Paula Deen made a lot of baffling, racially charged comments under deposition for being sued for making baffling, racially charged comments. At least she’s not denying them, is the best thing you could say. But she’s not owning up to them either. Around now is when her people would release a statement like, “Paula Deen made some mistakes and is embarrassed. She didn’t intend to offend anyone and she’ll use this as a lesson for the future.” or something like that. Anything other than this (from 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. [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.
Okay, so to sum up, blame the south and blame the year of her birth. No where in this statement is there an “I’m sorry” of any form or any kind of responsibility for her actions. I don’t care how Southern and how old you are, Ms. Deen, you know better. There are thousands of people who grew up same as you did who know better than to say a “Southern Planation” themed wedding is a good idea or to call people the n-word. Don’t call people names: that’s a kindergarten lesson. And if you missed it in kindergarten, becoming a successful business woman who’s traveled the world should have enlightened you.