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Oprah Winfrey Doesn't Let Friends Use N-Word

Rob Kim/Getty Images for Hearst(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey's latest role on the big screen is Gloria, the wife of a White House domestic worker, in Lee Daniels' The Butler. And although the film is set in 1960s segregated America, where use of the N-word was common, Winfrey says she doesn't let friends utter the word now.

"You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it," Winfrey told Parade magazine. "I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree."

Winfrey continued that young people "don’t know diddly-squat" about the Civil Rights movement and what it did to help eradicate prejudices in America. It's a struggle that's portrayed in the film.

Winfrey's co-star, Forest Whitaker, who portrays the titular servant man, said the film is about more than that.

"The movie deals with the valuation of life, too. Like, whose life is valuable? Is it okay to take life?" he asked.

Lee Daniels' The Butler hits theaters August 16.

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