Yesterday may have very well been one of the worst days ever for Paula Deen, but it was comedic gold for the rest of the Internet.
The Queen of Southern Cooking (and all things butter) and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers, were named in a lawsuit earlier this year, by a former employee who allege the pair created a hostile and racist work environment.
But on Wednesday, Deen's videotaped deposition went public; in it, she admits to repeatedly using racial slurs—but not "in a mean way"—laughing at racial jokes and having an earlier conversation where she admitted to admiring "Southern plantation style weddings" with all-black servers dressed in identical uniforms.
It took all of an hour for Twitter to grab hold of the story and create its own hashtag about the chef, #paulasbestdishes, which is trending internationally for the second day in a row.
Users are going to town coming up with racist twists on traditional Southern meals. And that may be the most encouraging angle of this incident; racism may be alive and well for many in this country, but there are just as many for whom it remains an idea so reprehensible and ridiculous, it can only be expressed as the butt of a joke. And these are some of the best.
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You Hear White Folk Talkin You Better Hushpuppies #PaulasBestDishes— Shen Tsung (@Rebel_Salute) June 19, 2013
Country Club Quota Quiche #PaulasBestDishes— HellaAbrasive (@NoTime4YourShit) June 19, 2013
— RecordBreakingFav (@NickeyStaar) June 19, 2013
"I can't believe they freed you!" Fried Chicken #PaulasBestDishes— Cabbage Patch Ninja. (@thewayoftheid) June 19, 2013
Two Y'all-Ain't-Welcome-Round-These-Parts Angel Cake #PaulasBestDishes— Jingleheimerschmidt (@illquitlater) June 19, 2013
#PaulasBestDishes "I Love Black People" salad. ...who am I kidding? Paula would never make a salad.— Kris Weaver (@Kris_Actually) June 19, 2013
White and Dark chocolate segregated mousse #PaulasBestDishes— Rita A (@ritaag) June 19, 2013
Massa-roni & Cheese #PaulasBestDishes— Black Canseco (@BlackCanseco) June 19, 2013
Seperate But Equal Eggs #PaulasBestDishes— Still Chill Withers (@CJStarchild) June 19, 2013
Stop 'N Frisk Ham 'N Biscuits #paulasbestdishes— Cabbage Patch Ninja. (@thewayoftheid) June 19, 2013
Back Of The Bus Biscuits #PaulasBestDishes— ʃɑ̃.paɲ (michael) (@emptychampagne) June 19, 2013
They Over There By The Drinkin' Gourd Tryna Escape Mac 'n Cheese #paulasbestdishes— Cabbage Patch Ninja. (@thewayoftheid) June 19, 2013