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

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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.

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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?

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What ever happened to 'Freedom of Speech'? This incident is very very sad. A hopeless, abusing, alcoholic like Alec Baldwin gets away with all his disgusting antics, but Paula gets discriminated against for something that happened years ago. This country is NOT the country that I fought for in VietNam!

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I'm a young African American woman. I find it highly offensive to use that word out in public. My friends, African American or not also find it offensive. Do I think it's okay to use the word behind closed doors with my family? YES! I'm NOT a N-word, so that's not why it offends me. That word does not define me nor any other person on this earth. That word has been used out of context ever since the first white person said it to the first black person. In the original meaning, anybody, no matter the race could be a N-word. It means you are a dirty, slovenly person. NOT BLACK!!! Where it does offend me is that my ancestors were called the N-word as a way to define them and hold them back. It came from such a hateful place, it's sickening! So it does offend me when I'm out and I hear a white person say it with an "a" or an "er" because their ancestors used it to put down my ancestors. It offends me when I'm out and I hear black people say it because that's where we came from, not where we are now and we don't want to give others outside of our race the idea that it's okay to use it against us anymore! I'm pissed off that Paula Deen used the word and I'm pissed off that Tim Allen is trying to justify it!

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Political correctness is ruining this country!

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@ WhoMe?

Damn straight!

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I said "Black man" once and got labelled a racist, so it's not just the Nword, it's political correctness gone amok!!!

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African Americans need to stop using the Nword. They need to stop calling each other the Nword. They need to stop using it in comedy. They just need to stop using the Nword. Then society will see that it is not an acceptable word and the Nword will just go away. Problem solved.

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@ Elle

You're just mad you can't say the word outside your house!

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Ill use the word whenever i choose and if you little pants on the ground nghrs wanna step toward this white boy hell kik yo azz!

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@ black guys have small dix

Feel free to say NIGGER anytime and in anyway you please....just know that if you say it around me, I'll use your Lilly white face to wipe my ass on...and that ain't no empty ass threat BOY, that's a motherfuckin promise you can bet your sorry ass life on! Bitch Boy.

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I really don't understand how folks can still be offended by this. The black race has problems, because they cannot take responsibility There slang is just a lazy way of talking.

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@ Stan

Stan the man.....Shut your ignorant uneducated fucking face....you can't even spell correctly fucking moron! I'd venture to say that at least some of the problems black people have are self inflicted....but the other half has got to come from jackasses like you!

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@ Dartanion

Don't you have a car to jack you kinky headed gold teeth wearing skunk. You stupid moron.

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@ Vanity

@dart- oh yeah, I'll keep my eye out 4 u.

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@ Vanity

If you really saw me coming....chances are you'd probably try and run away because naturally, that's what people with a very high rate of ignorance will do. Just as well, take your "ball" if you like, I'm sure we'll be running across eachother again....eventually. Til then, Wiggly!

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@ Vanity

@ DART- Oh you little shit ass! You've got me coming apart at the seams over here. If you were white & blonde I would lay your ass down on a pillow of Bluebonnets and have your head spinning for a week! Punishment? It's all I can do to stay awake reading your garbage. You are right about one thing- only a glad trash bag can fit around my one eyed trouser trout? Piggly Wiggly and you call me a hick? Macoshist? and how long did it take for you to steal a Dictionary? Smart in all the wrong ways? Well If your gonna get nasty about it then...... You can take your ball and go home! You think I don't know ...... Who this is? Please.........,,., I saw you pulling in the parking lot!

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@ Vanity

Just remember if you insist upon fucking every one of your first cousins in your trailer park hood", please do remember to use protection....even if it's, a glad trash bag....you use those everytime you go marketing at your local Piggly Wiggly anyway. And make no mistake darling, you are above and beyond being a half wit, You're just one of those types that happens to be smart in all the wrong ways....And on a side note, you must be a masochist. Because you must love the punishment I'm giving you...keep it up....I'm loving this ;-)

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@ Vanity

@ Dart-You are as funny as shit! I'm guessing your a turd with legs. You may learn from me that's if you aren't poisoned with crack. Half wit? I am wit! You are amateurish. Still- watch and listen and learn and buy a belt or steal one which ever becomes more natural.

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@ Vanity

You're funny now if you could just use all of that half wit for something more productive like getting a real house instead of living in that twinkie shaped tin can you live in. And stop fucking your Cousin(s) getting knocked up, going on the Maury show because you have no fucking clue who the babies daddy is whatsoever! Stop collecting on disability when really the only disability you have is being desperate and horny with zero morals or dignity, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, YOU CAN ACTUALLY CALL YOURSELF A HUMAN BEING. instead of being the knuckle dragging neanderthal inbred animal you present yourself to be....

