Horseshoe Casino issues statement after Deen controversy

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 22 at 4:19 PM

ELIZABETH, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana now issuing a statement after several people threaten to boycott because of controversy surrounding Paula Deen, the famous chef has a buffet inside the casino.

The casino issued this statement to WHAS11 Friday evening- "Paula Deen has acknowledged using a racial slur in the past. As a company with a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Horseshoe Southern Indiana is deeply disturbed by what we are reading in the press and strongly object to any use of racial epithets. We will continue to monitor the situation"

Deen's restaurant opened in 2010. On Friday, Food Network announced they will not renew her contract, which is up at the end of June even after the famous chef issued a tearful apology on Youtube. The decision has mixed reaction in Kentuckiana.

Jordan Williams said he supported the Food Network's decision. “I think it was OK...today's society that's what most people want to happen but as far as me eating there it...it wouldn't affect..it's her opinion," Williams said.

Chantez Toops said she supports Paula Deen, "She apologized so let it go. It was three years ago."

Deen admitted to using racial slurs including the "N word" after a lawsuit was filed against her and her brother.

 

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