When it comes to the gay-taunting students of Rutgers University, Southern chef Paula Deen, thinks they should throw the book at them.
Deen, who is simultaneously something of an unlikely gay icon and a heroine to Bible-Belt housewives, tackled the issue at her ‘Down Home Cookin’ Gospel Brunch yesterday in New York. The densely crowded event at the Plaza Hotel featured inspirational talk, spiritual songs and an elaborate church-supper-like theme.
“I definitely have my thoughts on this. These people at Rutgers were cruel, and I think they should be charged,” the Food TV personality told The Observer. While their student status may seem to mark them as children, she said, “these were adults. You don’t treat your fellow man that way.”
So far, the two Rutgers freshman who allegedly filmed a classmate in his dorm room having sex with a man and then posted it to the Internet have been charged only with invasion of privacy.
Deen’s brunch was one of the final events of the third annual New York Wine & Food Festival. Deen and organizers announced at the brunch that the four-day event raised about $1 million for charities Share Our Strength and the Food Bank for New York City.