ATLANTA, Ga - In a recent CNN interview with Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he feels that celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven.
Amid allegations that Deen used racial slurs, many of her sponsors and partners have dropped her, including the Food Network, where she hosts several cooking shows, her main job. Her fans have called for a boycott of the network, something Deen said in her Today Show interview that she does not condone.
"She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past... used this terrible word... I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely for her honesty... [s]he's apologized profusely."
Carter remembers when the word was used all across the nation, not just in the south, where Deen is from. He is referring to the age of segregation.
Carter advised her to wait for "the dust [to] settle and make apologies."
Carter was asked about several issues during the interview, including the recent gay marriage decisions, something he says should be nationwide, and the NSA and Edward Snowden, who Carter defended.
He also talked about organized religions that use their belief system to oppress women worldwide.