BET Awards Stars React to Paula Deen Controversy
By ROBERT PACE
July 01, 2013
As BET summoned the finest African-American entertainers to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for Sunday's annual BET Awards, the stars reacted to Paula Deen's recent highly publicized controversy involving her reported racist remarks.
"I'm definitely disappointed and I just feel like it just shows us that they're still people out there that have to learn to accept everyone no matter what your color is, your race, your creed," said La La Anthony, whose film Think Like a Man was nominated on the night.
Most of the stars, interviewed by ET's special correspondent Bria Murphy, admitted to not knowing the full backstory behind the controversy, but nevertheless expressed their opinions on the matters and on racism in general.
"There wasn't that much kickback and people didn't start hating on the situation until she tried to justify and she tried to get out there and explain [herself]," Nick Cannon noted. "Sometimes less is more."
While the bulk of those with opinions on the matter sided against the former Food Network chef, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd took a more sympathetic stance towards Deen as her career has unwound amid the controversy.
"It's a shame that this is the legacy that's being left, but all the sponsors are dropping out like fast and furious," Shepherd said. "It just shows me that you really must be careful. ... This whole thing is...a shame. It really is."
Watch the full video to hear what all the stars had to say about the Paula Deen controversy at the BET Awards.