AceShowbiz -An old video of Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais joking about the N-word in an old televised interview has resurfaced and quickly sparked outrage among social media user. On the other hand, Jerry Seinfeld, who also took part in the video, received praises for not joining his fellow comedians in dropping the racial slur.
In the footage, which was originally taken from HBO Special “Talking Funny” in 2011, saw the comedians getting on the topic of race when C.K. compared the difference between rich white people and black people. The now-disgraced comedian said, “When a black guy gets rich, it’s countdown to when he’s poor again.”
Responding to C.K. remarks, Rock said, “He is the blackest white guy I f***ing know. And all the negative things we think about black people, this f***er…” C.K. then interjected, “You’re saying I’m a n****r?” to which Rock answered, “Yes. You are the n****rest f***ing white man I have ever [met].”
While Gervais was laughing at the two’s exchange, Seinfeld noticeably looked uncomfortable, saying he didn’t think C.K. can “do that.” The 2018 highest-paid comedian elaborated, “I don’t think he has those qualities… I wouldn’t use it anywhere.”
Gervais then used the expletive to point out that Rock and C.K. use the word on stage, while he and Seinfeld don’t. “Who says n***r onstage? We don’t,” he said, to which Seinfeld replied, “Well you just did.” He then agreed when C.K. suggested that the former had probably never used the racial slur. “That’s huge difference between you and me,” C.K. continued.
“Well, you’ve found the humor of it,” Seinfeld pointed out. “I haven’t found it, nor do I seek it.”
The clip quickly went viral with many criticizing C.K. and Gervais for using the racial slur. They also blasted Rock, a black man, for playing a role in enabling it. Among them was former ESPN host Jemelle Hill. “I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence. Have had to tell a few white folks that I’m not that black person,” she said. “Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld.”
“Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact that he used the n-word. And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t s**t. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke,” the “Atlanta” writer continued in another tweet.
Hill added, “It’s quite clear that even if Chris Rock wasn’t born, Gervais and Louis CK were going to be using the n-word. Black people never have and never will give white folks permission to call us that. That’s the jig. We get blamed for their use of it like they ever need our approval.”
Meanwhile, several others praised Seinfeld for not joining his fellow comics in dropping the racial slur during the exchange, with Ava DuVernay tweeting, “When you’re watching something disappointing, then for the first time in your whole life, find yourself wanting to give props to Jerry Seinfeld.” On the other hand, musician Wale called Seinfeld “a real one” and “legend.”
None of the comedians involved in the exchange have responded to the controversy.
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