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Black 'Next Food Network Star'

Give Paula a Break

'We Are All Human'

6/24/2013 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The chef who won Season 4 of "The Next Food Network Star" is coming out in defense of Paula Deen, saying she's been nothing but a friend to him throughout his career ... even though he's Black.

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. just released a statement on his Facebook page, writing, "Paula has always been very helpful and supportive throughout my career, and as her friend I'm saddened to see that she is going through a tough time right now."

Aaron asked his fans to give Paula the benefit of the doubt, and added, "We are all human and we should never be too quick to judge anyone."

Translation: I still want Paula Deen to like me.

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elisabelle    

What some of you WHITE PEOPLE on here fail to understand, because u could never understand, the ugly words like : hate, murder, lynching, oppression that you are really saying when you say the word "******". GENERATIONS of innocent people were ENSLAVED, do you understand the severity of that. & the implications it has for us now. & for the record I'm mixed black & german.

384 days ago
32.

Rich     

Watch out Obama may have you arrested to silence your honesty.

384 days ago
33.

elisabelle    

How dare any of you basically imply "get over it" no we will remember & never ever forget. Forgive maybe. But never forget.

384 days ago
34.

DJ    

What's wrong with the Food network? How long ago did this happen and what about getting all the facts before reacting. Hope the entire Food Network shuts down at this point.

384 days ago
35.

Swank    

Uncle tom bootlicker

384 days ago
36.

Shane    

Please kind sir. You, "SHOULD DIG A TAD BIT DEEPER...before you open you mouth on her behalf!" (It is quite obvious you know not many underlining negative behaviors relative to this woman!)

384 days ago
37.

bill    

Finally, a mench. The witch hunt against her is ridiculous.

384 days ago
38.

Sid    

Hey now, I'm a big fan of consistency. So if you feel Paula is getting what she deserves than you need to ask is everyone else that has used words that are offensive being treated the same way. Anyone of TMZ staff have the guts to post the racially insensitive comments made by those in the "thirty mile zone". C'mon get off you lazy asses and post the list. I know three guys that can tell you the comments brad Pitt made about blacks while wearing that chicken suit before his big break. Do some reporting lazy douchebags.

384 days ago
39.

sadia    

North West will never have to apply for a job!

383 days ago
40.

ac    

he obviously did not read the civil suit:
http://multimedia.savannahnow.com/media/030612Deen.pdf

382 days ago
41.

lisa c    

Love Aaron McCargo! He is my favorite person to watch because he cooks like my family eats!

381 days ago
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