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Until this summer, Paula Deen, the former Food Network celebrity chef, was best known for her love of butter and deep-fried Southern cooking. Not anymore. In deposition testimony—testimony that went viral on the Internet from a racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit by a former employee—Deen admitted that years earlier, she had used the “n-word” and said she wanted to give her brother a true “southern style plantation wedding,” with Civil War-era serving by “middle-aged black men” wearing “white jackets with a black bow tie.” In the wake of this testimony, the Food Network, and sponsors such as Wal-Mart, Target, QVC and Random House, suspended or severed ties with Deen.

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