Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who is under fire after she admitted using a racial slur, said in an emotional TV interview on Wednesday that she is not a racist.
Deen said, “I believe that every creature on this earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal.” She also insisted she's not racist and that there have been “some very hurtful lies said about me.”
“I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times. I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other. It’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other,” said Paula Deen to Matt Lauer who asked her if people find the n-word 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. I would never hurt anyone on purpose,” she continued. “I’m heartbroken. I’ve had to hold friends in my arms while they’ve sobbed because they know what has been said about me. It's not true.”
And then she said, “I is what I is and I'm not changing.”
“If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me,” she said. “Please. I want to meet you.”
Also, to ass to her woes, retailer Walmart said it was cutting ties with the chef. “We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises,” Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt toldReuters.
You can watch the interview in the video above.