— Jamie Deen (@jamie_deen) June 13, 2014
*Paula Deen is in the midst of a comeback following her own racism scandal, just as her son looks to be starting his own.
Amid rumors that Jamie Deen’s own Food Network show has been cancelled, RadarOnline.com reports that on June 13, he posted the above pic of himself kissing an older African-American woman, captioning the pic “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar”
The woman in the photo, Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, has been at the center of accusations of racism surrounding the family.
In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch claimed, “Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 a.m., when the doors opened at [her restaurant] Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.” Jones was also tasked with making hoecakes at an open kitchen station in view of customers, and according to the paper, “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”
While Deen denied the accusation, former employee Dora Charles said, “Jellyroll didn’t want to hear that. She didn’t want to do that.”
Jones has said she only has positive things to say about her employment with Deen.
But still, others are pointing out the root of the family’s supposedly loving nickname for the cook.
With ties to black jazz artist “Jelly Roll” Morton and African American slang for female genitalia, “Jelly Roll” as Deen’s choice of a nickname has come under fire on Twitter for its racist connotations.
“Wow, did Paula Deen really call one of her workers JellyRoll?” LaVerne Mack (@shaigirl11) wrote on Twitter. “I find that more offensive than the N-word.”
Tyler Richardson (@Ty1erRichardson) wrote, “Paula Deen employeed a woman named Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones. She has some sense of humor.”
The questionable tweets comes amid new reports from the New York Post that Jamie’s Food Network show, “Home For Dinner with Jamie Deen” has not been renewed for a third season.