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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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탑 TOP    

um duh

440 days ago
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Whateverbytch    

yes, you're old...and dumb, diabetic and full of butter & lard...disgusting hick

440 days ago
3.

BaadBoy    

That headline is a bit sideways. It should read “Excuses for using the N-word are old.”

440 days ago
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Detective. LaToya    

It's not the just the fact that she uses the word, it's the fact that she's racist. Don't blame being old or being born in the south for her bigotry. This is nothing but damage control. Not surprising. All white are racist. They hide it well because it's not acceptable but give them enough reason and their true colors will show.

440 days ago
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Meg    

1986....that is almost 20 bloody years ago! Come on TMZ, stop trying to make this more of a big deal than it is!

440 days ago
6.

dick    

All of use the N word all the time.

440 days ago
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Mary Ann McQueen    

There is NO EXCUSE for hate or ignorance.

440 days ago
8.

Jim Deen    

STFU to everyone who sceams "RACIST" just because someone uses a word. You all need to grow up.

440 days ago
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D. Potter    

Really, who cares? If you don't agree with her behavior, don't support her or her businesses. Secondly, I'm not sure why people get so upset at this type of thing. To me, it's no different than calling someone an a-hole, idiot, ***, wetback, or any other name. Names only hurt if you let it hurt you. Grow up and move on...TMZ, quit hate mongering...

440 days ago
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jill    

yeah, when she admitted using the word, I was like, UH duh, it would be nuts for her to deny it. I dont know ANYONE her age, who hadnt said it at one point in their life. lawyers were asking really dumb questions that proved NOTHING

440 days ago
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Mikey    

dropping an N-bomb was no big deal because everyone was racist


Yes, makes sense.

440 days ago
12.

Elsa    

Has Harvey ever said or used the word?

Dont hold her to the fire for things everyone has done.

440 days ago
13.

Ace    

They should have asked her if she ever hung a rope from a Pecan tree.

440 days ago
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Lucky_130    

Give this woman a break

440 days ago
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Lucky_130    

Give this woman a break

440 days ago
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