Tim Allen Addresses Paula Deen Controversy, Says "N-Word" is Worse Than N--ger

by at .  Updated at . Comments

Tim Allen, of all people, is weighing in on the Paula Deen scandal, and raising eyebrows himself with some controversial comments about racism.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Allen said he believes "politically correct" phrases to be more egregious than the actual slur at times.

"[The phrase] 'the N-word' is worse to me than n--ger," he said.

  • Tim Allen Photograph
  • Paula Deen Pleads

Allen, 60, said the toned-down phrase's very existence runs counter to how he thinks people should tackle such an emotionally charged topic.

"You want to take the power away from that word so that no one is offended by it," the comedian said of the racial slur that Deen admitted using.

"If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist," he continued, "then how can 'n--ger' be bad coming out of my mouth?"

"I've had this argument on stage a million times. I do a movie with Martin Lawrence, and pretty soon they're referring to me, 'Hey, my n----r's up.'"

"So I'm the n---er if I'm around you guys but seven feet away, if I said n---er, it's not right. It's very confusing to the European mind how that works."

Somewhere, Rae Dawn Chong is just happy the heat is off her now.

Allen kept at it when it comes to his views on the topic, recounting:

"Especially if I've either grown up or evolved or whatever, it literally was growing up in Colorado, with Hispanics and Anglos, that's all I remember."

"So when Paula Deen [admits her language], they go after her."

"Now we've gone backwards in the world."

It's an ongoing debate that, Allen believes, sends conflicting messages.

"So this debate rages in the public, but when it gets to the comedy world, we're not even allowed to say it, and I gotta refer to it as the N-word, F-word, B-word."

"It gets all the way down the line. We're running backwards."

In a statement to E! News, Allen addressed the obligatory, subsequent furor surrounding his interview, but did not apologize, saying simply:

"If I offended anyone it wasn't my intention."

Since Deen admitted using the term in a legal deposition, the celebrity chef has been fired by Food Network and seen her once-dominant empire battered.

She's maintained a significant bastion of support however, as many people argue that she's being unfairly singled out or exploited by an opportunist.

As for Tim Allen's comments on the subject, tell us what you think in the comments below: Is he out of line? Or right on the nose, even if it's taboo?

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

Jamie-deen-photo

Jamie Deen, Son of Paula Deen, Under Fire For Twitter Photo: Why?

Paula Deen's son Jaime Deen is under fire for a recent Tweet he posted. Find out why here.
17-notable-celebrity-apologies_kobe-bryant

17 Memorable Celebrity Apologies: Forgive and Forget?

These celebrities all messed up and all said they were sorry. Do you forgive them?
Paula-deen-pleads

Paula Deen's Live Tour: Sliding Into a City Near You (Butter Get Your Seat Now!)

Paula Deen's comeback tour continues as the celebrity chef announces a 20-city live tour. It kicks off this summer!
Deen

Paula Deen Restaraunt at Center of Racial Slur Scandal Shut Down

Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, the restaurant at the center of the Paula Deen racism scandal, has been shuttered.

Avatar

Всем привет.
Случайно нашла я сайт
www.uspexmoney.ru и решила принять участие в бесплатном
розыгрыше денежных призов.И выиграла 8000 рублей.Сперва не поверила.
Думала нужно будет что нибудь оплатить что бы получить выигрыш.
Но платить как оказалось ничего не надо.
Рекомендую и Вам попробовать это бесплатно.

Avatar

Nikka with an attitude has a small black phalus.....which would explain the attitude! Gotcha buddy-you wreak of BMI (black male insecurity) or you may be afflicted with ABGS (angry black guy syndrome) either way haven't you timed out on your prison computer yet ??

Avatar

there is no freedom of speech if you are white, just the way it is. no matter what you say, you're a racist or a religious bigot or whatever word other ethnicities want to put on you. white Christians have not got a chance, but if you are of color, ethnicity other than white, you can say and do any dang thing you want.. just saying..
When I was a child(early 1950's) my grandmother, two of my Aunts and my mom all worked at a place called the Coon Chicken Inn, the waiters were the Black or African American or whatever word is appropriate here, porters from the Union Pacific Railroad, gentleman every one. I often heard them refer to one another as "hay,N_word" but never heard any white people use the word. My gramma, bless her heart, referred to them as darkies... that was my only experience with different ethnicity other than mine till I was a senior in high school, (that was the late 1960's), it is truly a different country now, many strides forward, and a lot of steps backward. I wish we could just all get along, ..My dad used to say he was not racist, he hated everyone equally.... I try to love or at least like everyone, but there are good and bad in all races.... good and bad words to different ethnicities, I wish there were better answers and less persecution of people in this country where we used to have freedom of speech, without fear of persecution.. and PC? that is to laugh...God Bless America, what is left of her... peace...

Avatar

First of all, there is a big difference between 'niggers' and black people. Niggers are those crotch grabbing and shit sagging thugs. If 'niggers' can call each other that...what's the damn difference?!? I can't listen to my sirius xm hip hop station for 2 minutes without them singing it. It's a shame.

Avatar

Freedom of speech is alive and well and the consequences that go with that freedom is blossoming like never before! Example/ you self absorbed simple minded liberals are making a bed for yourself and I doubt your stupid ass's can tell! You have put all your energy into to what should be socially acceptable. You talk about Allen/Deen like your future and the worlds respect for you depends on all this rubbish! You are broke, you are in debt, you are brainwashed from high school and you have not hardly a prayer. You piss and moan bullshitting people about your people and how they are mistreated. Paula Deen should have never apologized to the "SHIT OF THE EARTH" and that was her biggest mistake!

Avatar

Freedom of speech seems to be a thing of the past in this country. If you call someone an A-hole how is it different? People show their ignorance daily. What is wrong is some can use slurs and it's ok and others are called out for it.

Avatar

I support Paula Dean. We've all said stuff in our life times that we shouldn't have. 40 years ago that was acceptable, today it's not...old habits are hard to break. Just picked up my new Paula Dean glasses.

Avatar
@ critic

Maybe you've forgotten, you are white. This is the age where a white should be ashamed at calling anyone out. Even the white democrats are leading the charge of trashing and destroying Paula.

Avatar

TIM , WHO SERVED TIME IN PRISON , IS NOT VERY BRIGHT , SADLY .... IF YOU'RE AFRAID TO USE ANY WORDSS, U SHOULDN'T BE IN AMERICA !!!! UNAFRAID SPEECH IS JOB ONE IN THE USA ... TIM , JUST SAY NIGGER-WORD .

Avatar
@ JOY

Joy, Just Go Fuck yourself! You old ass dinosaur.

Avatar

The feeling is shared and just so you know... The only chance most of these Gypsies have at getting an Education is by listening to me talk.

Avatar

One more thing! It's not "political correctness" that's ruining our country. It's ignorant assholes, like Tim Allen who never even cracked open their history book in high school!!! We're supposed learn from history, not repeat it... Dick wad!