Paula Deen issued a statement about that deposition she gave in which she freely admitted to things like using the n-word, making derogatory comments about her staff and expecting them to pose as slaves for a wedding she was planning.

In a nutshell: She's old and Southern, so what did you expect?

In response to the furor over her deposition (which in turn birthed the best hashtag on Twitter ever), Team Deen sent a statement to TMZ that read:

During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today.

[Paula] was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today.

To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination

In other words, old Southerners are always racist so no big. What? (Also note the racially insensitive behavior she admits to occurred in that long-ago era of ... 1986.)

Thanks for making an entire region of the country -- much of which has come a long way, baby -- facepalm today, Paula. You're the best.

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