Thursday, June 20, 2013

Paula Deen plays the age card as an excuse using the 'n word'

"I'm old." More or less, that's the excuse given by reps of celebrity chef Paula Deen on Thursday, to explain her use of the "n word."

The news broke on Wednesday. Deen had, during a deposition in connection with a pending sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was subjected to a barrage of racist, sexist and generally inappropriate comments while she worked at Paula's Oyster House restaurant in Georgia, admitted to using the "n word."

Lisa Jackson, who used to manage that restaurant, which is run by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, sued them last year for $1.2 million, claiming Deen used the N-word around her and that she was sexually harassed by Hiers.

Paula Deen Enterprises 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.

(To be clear, it was 1986, not the Civil War).

[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.
A poll at TMZ says (59 percent to 41 percent) that "old people can be racist."

What isn't clear is whether or not that poll is asking if yes, old people have more of a tendency to be racist, or if it is asking if it's OK if old people are racist (because of Deen's reasons).

During the deposition, Deen also admitted to loving the presentation at a restaurant where:
The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.

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.

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