Celebrity chef Paula Deen is reeling from the backlash to her admission that she routinely calls black people "niggers." In a video released by her camp today, Deen says: "I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done." Looking somewhat befuddled, she continues: "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."
Update: According to published reports, Food Network has fired Paula Deen.
Deen, 66, made the controversial admission in a videotaped deposition for a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by the former general manager of her popular Savannah, GA restaurant.
She smiled as she fondly recalled wanting to create a slavery-themed wedding where the black wait staff were dressed as slaves in an antebellum mansion down south.
Deen said she got the idea for the slave wedding from a southern restaurant she visited with her husband.
"The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie," she said.
Deen added: "I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America... after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War. It was not only black men, it was black women. I would say they were slaves."
Do you forgive her for being what she is from birth?
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