Oprah hasn’t spoken publicly about Paula Deen’s N-word extravaganza. Considering that she and Oprah were very tight, at least in a business way, I’m a little interested in what she has to say about the whole thing. And Oprah’s also been dealing with her own issues from a former co-star who threw the N-word at her, among other insults.
Oprah sat down with E! News and spoke about Deen. (Via E Online):
I think that Paula Deen represented, you know, millions of people who have used the word. Unfortunately, she is a public figure. And whatever the situation was with the hearing that she had, or had said it and then went on TV and said she had only said it one time, but Paula Deen, I thought, represented a whole lot of people. And I think for the big issue to be made about Paula Deen was what the media does.
E Online also pointed out that in 2012, Oprah visited Deen at her home in Georgia for new show, Oprah’s Next Chapter. At some point, I guess racism came up, as she said to Deen, “You and I both know a lot of people use that word.” Ha. How prophetic. I’m still going to bet that this is the end of their friendship, as Oprah recently said, “You cannot be my friend and use that word around me.”
It’s okay, Paula. You still have O.J.