Famous Young Actress Gets Called the N-Word But With Good Reason

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Lisa LampanelliComedienne Lisa Lampanelli is in a whole lotta Twitter trouble after she dared use the "N-word" when she tweeted a picture of her and Girls star Lena Dunham. She wrote: "Me with my n***a @Lena Dunham ... I love this beyotch!" Of course, she got called racist. You know, it's about time we got over the word "n***a," which I won't even spell out because I don't even want to risk some idiot calling me racist. Anyway, Lisa refuses to apologize for her use of the word and explains that it means "friend." Um, duh!

After Twitter lit up with gripes (when doesn't it?) over her use of the term, she defended herself, saying:

The N-word ending in 'er' is far different context from the word ending in 'a.' Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means 'friend'. I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people? I won't stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter.

It's not a term I'd use myself but I'm allowed to write about it. You know why? I live in Brooklyn. I hear this word all of the time. And it's always used to mean "dude," or "guys," or even "you."

Last night in the gym, there were three young guys (late teens or early 20s) working out near me. I kept hearing, "N***a, you have to do 10 more reps! N***a, you're out of shape!" This was three white guys talking to each other. No one gave them a "black pass." It's just a word they use to mean "dude," and they aren't thinking about the sociopolitical ramifications of it.

Then there was the time I heard a group of black teens say, "Hey, there's the n***as from Occupy Wall Street." They were referring to a group of white people protesting near a bank.

Were any of these people racist -- considering they were using the term for Caucasians? As was Lisa?

The term has clearly evolved from what it used to be ... at least, if done in a certain context and with the all important "a" at the end. I think it's an amazing thing that has happened -- one of the most derogatory words in history has morphed into something positive! (I'm actually thinking "cracker" might have morphed too ... at least judging from the "Cracka, you're looking fine!" comment I got from a black guy a few weeks ago.)

Like I said, I wouldn't use the term. For one, at my age, it would sound ABSURD. It would be like wearing a Wet Seal miniskirt at 80. (Though if my legs are still good, hey, why not?) But I also wouldn't want anyone having some ridic, unfounded excuse to call me racist. Don't want an African-American nurse touching your white baby? Racist. Calling your good friend "n***a"? Not racist.

What do you think about the term?


Image via Lisa Lampanelli on WhoSay

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nonmember avatar Octoberbird

Haha, you're right, Kiri. My friends and I are all white, but we call each other that almost all the time. There's really no need to blow this out of proportion. And we're all 19 or so, so it's not unreasonable either. A joke is a joke.

CPN322 CPN322

That I'd rather not have it come out of my mouth.

nonmember avatar Ashley

Some people just want attention. I hear all the time about people getting offended by that word when that word means ignorant. I actually had a person call me an my sister racists cus we had made a funny video with an obama mask an i told them they were being racist thinking we were. Racists just because we are white. Alot people dont think bout that. Just assuming white people are racists by the color of our skin. Thats discrimination

coupo... coupon_ash_back

I'm AA and hate "a" just as much as I hate "er". I also hate words that are offensive to other races as well. No one is going to tell me to get over it.

Blues... Blueshark77

I'm more offended by actions than words. I'm Italian and my friend calls me Greasy Whop Dago Bastard. She's Irish and I call her a drunken turfcutter. We see how pointless it is to become offended by words, but if someone wants to get worked up over it that's their business. If someone is doing something to hurt you or hold you back because of your race or ancestry in your line of work, school, general life, etc. then it's a problem and I would be offended as hell.

coupo... coupon_ash_back

...and there's never a good reason to use words that hurt others. Plus, simply being white doesn't make one racist. Or being blue, red, or orange.

linzemae linzemae

They're just words

nonmember avatar Doug

wow im surprised your blog here made it past the editorial dept...i guess its ok for white chicks to be as racist as hell and engage in racial stereoypes(which has been done ad nauseum here by white bloggers) and yet these same bloggers blow about how racist and biggoted they think alot of white men are...white girls these days really are a train wreck..

nonmember avatar Hanapana

I think people that use the N-word in either context are immature or ignorant. There are plenty of other words in the English language to use. Hell, I'd rather someone make up a word than to use a term that's offended people for decades if not longer. It may just be a word but I cringe EVERYTIME I hear it, just like the C-word used for women.

bills... billsfan1104

I love Lisa!!!! She cracks me up!! Before she started to get famous, she did some routines here in Buffali and always on the Shred and Ragen show!!! Her husband is black and Lisa give two shots what others say. She has always been politically incorrect.

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