Paula Deen has been at the center of discussion this week, in the wake of her being cut from Food Network and dropped by other sponsors due to the backlashed she received after admitting to using the 'n-word,' amongst other things. She had the chance to speak out during her makeup interview with "Today" host Matt Lauer.

The celebrity chef, who broke down into tears during her interview said that anyone who has never sinned should "please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me." She also went on to say that even though she entered a legal deposition that she used racial slurs in the past, she is not indeed, a racist.

I believe that … every one of God’s creatures is created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life.

Ever since Deen testified in a May 17 deposition that she used the n-word when describing a fantasy wait staff to Lisa Jackson, a former employee who is currently suing for racial and sexual harassment at Bubba's Oyster House (a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother) it seems as if her P.R. team has been working overtime.

In 2007, the 66-year-old chef suggested that her brother’s wedding be a “plantation”-style affair, complete with middle-aged black men in white jackets and black bowties serving as waiters

There have been a lot of people supporting Food Networks decision to dissolve their relationship with Deen, while many others have come to her side to support her during this rough patch. When asked if she would do the same thing that Food Network did if she was in their position, she said she would not have fired herself.

While people choose sides, and juxtapose Deen's situation with just about every other situation imaginable where the 'n-word' is used (i.e. music, movies, books) from what I have seen, I truly believe this backlash has more to do with Deen and her team mishandling a situation, than it does with her misuse of a "word." Basically, in trying to pass off her actions casually like they were no big deal, in addition to only claiming to have uttered that slur once in her entire 66 years on earth, Deen insulted the integrity of the internet, and they fired back - big time.

I is what I is and I'm not changing.

Those were Deen's words, as she wept on national television today. Unless the notorious crisis P.R. guru Judy Smith (reportedly hired by Deen today) can work her magic, Deen may lose millions.

Whether Deen agrees or not, losing that kind of money will indeed change a person.

UPDATE: Walmart is the latest big business partner to sever ties with Deen.

Do you believe Paula Deen has only used the 'n-word' one time in her entire life?

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