Oprah on Paula Deen N-Word Scandal: For Me, It's Just Sad

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Oprah Winfrey befriended Paula Deen in early 2012 and even spent a night at Deen's Georgia home, where she conducted a wide-ranging interview.

Over a year later, in a deposition for a lawsuit, Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past, a revelation that rankled many, including her friend.

Until now, Winfrey had remained silent on her friend's controversy, but addressed it this week during a sit-down of her own for her new film The Butler.

"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," Winfrey told ET this week. "In time she will be fine."

"For me, it all just felt kind of sad."

Oprah's feelings on the n-word are very clear, but she believes people need to let the "dust settle" before they can have a "real conversation" about race.

She says she is well aware of racism today, even if she's reached the point where at times it's less overt than for other women who are minorities.

"You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometime say ridiculous things," Winfrey says. "Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word."

"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 explains.

"So that doesn't happen to me that way."

"It shows up for me if I'm in a boardroom or situations where I'm the only woman or I'm the only African American person within a hundred mile radius."

"I can see in the energy of the people, they don't sense that I should be holding one of those seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell, 'Is it racism? Is it sexism?'"

When asked to comment about Deen during another interview with Extra, the 59-year-old laughed and struck a lighter tone than she did with ET.

"Oh my god! I don't have anything to do with Paula Deen," she insisted.

"She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!"

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I need an answer: Why are a lot of people so adamant about keeping racism alive? When humans keep issues stirred up then there is a gain and not always a fair gain. It can simply be used to one's advantage. Quite honestly, the excuse of racism is being laughed at in my community. Yes, I am white but I am sick and tired of so many things being blamed on racism. Moreover, I can honestly say that the white people in my life could care less if a person is black or white so I am not at all sure it is the whites who are creating this drama. The racism excuse is getting very old and used up and I believe it has ran it's course and its tank is almost empty. Period.


Get over it!

@ critic

There is nothing to get over. calling a spade a spade. Oprah has to look at herself and asking the "pot" if the kettle is black is even more ridiculous.


Truth is Oprah is as racist as they come. She hides it well but like many of her piers it surfaces as she keeps speaking. Any logical person knows that Obama is a poor president but Oprah and so many others will make her wealth from whites then show her true colors. She is a bitter disgrace. Fox news is as balanced as they come because only on that show do the have a democrat speaking on every topic. She is a shameful bitter woman



@ cody

Not everything gets blamed on Obama-the blame is there because his arrogant ass does nothing about any single thing that happens. He has his own script and he sticks to it. He lives with the thought that if his lackluster ass does nothing then he does nothing wrong. You have seen the type, they are everywhere.


@Stan...what's sad is the one black man makes it into office and you and your kind blame the woes of the world on him. Really?! And what all the white men that held that office had everything running smoothly? "You ppl" live your lives in absolute denial because you are raised that way and want to stay that way. God forbid yall accept responsibility for creating the majority of the crap that's wrong with this country. God help you poor misguided souls.

@ tee

Why is it that people sit around waiting for the PRESIDENT to do something for them stand on your own two feet and help yourself.

@ tee

Once again you bring up your own racism. Do you actually think that anyone gives a damn about his color. What people give a damn about is his responsibly, his actions, his leadership, his solutions. Standing on a podium talking about gay rights or Trayvon or explaining to me about the "tender feelings" of blacks is not at all leading, It is catering to his voter base. He is sympathizing to the ones that feel picked on. He is a civil rights organizer and his actions show that! This is all he wants to do- he doesnt know how to do anything else! His answer to everything is I NEED MORE MONEY. How the hell do you think he got into the whitehouse? Whites voted for him! If this is such a racist country then why in the hell are minorities sneaking across the boarder to get here? You are the ones that need to understand that you are the ones that continue to talk about him being black and you do what most do- scream racism each time that someone goes against him. Look in the mirror.


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@ amants

I think Stan is right!!! No one is saying Obama is not doing anything right because he is BLACK. He's not doing much right, because he just wants to please the minorities who supported him. This is not a racial issue as much as you want to think it is. He's just not a good president. And by the way, we haven't had a REALLY GOOD president in a long time. I blame a lot on the politicians in the House and Senate for all the stalemates too. NOTHING is getting done!!!

@ springsgranny

And here she is...... The voice of reason!


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Your right Oprah it's so sad. All these rap stars with their drawers down below their ass, holding their shit talkin bout nigga nigga nigga niggas, it's so sad. All this black on white crime, 3 blacks beating a 13 yr. old white kid on a school bus and no black leaders speak out... So sad? 70% of black mothers raising kids without a father in the home because he is somewhere else..,., it pitifully sad- Oprah! Alec Baldwin talkin bout queers and he's still on my tube, looking as stupid as ever but whos really cares...Cause Baldwin is in Obamas camp.... So sad! Oprah you and so many others bought into Obama and here we are... As fu*ked as before... So so so sad. Paula Deen now that's not sad Oprah.... That's a travesty, that is a public demoralization of a woman who was crucified for something that takes place and is accepted in different cultures of society if... You are the right shade? This double standard and the propaganda that goes with it is not only sad it's cowardly sick.

@ Stan

You should go (back?) to school...wait, forget it. Common sense can't be taught. You seem negative and well, just sad. And don't blame Obama for your fu*ked life. Maybe pick-up a new hobby or something!

@ John

Nahhhh... I think what bothers you bitches is the truth.my life is not near fu*ked up but you shit for brains that voted for him is screwed up and we the people have to put up with your sorry ass's. You dumb bucket of manure. You and and your sorry government assisted friends now that's sad!

@ Stan

Stan, you seem like a ANGRY person. Dont let things you can't control take control of you. If you are not happy where you are then you proberly won't get to where you should be. Choose not a life of imitation.