As you all might remember, I gave away two pairs of tickets on this blog for the Paula Deen Live performance at the Salem Civic Center this past Saturday, Oct. 2. Both winners were extremely excited to go or give the tickets to relatives who desperately wanted to see Paula. I asked both winners to let me know how the show went and send pictures, if possible. They sincerely promised to do so.
Yesterday, I had e-mails waiting from them both, but they didn’t describe the wonderful, priceless experience I thought they would. In fact, it sounds like the show was rather disappointing for several reasons. I’ve talked to a colleague who attended the show with his wife, and while he said they had a good time and thought Paula and her husband, Michael Groover, were funny, he confirmed there was some cursing and bawdiness and said they, too, were surprised that Paula didn’t actually cook. He added that the show lasted about 90 minutes, with Paula saying she was in a rush to leave and catch a plane.
Here are excerpts from the e-mails I exchanged with the winners:
Teresa, who took her 10-year-old girl, Carrigan: “Would like to be able to tell you that we loved the show but I can’t lie. It wasn’t wholesome family entertainment. Wish I had been warned about Paula and her husband Micheal’s sailor mouths. I can deal with cursing and sexual references because I am an adult, but my 10 year old will never view Paula Dean the same. I just wasn’t prepared as a parent to have to answer questions like,”Mom,why are they talking so dirty to each other?”
Sorry I don’t have a better update. Will be interested in finding out what others thought of the show. let me say in Paula’s defense that if I had attended with another adult it probably would not have bothered me. Paula even ask at the very beginning of the show how many kids were there, several children raised their hands and she still proceeded with cursing the entire 90 mins! I take comfort in knowing that I didn’t buy the tickets. There were several elderly folks sitting near us who seemed offended as well by the language.
Please don’t think that I’ m upset with you or not appreciative for the opportunity to go and see her. We were just under the impresion that it would be cleaner and OK to take a child to see!”
Renee, who gave her tickets to her mother-in-law and sister-in-law: “Well, we finally got the low-down on how the show went … My mother-in-law said, overall, it was great getting to see Paula and all but the whole show left alot to be desired. Apparently, there was a meet and greet an hour ahead of time which very few people knew about. She said that she heard alot of people really complaining about not knowing about that … Plus, Paula didn’t even cook herself – it was just her husband and the other person. They were tickled to death to get to go but were disappointed with how the whole thing was handled. Anyway, many thanks again for giving them an experience that neither they nor we could’ve done on our own.”
I did a little Googling to see if I could find any other references to Deen cursing on stage, and came up with this link to a story on Slashfood about a counterlawsuit resulting from a failed touring arrangement. The reference to language is in the fourth paragraph.
I’d like to hear from others who saw Deen’s show at the civic center this past weekend. Were you happy with what you got for the money? Did any of Deen and Groover’s behavior offend you? Would you have taken a 10-year-old child to see the show?