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@ Vanity

@Dart- you mindless welfare drawing boot lipped snagged tooth uneducated welfare beneficiary.. You don't amount to shit. You sitting there with a freaking ankle bracelet drinking Kool-Aid and smoking bent ass Kool cigarettes. You and your hot check writing ass and those little nappy headed rug rats running the neighborhood with snot running down their noses. You are an embarrassment just like your pops/ that's if u even know who he is.

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@ Vanity

Go fuck yourself you banjo playin, Cousin dating, corncob ass wipin' backwooded ass hillbilly egotarded reptile. Go clean your goddamn trailer park you honky Cunt.

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@ Vanity

@ Datanion-Why go get my cousin when your toothless mother is in the bed, combing the knots out of her head, fishing for her false teeth under the bed.

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@ Vanity

Don't you have a Cousin to fuck and impregnate?

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@ Stan

Good morning. Well, before you say a race's way of talking is lazy, you should check your grammar. You wrote "there slang" and it should be "their slang".....have a great day!

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@ houston,texas

A school teacher with a summer of leisure

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@ Stan

Yep-HTown- night Houston

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@ Stan

Wrong again Stan my man...No River Oaks here!! Try I-10 @ Dairy Ashford(Energy Corridor). Are you from Houston too? Isn't the heat crazy out here? Good Night.

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@ Stan

Yeah- you go ahead and have that margarita and I'll see you slumping in a lawn chair by your pool in RIVER OAKS- Ha!

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@ Stan

Actually, I have a simple high school education and an awesome husband that works so that I can stay at home with our son and enjoy a life of leisure. I hope you have a great evening while I have a Great Margarita out here in this Houston Heatwave:)

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I could care less, who said what. If you walk around with your pants down around your ass, hand on your dick, if Ebonics is your 1st language, if their is complete chaos at your house on fathers day, if there are 6 of you in one house and half of you have different last names, if you do without food because you needed the money for minutes on your cell, if your priority is to get your Tat's finished , if you cut every word in half then your are most assuredly a nigger.

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@ I really don't care

Now now be nice! Surely you don't paint all black people with that narrow brush....

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@ My Two Cents.....

Well.... You no I'm not that way. I woke this morning & you had taken the car..... In your spaghetti strap nighty.... Going to buy those cheap ass donuts...that's why I'm bent! Ha!

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@ I don't care

@ 2- good --you need to feel good!

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@ I don't care

You make laugh! :-D

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@ I really don't care

"I really don't care" -- I love you... and everything you stand for!

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@ Andee

Thank you!

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Give it up, Cain. The race card has been played to death. Enough already. The POTUS IS a POS! Simple. No one cares about him being half white.

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Oh, and to all the Republicans who can't accept that a man of Color won the election, twice. We've broken your code. We know when you call POTUS a Muslim, you actually want to say "Nigger".

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@ cain

Republicans fully aware a black man was elected.....not a bi-racial man that he claimed to be during campaigns. The POTUS is just a poser.

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@ cain

Do you realize that the Liberals have COMPLETLY screwed up this world? You are a consolidation of MF'ers that take pictures of their dick, violence that can't even be compared to afghanistan as you murder nightly in Chicago, you have a president who couldn't fix a bicycle much less an economy, you spend your time fighting for gay rights and most of you dont even have a job, you have your hand out looking for anything free- for the most part you are one miserable bunch of pathetic human beings ALIVE! You tweet that you want someone to murder your vagina, your are the most disillusioned idiots I've ever seen. I honestly don't see how you get thru the day...... Without commiting suicide. I'm guessing you are a 24k gold tooth NIGGER and so is your Mother.

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@ I really don't care

Sorry...meant to say bigger question. But you've got to admit, it's a great Freudian slip no?

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@ My Two Cents.....

It's people like you who give Americans a bad name. Ignorance is not bliss.

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@ I really don't care

Wow.....you must be pretty fed up with the northern hemisphere....are you going to become an expatriate? Or have you become one already? But my nigger question is....Are you A Racist?

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@ My Two Cents.....

Me? Why of course not! I just hate the thought of someone polishing a turd? Meaning- it doesn't matter what the color- if you are drag on society, refuse to take responsibility, if you are a pretender then I just don't have the patience.

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@ I really don't care

Your right

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@ Barbara

And your classy too! Wow what a winner!

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