Comment: In the end...

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In the end...

... this is about a private company firing an employee because it disagreed with her actions.

By accepting employment with the Food Network, Paula Deen agreed to a contract which she broke with her behaviour. If adding too much butter to recipes was against the contract, they could have fired her for that too.

There was no prior restraint here. There was no censorship. Frankly I find the subset of DP users who think it's okay for rich white women (whether they're from the south or not) to be able to use the n-word without social consequence absolutely monstrous.

Freedom of speech does not mean people have to like what you say. It only means you're free to say it.