THE DAILY MEAL®
The decline of Paula Deen, and her brand, continues.
Last week, after a deposition in which she admitted using the “N” word was made public, the Savannah, Ga.-based cook, who’s spend years building a brand as a queen of Southern cooking with endorsement deals with a host of products and TV shows, was dropped by just about every major company that she worked with. Things just keep getting worse for her, even after issuing a tearful apology, as it’s now being reported that not only has Walmart vowed to stop carrying Deen-branded products, Caesars Entertainment plans to “rebrand” the four restaurants that bear her name.
Deen stood up Matt Lauer’s much-hyped TODAY show appearance, and was dropped by Food Network, who she worked with for the past 11 years. On Monday, Smithfield Foods, the ham producer,cancelled her spokeswoman contract as well. When FoodNetwork announced that her time slot would be filled by a show featuring Giada De Laurentiis, her fans flew into a rage, and now that her sons, who also have shows on Food Network, are coming to her defense, some are urging the network to cut ties with them as well.
Deen finally appeared on the TODAY show on Wednesday, but that did little to ebb the flow: later that day Walmart announced that it “would not place any new orders beyond what’s already committed” for its line of products that are endorsed by her and branded with her name, according to the Associated Press, and TMZ is reporting that Caesars Entertainment, which owns Deen-branded buffet restaurants in Harrah’s Tunica near Memphis, Tenn., Harrah’s Joliet near Chicago, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, and a buffet at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, has decided to “rebrand” those restaurants and has closed them down for a couple months.
Additionally, the AP is reporting that both Target, which carried Deen-branded cookware, and pharmacautical company Novo Nordisk, which produced the diabetes drug that Deen was famously hired to sponsor, have ended their relationships with her, as has The Home Depot, NBC News reported.
So as Deen’s endorsement deals, as well as her entire career, continue to fall away, what does she even have left at this point? A deal with QVC, which is reportedly “reviewing itsbusiness relationship,” with her. [QUOTE]
Updated June 28, 5:10 p.m. EST*
Now we know why Kristen Bell loves sloths so much: they’re both plant-eaters!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has crowned actress Kristen Bell and Parenthood actor Dax Shepard the sexiest vegetarian celebrities of 2013. The celebrity couple beat out other famous nominees like Anne Hathaway, Paul McCartney, former President Bill Clinton, and Newark mayor Cory Booker.
(WATCH: Baby Sloth Hands Woman a Flower)
Bell, who is in the middle of filming the Veronica Mars movie, has been a vegetarian since she was a teen.”I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with—dogs and cats, for example—from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat,” she says on PETA’s website. “I always loved my Brussels sprouts!”
Her fiancé Shepard has been a vegan since January of last…
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Gorillas are some of the smartest primates to roam the planet. They share strong family bonds, make and use tools, and can even be trained to communicate with sign language.
It’s no wonder then that this ape at the Dallas Zoo figured out pretty quickly how to stop a group of kids from heckling him in April. At first, as the children shriek and taunt the ape — yelling, “You ugly!” — the gorilla just sits near the glass partition separating him from the group and seems to barely notice the commotion. But when a student points his finger at the gorilla amidst the jeers, the ape gets fed up with the bratty bunch and decides to make a move.
Watch the clip above to see what happens next.
A Montreal-based fashion designer has created a pair of dresses that react to the viewer’s gaze by lighting up and moving on their own. Working with glow-in-the dark thread, structured plastic, and super-organza commonly used in costumes for the Paris Opera House and Europe’s top fashion brands, Ying Gao constructed the spotlight-loving dresses. “The gaze-activated dresses are embedded with eye-tracking technology that responds to an observer’s gaze by activating tiny motors to move parts of the dresses in mesmerising patterns,” Dezeen magazine explains. But that’s just the start: Once activated by the viewer, the dresses move in a pre-programmed fashion.
While one of the dresses is reminiscent of swimming jellyfish and the other has bands that evoke strands of DNA, Gao says her direct inspiration came from Paul Virilio’s 1979 essay, “Esthétique de la disparition” (The aesthetic of disappearance). As…
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New Living Translation (©2007)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. ISAIAH 41.10
By Maria Elena Fernandez, TODAY
Michael Jackson’s 16-year-old son’s bloodshot eyes welled up with tears Wednesday when he told a Los Angeles jury that when his father died in a hospital emergency room four years ago, the singer’s personal physician
simply turned to Jackson’s three children and said, “Sorry, kids, Dad’s dead.”
Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince, was the first member of the Jackson family to take the stand in the Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful death and negligence suitthat his grandmother filed against concert promoter AEG Live. At the time of his death, Jackson, 50, was in the middle of rehearsals for his “This is It” comeback tour in London. The lawsuit alleges that AEG was responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, as Jackson’s doctor.
Jackson’s eldest son remained composed as he spoke of the special relationship he and his siblings had with their father and described in detail the confusing days before the King of Pop died, and the impact of his death on the lives of his children.
“It will never be the same,” said the teen who lives with his grandmother, a cousin, and siblings in Calabasas, Calif. He talked about how challenging life has been for his 15-year-old sister, Paris, who is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after a suicide attempt on June 5. He said his 11-year-old brother, Prince Michael Jackson, known as Blanket, “is so young he doesn’t realize what he lost” and that he and Paris no longer celebrate their birthdays.
“She was hit the hardest,” he said. “She was my dad’s princess. She is definitely dealing with it in her own way.”