#Paulasbestdishes Is the Best Thing to Come Out of the Internet in a Long Time

Paula Deen’s racist comments set off a Twitter backlash.

Paula Deen
Deen's food empire is in a PR tailspin as her lawsuit deposition goes public. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

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.

Did you tweet any suggestions for #paulasbestdishes? Leave them in the Comments.

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