In a recently released statement butter queen Paula Deen admits she used the “N” word and says she is sorry.
“I want to learn and grow from this,” the beloved celebrity chef and controversal diabetic said, noting that her use of the word was unexceptionable.
“I beg for your forgiveness,” she said in the short statement. Here is a video of her apology.
The now former 66-year-old Food Network host and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers are being sued by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
Jackson alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment filled with racial slurs. She wants $1.2 million.
According to a disposition, Jackson in one incident asked Dean about waiter uniforms for a wedding and Deen said the following:
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n—-s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” Paula Deen laughed and said “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
How’s that for a little south out of her mouth?
Deen remembered that conversation differently, saying the following when asked about the incident:
"I don’t recall that. I recall - I do recall, once again, in my bathroom at that house, and why we would have been in the bathroom, I was probably filming and changing clothes, that’s the only reason why we would have been in that bathroom, they must have run out during my lunch break or something from filming, and I remember us talking about the meal. And I remember telling them about a restaurant that my husband and I had recently visited. And I’m wanting to think it was in Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere, and it was so impressive. The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret."
Not taking up for Paula Deen here or saying there shouldn’t be backlash, but she isn’t the only person in the world to use the N word. We all know what word I am talking about.
I am not sure if Deen is sorry. I am not sure if Deen would have apologized if she were not called on the carpet and, I am not saying she should get a pass.
The thing is that a lot of people - particularly some of those of a certain age - throw the N word and other derogatory words around like they are basketballs used in that one amusement park game.
The use of the N- word shows these folks are insensitive and ignorant for sure. They really, really, really should know better by now.
Its been a very, very, very long time since the N word and simular words used to oppress other human beings has been acceptable.
That said, being ignorant doesn’t necessarily make you a racist. Ignorance also doesn’t make you immune to criticism.
Be honest, when was the last time you said the N, F, B, C or any other ‘letter’ word?
How often do you make fun of someone because they are different than you - black, white, brown, gay, straight, female, male, etc.
What do you think? Let us know below.