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Paula Deen

Ridiculous Apology

For Using N-Word

6/21/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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-- FYI, Paula just yanked the video apology from her YouTube channel.

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Paula Deen
continues to step in it, and we know part of the problem is that her team doesn't have a clue.

She just issued a weird, video apology with an edit after almost every sentence.  It's as if some publicist is feeding her lines that she has trouble delivering.

Rather than explaining why she used the N-word in the past -- something she might have been able to explain given her background -- she's just begging for forgiveness.  It feels like it's coming from a bunch of suits, and not from her heart.  Huge miss.

Sources connected with Deen tell TMZ ... this was an apology produced by committee -- a committee of lawyers, publicists and other managers who don't understand the meaning of the word "apology."  They've strung a bunch of words together that make Deen look pathetic ... throwing herself at the mercy of the court of public opinion.

It's sad.

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31.

Shells Bells    

It doesn't matter if PD is "old school" or not, the bottom line is she knows better than to use derogatory, racist terms, especially in public. Why even bother issuing an apology of any kind, especially one drafted by a manager or publicist? She's not sorry, she doesn't believe her actions were inappropriate, and you obviously can't teach an old dog new tricks. It's a blatant, shameful display in the first place, and her contrived "apology" makes it even worse.

398 days ago
32.

Jana    

Wow... Tmz has gone crazy with their hatred of Paula. Give her a break. On the stand she told the truth. So why continue with beating her up. She doesn't have sex tapes, drug problems, or get arrested for drunk driving like other celebs that tmz is much nicer to. Okay she uttered a slur... Honestly WHO hasn't? At least once?

398 days ago
33.

Jessi    

It actually looks heartfelt to me. Maybe that is why it was edited so much. If she was speaking off the cuff she may have not said everything so eloquently and that's why it needed to be edited. I really think if it was a team putting together her statement it would have sounded much more put together. She looked like she was having a hard time getting the words out while fighting back tears. People are so harsh on her for this. Is it really so surprising that a woman who grew up in the South in such a time that she did would have used that word at some point in her life? People were so ignorant back then! This is another example of the media making something worse than it really is.

398 days ago
34.

Chris    

Everyone that uses the N word or cracker is not a racist. Uneducated, rude or disrespectful would be more accurate. Please buy a dictionary or google racism. When people continue to confuse hateful or inappropriate speech it, looses it's meaning.

398 days ago
35.

Jericho Morton    

It's not a mistake to use that word, it is a conscious decision. Same as it's not a mistake to eat too much food every single day and end up fat. It's people who are hard-of-thinking.

398 days ago
36.

Trash    

TMZ still loving their race baiting!!

398 days ago
37.

Jmc    

Oh my lord why is everyone crucifying her...oh lord she admitted she used that kind of language...No one is perfect and I can guarentee you that everyone in their life has said or done things that they wish they didn't. So people need to get overthemselves and stop pointing fingers. People need to remember no one is perfect and we are not to judge. Prejudice exsist in every race and everyone knows it.

398 days ago
38.

pam    

Shame on u....she can now try and save her reputation but i really do think it's too late...i have NEVER liked her as she has a BIG mouth and she thinks she's all that....shame on u as i have 3 interracial nieces and a nephew....u seem really sincere on tv but u proved us all WRONG....there is no one better that ourselves black, white, green or blue were ALL the SAME....start thinking before u talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

398 days ago
39.

tgrfan42069    

the funny part is.the ones crucifying her probably use those kind of words more than she has done.the ones who are so hell bent on blasting her.do so the make themselves feel good about using the words.

398 days ago
40.

Detective. LaToya    

Stupid racist trash!

398 days ago
41.

Stacey Loflin    

I'm thinking she was sincere - what's so wrong with her apology - you're damned if you do apologize - and damned if you don't...what do you people want?

398 days ago
42.

PT    

Who gives two ****s?

398 days ago
43.

Cornman    

has anyone ever seen a white complain about racist remarks being called honky or cracker. ever heard of a lawsuit? blacks call gays queers all the time no difference. if blacks didnt have such a bad reputation as a race they would not have to worry about it. mexicans dont have a bad reputation in this country. everytime u turn on the news blacks are robbing,killing, raping. there is white trash too. but its about time they as a race get over it. its equal opportunity in this country.

398 days ago
44.

cash0ryan    

I hate Paula & all her phony b.s....but every Southern cook in the world has dropped the N bomb at least 1000 times in their lives and probably most of the Northern ones as well....doesn't make it right but at least she owned it in her day in court. Should saute her P.R. team in butter, reduce heat, & fire.

398 days ago
45.

TheTruthIs    

OK! That was beautiful. Now, we can look forward to all the black celebrities apologizing for their stupid comments. Equal opportunity apologists!

398 days ago
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