After her deposition in a discrimination lawsuit raised a number of criticisms, Paula Deen has come out with an explanation. In the deposition, Deen admits to having used racial slurs on a number of occasions in the past. The Food Network regular freely admits to having used the n-word at times of stress or frustration. In her defense though, she’s, well, old. Or at least that’s the line of defense Deen’s company is going with.
The following statement from Paula Deen Enterprises has been provided by TMZ, who quoted a sstatement from the company as saying: "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."
Yes, it seems like they’re going with the classic “those were different times” excuse. But the statement goes on: "[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."
The statement sounds pretty much like you’d expect it to and, even though that’s not exactly an apology, it should resolve the matter of Paula’s own racial slurs. The suit against her and her brother, however, is far from over.
"She's old" is the line of defence Deen's company is going with.
She does not condone racism.