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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I agree. When I stop seeing it used in movies and songs, then that means the Coloreds don't want ANYONE using it. Oh, and I say "Coloreds" because the last time I checked the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People are still in business trying to help the Black Americans, despite themselves.

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Bottom line, the word has a lot of history to it. I think what Tim was trying to say, was that we should not be afraid to use that word in general discussions. It only becomes a racial slur when using it to purposely offend someone. Just like the word "Bitch". It only becomes offensive when referring to someone in a negative and offensive manner. If you get easily offended when someone who is of a different race than African American, uses that word..but you use it yourself. Then maybe you should eject that word from your vocabulary and set a better example! Otherwise, you have NO right to say anything about the word and its usage!

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It's because we live in Two Different versions of America....that's why some black folks say Nigger or Niggaz, Niggah etc. so long as it's used by other black folks, as a term of endearment. But having the word come from a white dude like Tim Allen for as cool as he is, most people won't know whether he meant it as a term of endearment or not. And that's when Mr. Allen would be taking a chance". Just sayin!

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@ Dartanion

Endearment? You are 30 cents shy of a quarter! Pull your pants up and buy a belt! Freaking Endearment! WTF could you possibly tell anybody! You sit there with chicken grease all over the keyboard, potato chips stuck to the bottom of your feet wondering who you are going to rob next.

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Tim is on the nose. I agree with him.

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I believe putting Paula in the spot light is absolutely ridiculous. Blacks are socially allowed to say n****r in any situation along with those same lines black celebrities are constantly making racial slurs at whites Hispanics any given race but do you see their lives trashed over it? No. The only reason Paula is being torn to shreds for saying n****r is because she is white. So please if we are going to ruin people's careers over one little word ... Please society step into the hip hop word and let these rappers have at it for their racial slurs. And btw the word "nigger" mean "ignorant" any racial white black Hispanic Latino Asian can all be niggers. The best thing is to quit critiquing this woman over one word she used in the past yeah we have all said the word a time or two

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I totally agree with Tim Allen.If this word would stop being accepted by blacks as a term of endearment,many other races might stop using it also.It's kinda hypocritical to tell one race "That the word is wrong,hateful,disrespectful and just stupid but we(blacks) have no problem answering to it.Yes Mrs.Dean made a mistake move on DANG it's not that serious.Until blacks stop using it and making it seem acceptable don't expect any other race to stop.And any SMART person shouldnt be offended by the word NIG-ER look at the definition of the word it refers to a lazy uneducated person not the color BLACK.

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@ ReeRee

You're just upset because you can't use the word outside your house! :-P

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@ Nigga With an Attitude Says,

Where do you find the time, especially when it's garbage pick up day.

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So now we're looking at rappers as role models? And trying to justify that lol

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I think a lot of people forget there's just some jokes or phrases white people shouldn't say. It's just a cultural thing, it's okay to say it among your own people but with others it's just not. Plus n**** was a word of hatred, now a days black people say "nigga" which is not offensive to them.

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I completely understand what Tim Allen is saying, Its still a swear word though that shouldn't be used because IT IS offensive to many Africans, black people that used that word and joke about it with each other are not helping, all I can do is teach my kids that some people are ignorant, but that doesn't mean we follow, Ill teach my kids to be polite and RESPECT each other and using that word is disrespectful.

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I'm Hispanic and we get called racial spurs all the time but it doesn't bother me because we call each other that.
So I agree with Tim Allen it's ridiculous how people get so upset about being called that when they themselves refer to that word in rap songs and even to one another. I feel like we no longer live in a racial world we just live in a world where we use terms that we head because they seem acceptable since pretty much everyone calls each other that.
So if you feel offended being called the n-word then tell the rappers and community to stop referring to that word. It's as simple as that.

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@ Ashley

Ohh... At 1st I thought you were going to say... It doesn't bother me.. Because I CAN'T UNDERSTAND A DAMN WORD THEY ARE SAYING! I will have to say, you made sense!