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Paula Deen

My N-Word Excuse ...

I'm Old

6/20/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0620_paula_deen_article_tmzPaula Deen is using the "I'm from the South" excuse to justify her use of the N-word ... saying that when she grew up, dropping an N-bomb was no big deal because everyone was racist.

Paula Deen Enterprises just issued the following statement to TMZ ... "During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today."

FYI -- the "time" Paula admitted to using the N-word was 1986!!!!!

Anyway, the statement continues ... "[Paula] was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today."

"To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination. "

As we previously reported, Deen admitted using the N-word during a sworn deposition stemming from a lawsuit ... in which the chef and her brother are accused of using offensive language at Paula's restaurant in Georgia.

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46.

zombie007    

I still use that word from time to time.

433 days ago
47.

Fashionistazoe    

Ok she's an old racist, who cares? Why is TMZ trying to stretch this story so much? Racism is taught. Therefore she grew up hearing it and used it without backlash. It's not an excuse but it is what it is. She's going die an old racist woman. Next.

433 days ago
48.

Adam    

PLEASE TMZ!!! Who hasn't used it - and more importantly, who gives a ****!

433 days ago
49.

Maria    

Being from the South is no excuse. Paula is as sly as a fox and everything she does is for publicity and for making herself more money. She will come out with a new cookbook in a day or so.

433 days ago
50.

OhReally    

There are no excuses regardless of age ... things change people too .. she's a RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would never buy not another cookbook or watch her .. She Sucks Big Time !!!!!!!!!!!!!

433 days ago
51.

TheTruth    

We cancelled $5000 worth of product from Paula Deen thanks for showing your true colors. Memphis, Tn Baptist cooking counsel. NEVER AGAIN other companies should follow suit

433 days ago
52.

barf    

All the rap artists use it, so don't make such a fuss about it! as long as the brothers call each other n this n that, white folks wont see the deal about it being so bad. friggin double standards

433 days ago
53.

Leopold butters Stotch     

Someone should punch this lady not for using that word, just for being an old bag.

433 days ago
54.

uliar    

People are so self righteous. Everyone has either said a racial slur about about another race or thought it.

433 days ago
55.

Woot    

If my 82 year old father could change, so can this hateful bag.

433 days ago
56.

Vic Creed    

From my experience America is the most racist homophobic country in the world! Take it from a person who's traveled.

433 days ago
57.

Truth    

Liberal logic: EVERYONE from the South has to "prove" they are not racist, because stereotyping is wrong.

433 days ago
58.

NikkiMarq    

Lawsuit against Paula Deen, her brother, and their companies....

http://www.scribd.com/doc/148781831/Jackson-v-Deen-Et-Al-Complaint

433 days ago
59.

Shortblondetallcup    

Why does it seem Paula Deen is getting more flak for this than Quintin got for Django? Obviously everyone dissing Ms. Deen hasn't watched the 10 times Academy Award Winner "Gone With the Wind"...doesn't make it right, but t'was the times. If you didn't own slaves or use the "n" word, good for you, but you and your ancestors also did squat to help the situation, so get off your high horse. Bystanders are worse than those who commit the crimes. At the end of the day, if we want to gaurentee the disuse of the "n" word, everyone has to stop using it.

433 days ago
60.

Woot    

We need to speak up LOUDLY AND CLEARLY and stop letting this pass by without so much as a blip on the radar. I don't care if it doesn't register much in most people's minds... IT NEEDS TO! We need to make it a big deal so people consciously start to THINK before they speak. This is the only way we break bad habits.

433 days ago
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