R&B songstress Ciara is the latest to respond to Paula Deen’s n-word controversy.
During a visit to Access Hollywood Live for a interview on Tuesday (June 25), co-host Billy Bush brought up the use of the n-word debate, making sure to point out the ATL singer herself uses it in her latest cut, “I’m Out.” Cici instantly defended the use of the word for all artists alike.
As an entertainer, you have fun and it’s all about the context it’s used in. I am an African-American woman, so I can identify with that word in different ways.
When asked to chime in specifically on the Paula Deen’s use of the controversial term, Ciara’s tone changed — but are we surprised? Not really. But to our surprise, the 27-year old felt the word itself is not as degrading as it was in the past. She goes on to say the following, seen in the video above:
That word has as much power as you give it. That word is so old that it references the context of where it comes from. I want to make sure I’m clear about that, it doesn’t mean that same thing that it could have meant years ago, especially when we can have fun about it. I’m all about empowering women, I’m all about empowering myself. As a human being, I would never use any word that would be degrading to myself….or to anyone else.
Do you agree with Ciara justifying the use of the word for entertainers? What about the word not being as negative today?