OK! Oprah Says No One In Their Right Mind Is Going To Call Her The N-Word

August 6, 2013  |  

While out promoting her new film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oprah stopped by Entertainment Tonight to discuss her role in the project. During the interview, she also broke her silence on thoughts regarding the Paula Deen scandal and being called racial slurs in her own life. According to the media maven, although she rarely meets people bold enough to call her the N-word to her face, with exception of “Twitter thugs,” she does experience racism in other ways. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On if she’ll be sitting down with Paula:

“I think Paula Deen was used sort of like a symbol, but I think a lot of people use that word inappropriately, all the time.”

“Uh, I don’t know [if I’ll be sitting down with her]. When she’s ready to talk. Just like when Lindsay [Lohan] was in a position where she wasn’t ready to make a decision about moving forward, I think you have to let the dust settle and figure out where you are in all of that before you can have a real conversation.”

On if she’s ever been called the N-word: 

“I would have to say that racism for me doesn’t show itself that way. Nobody in their right mind, unless they’re a Twitter thug, is going to call me the N-word. You see those fools on Twitter, sometimes they say ridiculous things, but nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face. True racism is being able to have power over somebody else, so that doesn’t happen to me that way. It shows up for me this way. Sometimes I’m in a boardroom and I’m the only woman and the only African-American person within a 100-mile radius and I can see the energy of the people there. They don’t sense that I should be holding one of those few seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell if it’s racism or sexism. Often it’s both. The sexism thing is huge. The higher the ladder you climb, it gets huge. Men are used to running things.”

On being discriminated against while in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding:

“I was in Zurich the other day at a store, whose name I will not mention. Now, I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear, but obviously, the Oprah Winfrey Show isn’t shown in Zurich. So I’m there for Tina Turner’s wedding and I decided I was going to leave the hotel, just me by myself. Stedman wasn’t there and Gayle wasn’t there, no friends. I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Uh, excuse me, may I see that bag right over there above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No, it’s too expensive.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, the black one, up there, it’s folded over,’ and she said, ‘No, you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one because that one costs too much money.’ I said, ‘No, I really did want to see that one,’ and she refused to get it. She started to show me these other little bags. I tried one more time and said, ‘I really do want to see that bag,’ and she said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much, you’re probably right. I can’t afford it,’ and I walked out of the store.” No why did she do that? Now I could’ve had a big blow up and thrown down the Black Card, but it just shows you that it [racism] still exists.”

On why she doesn’t use the N-word:

“It’s out of respect for those people whom that’s the last word they heard while they were being hung. It’s the last word they heard when they were being fired. It’s the last word they heard when their house was being burned.”

Check out footage from Oprah’s interview here.


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