Commentary: When was the last time you pulled a Paula Deen and said the N-word?

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 5:13 PM
Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 5:13 PM

In a recently released statement butter queen Paula Deen admits she used the “N” word and says she is sorry.

“I want to learn and grow from this,” the beloved celebrity chef and controversal diabetic said, noting that her use of the word was unexceptionable.

“I beg for your forgiveness,” she said in the short statement. Here is a video of her apology.

The now former 66-year-old Food Network host and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers are being sued by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.

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Jackson alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment filled with racial slurs. She wants $1.2 million.

According to a disposition, Jackson in one incident asked Dean about waiter uniforms for a wedding and Deen said the following:

“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n—-s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” Paula Deen laughed and said “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

How’s that for a little south out of her mouth?

Deen remembered that conversation differently, saying the following when asked about the incident:

"I don’t recall that. I recall - I do recall, once again, in my bathroom at that house, and why we would have been in the bathroom, I was probably filming and changing clothes, that’s the only reason why we would have been in that bathroom, they must have run out during my lunch break or something from filming, and I remember us talking about the meal. And I remember telling them about a restaurant that my husband and I had recently visited. And I’m wanting to think it was in Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere, and it was so impressive. The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret."

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Not taking up for Paula Deen here or saying there shouldn’t be backlash, but she isn’t the only person in the world to use the N word. We all know what word I am talking about.

I am not sure if Deen is sorry. I am not sure if Deen would have apologized if she were not called on the carpet and, I am not saying she should get a pass.

The thing is that a lot of people - particularly some of those of a certain age - throw the N word and other derogatory words around like they are basketballs used in that one amusement park game.

The use of the N- word shows these folks are insensitive and ignorant for sure. They really, really, really should know better by now.

Its been a very, very, very long time since the N word and simular words used to oppress other human beings has been acceptable.

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That said, being ignorant doesn’t necessarily make you a racist. Ignorance also doesn’t make you immune to criticism.

Be honest, when was the last time you said the N, F, B, C or any other ‘letter’ word?

How often do you make fun of someone because they are different than you - black, white, brown, gay, straight, female, male, etc.

What do you think? Let us know below.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor separating after 18 years together

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are separating. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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One of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples is calling it quits.

Entertainment Tonight reported Friday that actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are splitting.

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“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the statement said. “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Taylor and Stiller, parents to Ella, 15, and Quinlin, 11, were married in May 2000 after meeting on the set of a TV pilot Stiller was developing. They began dating in April 1999 and got engaged that November.

Taylor co-stared with Stiller in several of his films, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Zoolander” and “Zoolander 2.”

Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox.

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“Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco and Steve Sax, ESPN reported.

In a prepared “statement,” Simpson said it is “truly an honor for me to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.” 

“My record for eating hot dogs will never be broken. I've been a fan for 40 years, which is how long some games take. And I can't wait for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.”

D’oh! The Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, not Canton (the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).

The episode will be shown Saturday in its entirety on an outside screen at baseball’s shrine. Simpson’s induction will include his onscreen acceptance speech, Hall of Fame officials said.

Sax, who won two World Series rings and was a five-time All-Star, said he gets asked more about his role in “The Simpsons” than about his career.

"I get asked as much about being on `The Simpsons' as I do about baseball," Sax told ESPN. "They don't want to know how it was to hit against Nolan Ryan. They want to know about being on that show."

In the episode, Simpson pinch hits for Strawberry with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. He gets hit in the head with a pitch, giving his Springfield team a 44-43 victory.

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

Actor Jamie Foxx is seen here after winning the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his highly acclaimed performance in the 2004 biopic ‘Ray.’  Foxx admitted during an interview this week that he almost ‘blew it’ by partying too much after the film’s release and that Oprah staged an intervention.
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Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.

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During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” “I’m drinking. I’m doing every (expletive) thing you could possibly imagine.” 

Foxx told Stern he suddenly received a phone call from Winfrey, who told him, “You’re blowing it,” People reported.

The actor said Winfrey arranged a meeting with black actors from the 60s and 70s at the legendary producer Quincy Jones’ home. Foxx said it was the iconic Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar, who had the greatest impact on him.

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“To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life,” Foxx told Stern.

Fox won the Best Actor Oscar that year, becoming only the third black man to ever win the prestigious award at that time. 

Lance Armstrong engaged to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 1:25 PM

Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen pose on the red carpet at the Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala held at ACL Live on April 14.
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Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong is getting married to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen.  

Armstrong, 45, popped the question Tuesday evening at Lake Austin. In a photo posted to Armstrong’s Instagram account, Hansen sits on his lap with a sparkling engagement ring on her finger while the sun sets in the background.

The photo was taken by Austin photojournalist Elizabeth Kruetz.

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“She said ….. YES!!!!” Armstrong posted on Instagram.


She said..... YES!!!!

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The couple met through charity work and started dating nine years ago. They have two children together – Max, 7, and Olivia, 6. Armstrong and Hansen spend summers in Aspen, Colorado, and the rest of the year in Austin, Texas, where their children attend school.  

There is no word yet on when or where the wedding will take place.  

Armstrong was previously married to Kristin Armstrong, with whom he had three children – Luke, 17, and twins Grace and Isabelle, 15. They divorced in 2003.