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Paula Deen's sons defend her, call racism charges 'extortion' and 'character assassination' -- VIDEO

Ever since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed last week, her butter-soaked empire has been slipping through her fingers. The Food Network elected not to renew the celebrity chef’s contract when it expires at the end of this month; Smithfield Foods is dropping her as a spokesperson; QVC is reviewing its business relationship with her. Somewhere, Anthony Bourdain is smirking and lighting a cigar.

But at least Deen can count on the support of two staunch defenders: her sons Jamie and Bobby, who are Food Network personalities in their own right. Allegations of Deen’s racism are “simply not true,” Bobby told CNN’s Chris Cuomo this morning.

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Lisa Lampanelli defends calling Lena Dunham the n-word: 'It means friend'

Finally, there’s a racially-charged controversy surrounding Lena Dunham that has nothing to do with the racial politics of Girls — or even Dunham herself, really.

Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli has never shied away from using controversial language in her standup act. But that didn’t stopped legions of Twitter users from being offended when Lampanelli tweeted a photo of herself with Dunham on Monday, adding a caption that reads, “Me with my n—a ‪@LenaDunham of ‪@HBOGirls — I love this beyotch!!” Here’s the tweet; obviously, there’s sensitive language ahead:

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Mark Harris: TV's Diversity Dilemma

Network execs are making a halfhearted effort to cast more diverse characters — but too often those characters are exactly like the white ones. When will minorities get not just a presence but a voice?

Lena Dunham’s excellent HBO series Girls is only three weeks old, but the acutely observed tragicomedy about four overeducated, underachieving white women in their early 20s has already come under fire from its small but devoutly ambivalent audience. The charge: lack of diversity. Girls feels like an odd target for that complaint: Why not, for example, Game of Thrones, where, except for the random dude on horseback, “swarthy” is about as ethnic as things get? I assume that extensive historical research has shown that very few people of color resided in Fake Magical Dragonia (or, apparently, in the neighboring fantasylands of Grimm, American Horror Story, and Once Upon a Time). Then again, since the entire target audience for Girls is TV critics, high-volume tweeters, and people who like to argue about stuff like diversity, it’s not surprising that this has come up. And although Girls is getting a bad rap, that shouldn’t overshadow the issue’s importance. READ FULL STORY

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