Lisa Lampanelli is defending her use of the n-word when referring to her friend, Lena Dunham, claiming it means her ‘friend.’ Lampanelli the ‘Queen of Mean’ took to Twitter to address the controversy, “Glad 2 have given u something other than Alec Baldwin to talk about on my day off! Loving & laughing at it all! Thanks, Twitterverse!”
“I have not been online since Sunday night; I needed a little break after the writer awards. And I’m like, oh there is controversy, perfect,” Lisa told The Huffington Post. “I was at the Writers Guild Awards and Lena Dunham saw me and said, ‘I saw you when I was 15.’ She was so sweet and I swear to you, I’m the biggest fan of ‘Girls’ in the world, and I just tweeted out our picture. And that’s controversial; enjoy, people.”
“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,'” she said. “And by the way, if I had put the word ending in ‘er,’ that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. ‘A’ on the end means ‘my friend.'”
“I’ve played every comedy club and every theatre across the country for the last 25 years and seen a lot of audience members from different ethnic persuasions,” she continued. “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. I have always used in my act every racial slur there is for Asians, blacks, gays, and Hispanics. To me, it’s acceptable if the joke is funny and if it is said in a context of no hate. It’s about taking the hate out of the word.”
I don’t condone the use of the n-word in all its forms…but living in NYC you hear it on a regular basis and become desensitized…hello you’ll hear it at least 100 times while on the train…what do you think of the use of the word?
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