After ditching Matt Lauer at the last minute last week, Paula Deen finally decided to show up and appear on The Today Show. And she with huge crocodile tears.

When Lauer asked if whether she was a racist, Deen replied simply, “No.” Then she added, “I believe that … every one of God’s creatures was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life”

And every black creature should be referred to by the “n” word. She forgot to add that minute detail.

Deen also went on to say that she would have never fired herself. “Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” she said. “I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me.”

As far as being fired, so far Deen has been dropped from The Food Network, Smithfield Foods and QVC, Sears and Target were all reevaluating their relationship with the “n” word loving cook.

But just like every white user of the “n” word, Deen tried to use the “well black people use it too” defense.

Matt asked Deen, “Do you have any doubt in your mind that African-Americans are offended by the N-word?” Her response? Classic black people scapegoating. “I don’t know, Matt. I have asked myself that so many times, because it’s very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and I hear what these young people are calling each other. It’s very very distressing.”

Bullshit, Deen. Pure bull.

In closing Deen had these words to say, “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me, please I want to meet you,” she said. “I is what I is and I’m not changing.”

She may not want people to take her up on that offer.

“There’s someone evil out there that saw what I had worked for, and they wanted it.” Oh, she’s trying to be sabotaged, y’all.

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  • Ghty

    Because Paula got her start on Oprahs show and they are friends.

    Same question would stand if Tyler Perry did something crazy. People would say, “what does Oprah think of this?”

  • The Artist

    I’m so over Paula Deen and her crocodile tears I could scream. And her comment, ““I Is Who I Is And I’m Not Changing” puts the nail in the coffin.

    This just goes to show, how underground racism has become…in my opinion, it’s the worst kind.

  • binks

    I died laughing at this clip, I don’t know how Matt Lauer does it because my composer would have been slipping. This woman (and her supporters) are delusional because they can’t be serious. Honestly, I said all I had to say in the other post about Paula Deen I wonder what her next PR move is because this is becoming a soap opera.

  • KC

    Thank you so much for posting these. I almost got into an argument at work with a white dude for saying he felt sorry for Deen(why her name got brought up in the first place, I don’t know). This issue is so much bigger than her just saying the N-word.

  • cookiechica

    @Liz Lemon
    THANK you! This has been my position ever since the story broke, then reading the posted deposition and her responses. It is NOT about an word uttered nearly 30 years ago during an bank robbery, it’s about Paula Deen being accused(and admitting to) treating people she calls “her family”(staff in her restaurants) like subhumans recently(as in, this century and decade), and not seeing any problem with it.

    When it comes to the “they(black folks and rappers) can say it, why can’t I” argument, aren’t these the same people who fall back on that argument the ones who tell their kids to be individuals and lead by example rather than follow the crowd? There are a lot of words I can use but I choose not to, and that particular adjective is one of them(I dislike the term “the n word” because that is just as ridiculous as using the real thing!). In the same spirit, I’ve asked them, “if black folks and rappers suddenly started jumping off bridges, would you too?”

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