Paula Deen is getting a lot of heat for her admission of using the N-word, and now the Food Network star is coming forward to defend herself. In a statement released by Paula Deen Enterprises to TMZ, the company says the only reason Deen would speak such a racist term was because of the times she was living in.
“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,” the statement reads. “[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.”
For the record, the year Deen reportedly made the racist slur was 1986. In her deposition, Deen answered, “Yes, of course,” when asked if she’d ever used the N-word.
“Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head,” she said, later clarifying that she would have used the N-word while relaying the story to her husband.