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

Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013
By: Staff Writer

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.

Read: Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

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.

Read: Alaska lawmaker apologizes for slur

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.

"Grey's Anatomy" star spotted at Young's

Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
By: Amelia Robinson


One most definitely does not serve a  Seattle Grace Hospital doctor every day.

Don’t tell Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm employees that.

They served  none other than Dr. Alex Karev of that beloved fictional hospital.

Springfield native Justin Chambers of "Grey's Anatomy" fame  stopped in the restaurant Monday, according to a post on Young’s facebook page.

Chambers is a Southeastern High School graduate. 

Justin Chambers, Springfield native and star of the television show "Grey's Anatomy" answers questions from the audience during a luncheon to raise money for Urban Light Ministries and Eyes Wide Open Worldwide. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby


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Barbra Streisand calls Apple CEO to fix name pronunciation

Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
By: Lindsey Pulse

            Barbra Streisand calls Apple CEO to fix name pronunciation
In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, singer Barbra Streisand performs at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Streisand will take the stage at the Tony Awards on June 12, 2016. The singer and actress, who was a Tony nominee in 1962 for “I Can Get It for You Wholesale” and in 1964 for “Funny Girl,” hasn’t graced Tony night since 1970, when she got a special Tony. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Evan Agostini)

In an interview with NPR on Saturday, Barbra Streisand said Siri, the iPhone's digital assistant, doesn't pronounce her name correctly. So, she called Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Streisand said her last name is incorrectly pronounced with a "z" sound on the second "s." 

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Her request to change Siri's pronunciation of her last name was positively accepted.

Cook reportedly agreed to fix the pronunciation in time for the next iOS update, which Streisand said is set to be released "on Sept. 30."

That detail is another important point from the interview. Streisand may have leaked the release date for the next iOS update, which, if true, will come about two weeks after the expected release of the iPhone 7.

Shannen Doherty puts on a brave face in her latest post about her cancer battle

Updated: Sunday, August 07, 2016
By: Douglas Barclay

Robert Macias, aka R.M. Drake, who has become famous thanks to his inspirational poems, was the subject of actress Shannen Doherty’s latest Instagram post.

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"She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn’t simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was OK.
"And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile."

Doherty posted Drake’s poem, titled “# 187,” alongside a new photo of her in the midst of her cancer battle.

>> Shannen Doherty says her dog detected her cancer

The day before, Doherty wrote that her time with chemotherapy had gotten difficult and that she appreciated the support of her Instagram fans.

>> When life imitates art: Shannen Doherty relives her '90210' character's cancer scare

“For me, chemo has been terrible and believe me, we have tried almost everything. So days like this have become a bit of the norm,” Doherty wrote.

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“I’m learning that it’s ok to fall into bed and give in to the exhaustion or nausea or aches. I’ve learned a lot of that thru all the beautiful people who have shared their personal stories with me right here on Instagram.”

Adele shares makeup-free selfie, apologizes for canceling Phoenix show

Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016
By: Nicole Moschella

            Adele shares makeup-free selfie, apologizes for canceling Phoenix show
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele performs on stage at the SSE Arena Belfast on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) (Gareth Cattermole)

Fans are used to seeing Adele with a full face of makeup, but earlier this week they got a glimpse of the singer without her signature cat-winged eyeliner.

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The "Hello" singer shared the photos while trying to rest and recover in Phoenix after catching a cold. It seems the being on the road got the best of her, so she took to Instagram to apologize after canceling Wednesday night's show.

A video posted by @adele on

"I can’t do my show tonight," she said in the video, sounding congested. "I am really, really sorry. I’ve had a cold for a couple of days and I’ve been pushing through it, and I did my show last night. And I loved it, but I pushed too hard. As you can hear, even if I did the show, it wouldn’t be very good. I’m really, really, really sorry if I let anyone down."

She explained that she was trying to sing and warm up for the show, but ultimately had to cancel.

"I will reschedule the show and I will come back and I will smash it," she promised fans.

Phoenix, AZ / Aug 16

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Phoenix, AZ / Aug 16

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Despite her sickness, fans applauded Adele's bare look and complimented her true beauty.

"Real woman!" one fan wrote. "Love it."