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Paula Deen Releases Two Statements Apologizing for Racist Remarks, Removes One: VIDEO

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Paula Deen released two videos this afternoon apologizing for racist remarks she made in a deposition (transcript) for a discrimination lawsuit brought by her former employee Lisa Jackson in which she admitted to using the N-word, making racist and anti-semitic jokes, and having an interest in hiring black waiters to look like "slaves" for a "southern style plantation wedding." The videos came after a day in which she failed to show up for a segment on the Today show with Matt Lauer.

She has now been dropped by the Food Network.

In the deposition she is asked to explain whether she uses jokes in a mean way:

Lawyer: What about jokes, if somebody is telling a joke that's got --
Deen: It's just what they are, they're jokes.
Lawyer: Okay. Would you consider those to be using the N word in a mean way?



Deen: That's -- that's kind of hard. Most -- most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks. Most jokes target -- I don't know. I didn't make up the jokes, I don't know. I can't -- I don't know.
Lawyer: Okay.
Deen: They usually target, though a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don't know. I can't, myself, determine what offends another person.

P_deenOne of Deen's apology videos was removed from YouTube shortly after being posted, after it reportedly received hundreds of critical comments. It has been mirrored by other sites and reposted.

Says Deen in that video:

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."

In the second, longer video, Deen adds:

”I’ve spent the best part of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Frank,"

    MONTHS AGO, MANY Towleroaders CLAIMED THEY WERE NOT RACISTS; BUT, WHEN I TYPED [sic], "Only white gay kids commit suicide," Towleroaders CALLED ME AN "angry black troll."

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 23, 2013 3:07:47 AM

    I thought American white and American black kids committed suicide in different ways. Besides, black kids don't need help committing suicide. There are more than enough roadblocks in the way, it's a wonder the black suicide rate isn't higher.

    I guess we don't hear about the black suicide rate, and why it happens, because white suicides are considered more tragic and something society should prevent? While black suicides are something society is relieved about?

    Or is it something else?

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 23, 2013 6:46:54 AM


  2. @CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON Oooo, you make my head hurt. I don't care where you grew up. You're aren't black so please stop trying to claim you know what goes on inside the heads of black people. Enough already.

    Posted by: Frank | Jun 23, 2013 2:02:51 PM


  3. "Zeta,"

    I ASSUME YOU WERE NOT HERE MONTHS AGO. MY POINT WAS, NEGRO CHILDREN HAVE NO NEED TO COMMIT SUICIDE BECAUSE NEGRO PARENTS UNDERSTAND WHEN THEIR CHILDREN TURN EIGHTEEN, THEY WILL BE FORCED TO DEAL WITH CAUCASIAN BIAS "HEAD-ON." IN MOST CASES, HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT "ON-THE-TABLE."

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 23, 2013 10:34:21 PM


  4. "Frank,"

    MANY Towleroaders HAVE ALREADY TYPED I HAVE A "BIG FOOTPRINT" ON THE INTERNET. SO, Google MY NAME AND READ MY COMMENTARY ON RACE; THEN, DECIDE IF THAT COMMENTARY COULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY A CAUCASIAN MALE. ALTHOUGH I SUPPORT White Supremacy, THAT DOES NOT GUARANTEE I AM CAUCASIAN.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 23, 2013 10:40:49 PM


  5. Here is why whites have bailed on Paula Deen, while Blacks have remained mum on the topic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UINkiTJB6fY

    Posted by: cdm | Jul 2, 2013 10:54:13 AM


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