Even though Oprah Winfrey said during an interview last week that she doesn’t allow any of her friends to use the “N” word around her, she seemed to acknowledge during an interview with Entertainment Tonight that Paula Deen, who admitted using the slur, will survive the current controversy she’s embroiled in.
Deen, who is being sued by a former employee, admitted to using racial slurs during a deposition. Since then, Deen has lost multiple sponsors and has even been dropped by her publisher over the slurs.
Asked how she feels about the controversy, Winfrey expressed sympathy for how it all has unfolded, but believes Deen will bounce back.
“In the very first days [after the news broke] I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up,” Winfrey told “Entertainment Tonight” on Monday. “In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad.”
Winfrey also said she doubts anyone would ever call her the “N” word.
“Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word. You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometimes say ridiculous things. But nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else,” Winfrey explained in her interview. “So that doesn’t happen to me that way.”
Well, yes, since money decides value in America, it is doubtful that anyone would call Winfrey the “N” word.
In addition to Deen using racial slurs, it has also come to light that she paid her “soul sister” chef, who has been with Deen since the beginning, less than $10 an hour.