Monday, May 20, 2013
Bubba Hiers and his famous sister, Paula Deen, have gone from the frying pan and into the fire. The Southern chef, who favors lots of butter and sugar in her dishes, recently came under fire for revealing that she suffers from Type 2 diabetes and shills for a diabetic drug - all the while cooking up fatty, sugary dishes that may have contributed to her condition. This time, she and Hiers, who co-own the Savannah, Ga., restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, are being sued for sexual harassment. Lisa Jackson, who was the general manager of the restaurant from 2005 to 2010, alleges that Hiers engaged in pornography at work and asked Jackson to bring pictures of herself when she was younger, telling her she had "nice legs" and making suggestive comments about servers at the restaurant, including one who got dentures, who he told, "I bet your husband is going to like that." Both siblings engaged in bad behavior, Jackson alleges, even before she was hired. The previous manager, who was married at the time, was fired for having sex with servers. Radaronline.com reports that Deen, in a company meeting that included Jackson, said, "If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**y, you better think again, and now I'm going to do something I have never done I am going to put a woman in a man's job." To add insult to injury, Jackson says that while Hiers took the lion's share of sexual harassment comments, the siblings both indulged in racist comments on the regular. As Jackson organized Hiers' wedding, she asked Deen what the servers should wear, and Deen allegedly replied, "Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding, wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that." Understatement of the year, y'all. It's a good thing Deen's publicist, who ditched Deen over the diabetes debacle, quit while she was ahead.