Paula Deen's N-Word Controversy Explained

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An Idea Misinterpreted

Deen denied that she used the N-word to describe the waiters in the deposition and said she was actually reimagining a restaurant she visited where "the whole entire wait staff was middle-aged Black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a Black bow tie." Deen added how "impressive" it was, adding, "I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret." (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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