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.
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.