Supporters of Paula Deen have taken to Wal-Mart's Facebook page in protest after the world's largest retailer said it was ending its merchandising relationship with the Southern celebrity chef accused of using a racial slur.
On Wednesday, after Deen's tearful appearance on NBC's "The Today Show," the Bentonville-based retailer said it ended its relationship with Deen and will not place "any new orders beyond what's already committed."
Wal-Mart sells Deen's line of branded cookware and food products. Other retailers, including Target Corp., are considering dropping the Deen brand, and Food Network said it will no longer carry her cooking show.
Still, others have voiced support for Deen, including another Bentonville firm, Club Marketing Services, which helps companies sell products to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club. And according to The Associated Press, Deen has also received support from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he called Deen and agreed to help her, "saying she shouldn't become a sacrificial lamb over the issue of racial intolerance."
And Deen's fans have been especially vocal on social media, including posts on Wal-Mart's corporate Facebook page. You can see a sample of some of the recent posts below, and Business Insider has a bigger roundup of posts here.
- The Capital Hotel Opens One Eleven at the Capital
- Reports: APEX Tool to Close Springdale Plant That Employs 250
- Reports: Wal-Mart Nabs Another Shopping App, Luvocracy
- Bruce Oakley To Give Turner Grain Money To Judge 2 days ago
- Windstream Holdings COO Brent Whittington to Resign 14 hours ago
- Clinton National Airport Reveals $20M Concourse Renovation Plans 14 hours ago
- NLR Woman Pleads Guilty to $1M Payroll Fraud 12 hours ago
- Sources: Turner Grain Appears Headed to Bankruptcy, Losses in Millions 3 days ago