Over the past week, the fire under Paula Deen’s pot has been continually lit. The popular chef has been dropped from The Food Network and her endorsement with Smithfield Farms because of a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit in which she admitted to using the “N word.”
Celebrities in the African-American community have been offering their opinions on whether or not Paula Deen was wrong. In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” R&B artist Ciara was questioned about the use of the N-word because of her new song “I’m Out” in which the word is used repeatedly.
Ciara told the hosts that she could not speak on the Paula’s situation because she didn’t know the full story, but that the word should be used in fun.
“As an entertainer, you have fun and it’s all about the context it’s used in. I am an African-American woman, so I can identify with that word in different ways. I know where I’m coming from… If we have fun with it and you can understand where it’s coming from, then you can probably receive it in that way,” Ciara said.
Actress Stacey Dash took to Twitter to support Paula Deen, giving somewhat of a religious approach to the situation.
“God does everything for a reason @Paula_Deen Only God can judge your heart BTW my daughter loves your show (only way she can get me to cook),” tweeted Stacey.
Paula also appeared on the “Today Show” Wednesday morning to defend herself. In a somewhat emotional interview, Paula said she’s hurt by all of the accusations, but she is definitely not racist.
“I know my love for people, and I’m not going to sit here and tell everything I’ve done for people of color, but I would never hurt anyone on purpose,” said Paula who challenged the younger generation to stop using the word.
“I think that for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other and not throwing that word at each other. It makes my skin crawl,” she said.
Watch Ciara discuss her views.
Paula tears up on “Today.”