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.

Michelle Williams reveals she suffered from suicidal thoughts: ‘I wanted out’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

Former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams talks about her biggest challenge yet - singing her heart out as Roxie Hart in the West End production of 'Chicago.' (AP/July 17)
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Former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams talks about her biggest challenge yet - singing her heart out as Roxie Hart in the West End production of 'Chicago.' (AP/July 17)(People Magazine)

Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is opening up about her struggles with depression since she was a young teen.

While guest co-hosting The Talk on Wednesday, the singer, 37, revealed she was suicidal while sitting at the top of the charts with the rest of the girl group, which included Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on the show. “When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles] at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?'” she recalled Beyoncé’s dad telling her at the time.

“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,'” she continued. However, Williams’ depression only continued to get worse “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out” from the group.

The star says she has struggled with depression since she was 13 years old, and it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she realized what she was suffering from.

“I think at the age of 25, had I had a name to what I was feeling at the time, I would have disclosed that ‘I’ve been suffering from depression,'” she said.

After her episode of The Talk aired on Wednesday, Williams thanked the show for “being a safe place” to discuss her story. “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!” she tweeted her fans.

Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:46 PM

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On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3.

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“Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement. “Selena is one of the most influential music icons of the 20th century. Her music, style and smile are timeless, and now her star will grace (Hollywood, California) forever.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce last summer selected to honor Selena in its recording category, along with other performers including John Legend, Clarence Avant, Ice Cube, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, *NSYNC and New Edition.

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On Selena’s Facebook fan page, music lovers expressed a similar sentiment that the honor was long overdue.

“A dream come true,” wrote fan Hadeer Sinawe. “She deserved this even before her death.”

Texas native Eva Longoria will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to proclaim Nov. 3 as official “Selena” Day in Los Angeles.

On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

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Magician David Blaine accused of rape by former model Natasha Prince, report says

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:59 PM

Former Model Natasha Prince Accuses Magician David Blaine Of Rape

Magician David Blaine has been accused of rape by Natasha Prince, a former model, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

The outlet says Prince told them Blaine raped her at a private London home in 2004.

Prince told the outlet she met Blaine at a nightclub in June or July of 2004. The next day, she said she got a text from Blaine inviting her to his friends’ place for drinks. She said Blaine went into the kitchen and came back with a tall glass of vodka and soda.

“I had a high tolerance, but that week I was working and had decided not to drink,” Prince said. “But I decided to have that one drink that night. It wasn’t strong; it tasted mostly like soda.” 

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Prince said Blaine invited her to a near by bedroom for what she thought was a private conversation. She said Blaine claimed to want to show her something in the room. 

She goes on to say she was raped and woke up with no clothes on. That morning, she left to do a photo shoot.

“The next thing I remember, I was sitting in the makeup chair getting my makeup done, and thinking, ‘What did I do last night? Did I have sex with David Blaine? But I didn’t want to,” she said. “I felt hazy, completely out of it. I don’t remember taking a shower, where I changed, leaving his house or anything.” 

Prince told The Daily Beast she blamed herself, which is partially why she didn’t consider going to the police.

“You have to understand, my interpretation was that it was my fault,” she said. “I didn’t think of it as rape. In my head, rape was being sober -- pull her in a bush, pull down her pants and just ditch her. So I blamed myself. I did like him. I was interested in him. So I didn’t think about going to the police.”

By 2016, Prince decided to go to the police. She filed a report after meeting with investigators at Kensington Police Station Dec. 16.

Scotland Yard, the headquarters of police in London, has reportedly contacted Blaine to come in for questioning.

“Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” Scotland Yard said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”

The Daily Beast reported that when it reached Blaine by phone for a response to the Scotland Yard investigation, he said, “Wow … there’s absolutely nothing … that’s crazy.”

Blaine, in a statement through his attorney, Marty Singer, denies the allegations.

“My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,” the statement said. “If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.”

The Daily Beast reported that an additional statement from Singer said, “This would include Natasha Prince.”

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Carrie Fisher Stuck Up For Friend Who Was Allegedly Assaulted By Sending A Cow Tongue To Producer

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

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She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.