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Oprah Winfrey: Millions use N-word

Oprah Winfrey is aware that millions of people use the N-word and thinks that Paula Deen is representative of the masses.

The popular American chef experienced a major backlash after admitting she had used the offensive term, which has its roots in racism.

Oprah believes that while the cook is not the only one’s mouth the word “n**ger” has come out of, she shouldn’t be excused.

"I think that Paula Deen represented, you know, millions of people who have used the word," she told E! News.

"Unfortunately, she is a public figure. And whatever the situation was with the hearing that she had, or had said it and then went on TV and said she had only said it one time, but Paula Deen, I thought, represented a whole lot of people.”

Oprah is currently starring in Lee Daniel’s The Butler movie where an “African-American eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler,” according to IMDb.

The star is under the impression that the N-word issue may have escalated due to the video deposition Paula gave when a former employee filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against her.

“I think for the big issue to be made about Paula Deen was what the media does,” the talk show host continued. "You and I both know a lot of people use that word."

Oprah recently shared her opposition to the use of the N-word.

Even though the 59-year-old is aware that some younger groups use the term positively nowadays, it evokes memories of slavery and racial injustice for her.

"You cannot be my friend and use that word around me," the OWN Network boss said. "It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it…I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree."

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