wow, did Paula Deen really call one of her workers Jelly Roll? I find that more offensive than the N word.”
The new uproar comes as Paula Deen attempts to rebuild her reputation after being canned by the Food Network.
Instead, she is launching her own show and charging viewers $10 per month for access.
“You can throw out your TV, now.” Deen said at her announcement. “We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes. Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want.”
She also opened a new Paula Deen store. Of course, that store opened to news of customers forced to wait outside for hours before she finally arrived to open the doors.