Innocent BBQ Joint Hit by Deen Fallout
Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q gets 'intense' messages
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 1:14 PM CDT
In this publicity image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday...   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

(Newser) – Leave Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q alone. It isn't the same Smithfield that dropped Paula Deen in the wake of her racism scandal. One is a small restaurant chain from Smithfield, NC. The other is a huge pork producer from Smithfield, Va. But that distinction hasn't stopped the BBQ joint from facing a torrent of abuse for the ham producer's having dumped the former Food Network star as its spokesperson, Triangle Business Journal reports. "I guess people have really embraced her, because these messages are a lot more ... I don’t want to say venomous, but a lot more intense," says the company's owner. Meanwhile, Deen was busy apologizing on the Today show this morning.

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Jun 30, 2013 10:36 PM CDT
There is no such thing as an INNOCENT BBQ JOINT !
Jun 27, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
After Caesar's closed and locked up her restaurant in Tunica, I have declared Tunica as status non existicus. In other words, its dead to me. I also am going to Vegas in a couple months for two weeks and the first is at a convention the other week is vacation. I will not darken the doors of any Caesar's entertainment property in protest of them closing Paula's flagship restaurant. Caesar's is also status deadicus to me, or if you want a better way to say it :Caesar's entertainment est mortuus.
Jun 27, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
I can vouch for the fact that people in NC that would care about such a matter are not all that bright.