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Rev. Al Sharpton defends Paula Deen

Rev. Al Sharpton & Paula Deen - Cove

The controversy surrounding Paula Deen’s use of the N-word has polarized fans across the nation as some are happy about the cooking star’s sinking career, while others have been coming to her defense. But Deen recently got some surprise support from civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, who claimed that Paula Deen shouldn’t be judged so harshly by words she used decades ago.

During a recent interview with TMZ, Sharpton was asked his thoughts on Deen’s recent apology for using the N-word in the past. The reverend explained that it’s unfair to judge her for something she did so many years ago.

“A lot of us have in the past said things we have regretted saying years ago,” said Sharpton.

The reverend claims that Deen should instead be judged by the outcome of a current court case in which a former employee claims that Deen and her brother, Bubba, used racially offensive language, and that Bubba was sexually inappropriate.

“You can’t deal with what is fair and not fair till we see the outcome of the present circumstances she’s accused of … not something 20 years ago,” said Sharpton.

Although there is logic in what Shaprton is saying, it doesn’t help Deen’s case for fair judgment when videos of her recent racially inappropriate comments keep popping up online.

But Sharpton’s not the only one who is defending Deen. Check out some other stars that have come to her defense below. – nicholas robinson


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  1. Sherri Etienne on June 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Okay, so who are these people again? I know Bill Mahr and feel what he’s saying, afterall he did lose his show after things he said in relation to 911, but what he said had some relavancy. How is calling someone the N-word relevant? And the other two, I mean I’d expect the Chef whom “she helped early in his career” to come to her defense, I mean why wouldn’t he? As for the “Savannah” Rev. he’s just looking for some publicity for his church. He’ll be Creflo-ing it up in a minute that is if his followers don’t side eye his azz for his public endorsement of PD’s racial antics.

    Granted, the N-word is tossed around liberally in our own community, but that still doesn’t give anyone the right to address/refer to people of color in that way. Folks worked too hard and suffered too long to go backwards in time to a place that makes one cringe at the very thought of it. Yet it seems that with the election of President Obama the N-word flows so freely from white lips these days and for us to justify it in anyway is kinda comical to me. If Paula Deen would call her employees Ninjas, I’m sure Al Sharpton, the Chef and the Rev are no damn different in her eyes…
    I say if she says it once, she’ll say it til the end of time. May as well nip that shiggidy in the bud as its ugly head arises.

  2. remoten on June 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What’s with all the controversy over a word derived from an era in which slaves were transported from to many nations across the globe in early centuries? People talk about forgiveness and education. Yet in this instance as so many others; what you do in the dark will come to the light.

    History 101:

    Q. Can you name the country most prevalent in slave trafficking as far back as the 15th century? A: Nigeria; on the African continent.

    Q: Since there was no written record of what tribes and where on the continent these people were gathered from; what name were they called by as they were sold? A: Niger People. Indicating the part of the world these people of color were shipped from.

    Q:In the America’s once the slave market presented these people on the auction block due to the bigotry, supposed superiority and pale skin of the buyers; what name were these people called by? A: Negroids, Negros, Darkies, Black Devils, Satan’s Children and finally NIGGERS.

    Due to the extreme darkness of their skin tone; these people soon became the butt of a joke that became an insult to their very existence. Through extremely harsh treatment (both physically and mentally) these people were forced by their owners to forget who they were and become what the slave masters wanted them to be which was nothing more than possessions to be bought and sold. For those who refused to allow themselves to be treated in this manner, there were severe penalties. Beatings with whips while being held by 2 or more whites, lashed to a tree, post and other objects was a standard practice. In some cases they were killed in plain view of other slaves as a warning to those who thought about disobeying. eventually the verbal insults degraded to a name that sticks even today. Black people still are being called by the name “NIGGER” by those with a lack in skin pigmentation. Even though there are suppose to be laws in place to make this an illegal practice the majority of the population are comfortable with the expression as an everyday thing. Regardless of public opinion pro or con; this is a historical expression of open disrespect for a nation. There is no excuse for it! I may forgive an ignorant person for not knowing any better and try to teach them better. But those who know better and use the expression anyway deserve the punishment they receive.