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Paula Deen Racist Comments Update: Rep Speaks

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As we reported earlier, Paula Deen’s racist comments made during a May 17 deposition and revealed this month have taken the web by storm — and now reps for the celeb chef have addressed the media firestorm.

The Inquisitr reported earlier on the Paula Deen racism claims, referring back to a National Enquirer story about a deposition given by Deen in an ongoing suit.

When asked if she’d used the n-word before, Deen replied “yes, of course,” before appearing to downplay the possibly offensive nature of race and religion based humor.

Deen is quoted as having said:

“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … I can’t determine what offends another person.”

Even more bizarrely, Paula Deen references a strange inspiration she recalls after being waited upon by black staff, and she reportedly says:

“I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men, it was black women … I would say they were slaves.”

Paula Deen is no stranger to controversy, but after today’s racism claims, a rep for the Southern belle was forced to address the brewing brouhaha.

It appears that after Deen made the “yes, of course” statement, she followed up by saying that she was once robbed and may have used the word — nearly 30 years ago:

“Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head … Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”

Bill Franklin, a lawyer for Paula Deen, said of the racist comment reports in a statement:

“Contrary to media reports. Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

Do you think Paula Deen’s racist comments will harm her public image?

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11 Responses to “Paula Deen Racist Comments Update: Rep Speaks”

  1. Mari Morrison

    big frickin deal, I thought we had freedom of speech in this 'free country, oh I guess we are not free since the idiots have taken over the airwaves…at least we can still think what we wish to think…thank God!

  2. Mari Morrison

    So sick and tired of stupid people and their 'political correctness.'…live and let live…..jerks!

  3. Ryan Blackhawke

    Oh come on. You're just mad that there are now consequences for repugnant behavior that you find perfectly acceptable.

  4. Cheryl Burger-Worthington

    People you are going off what the media has reported. This looks like a disgruntled employee out to make a fast buck. The call each other the N word all the time but, If a white folk does it there is a lynch mob out to get ya. Which is exactly what this is. This women is just out to ruin Paula and it is a shame that this kind of crap is allowed to happen.

  5. Cheryl Burger-Worthington

    People you are going off what the media has reported. This looks like a disgruntled employee out to make a fast buck. The call each other the N word all the time but, If a white folk does it there is a lynch mob out to get ya. Which is exactly what this is. This women is just out to ruin Paula and it is a shame that this kind of crap is allowed to happen.

  6. Tjvalady Jensen

    Cheryl according to my research. The following is a definition of the N word……. The variants neger and negar, derive from the Spanish and Portuguese word negro (black), and from the now-pejorative French nègre (negro). Etymologically, negro, noir, nègre, and nigger ultimately derive from nigrum, the stem of the Latin niger (black) (pronounced [ˈniɡer] which, in every other grammatical case, grammatical gender, and grammatical number besides nominative masculine singular, is nigr-, the r is trilled).

    In the Colonial America of 1619, John Rolfe used negars in describing the African slaves shipped to the Virginia colony. Later American English spellings, neger and neggar, prevailed in a northern colony, New York under the Dutch, and in metropolitan Philadelphia's Moravian and Pennsylvania Dutch communities; the African Burial Ground in New York City originally was known by the Dutch name "Begraafplaats van de Neger" (Cemetery of the Negro); an early US occurrence of neger in Rhode Island, dates from 1625. An alternative word for African Americans was the English word, "Black", used by Thomas Jefferson in his Notes on the State of Virginia. Among Anglophones, the word nigger was not always considered derogatory, because it then denoted "black-skinned", a common Anglophone usage. Nineteenth-century English (language) literature features usages of nigger without racist connotation, e.g. the Joseph Conrad novella The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897). Moreover, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain created characters who used the word as contemporary usage. Twain, in the autobiographic book Life on the Mississippi (1883), used the term within quotes, indicating reported usage, but used the term "negro" when speaking in his own narrative persona.

    During the fur trade of the early 1800s to the late 1840s in the Western United States, the word was spelled "niggur", and is often recorded in literature of the time. George Fredrick Ruxton often included the word as part of the "mountain man" lexicon, did not indicate that the word was pejorative at the time. "Niggur" was evidently similar to the modern use of dude, or guy. This passage from Ruxton's Life in the Far West illustrates a common use of the word in spoken form—the speaker here referring to himself: "Travler, marm, this niggur's no travler; I ar' a trapper, marm, a mountain-man, wagh!" It was not used as a term exclusively for blacks among mountain men during this period, as Indians, Mexicans, and Frenchmen and Anglos alike could be a "niggur".

    By the 1900s, nigger had become a pejorative word. In its stead, the term colored became the mainstream alternative to negro and its derived terms. Abolitionists in Boston, Massachusetts, posted warnings to the Colored People of Boston and vicinity. Writing in 1904, journalist Clifton Johnson documented the "opprobrious" character of the word nigger, emphasizing that it was chosen in the South precisely because it was more offensive than "colored." Established as mainstream American English usage, the word colored features in the organizational title of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, reflecting the members' racial identity preference at the 1909 foundation. In the Southern United States, the local American English dialect changes the pronunciation of negro to nigra. Linguistically, in developing American English, in the early editions of A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language (1806), lexicographer Noah Webster suggested the neger new spelling in place of negro.

    By the late 1960s, the social progress achieved by groups in the United States such as the Black Civil Rights Movement (1955–68), had legitimized the racial identity word black as mainstream American English usage to denote black-skinned Americans of African ancestry. In the 90's, "Black" was later displaced in favor of the compound blanket term African American. Moreover, as a compound word, African American resembles the vogue word Afro-American, an early-1970s popular usage. Currently, some black Americans continue to use the word nigger, often spelled as nigga and niggah, without irony, either to neutralize the word's impact or as a sign of solidarity.

    I hope this assisted you as well as others to understand what this word means and where it came from. To be honest if this word is considered offensive then no one no matter your race should be aloud to use this word for any reason. No questions asked.

  7. Tjvalady Jensen

    interesting if what Paula did is wrong then what about Lil Wayne desecrating the American Flag in his upcoming video. This is ok because he is Lil Wayne if your going to attack Paula then you should do the same to Lil Wayne. You can not attack one without attacking another for there actions and behaviors that are unwanted and unneeded. What Lil Wayne did was sick and disgusting. And they should be getting the same type of backlash that Paula Dean is getting… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mQ4tPgkoJg