Okay, now I have to tell you that this wasn’t a surprise, in fact, I am under the impression that it’s a publicity stunt. But hey, what do we care, we use the word everyday all day. Right?
On with the story…
(Taken from TMZ.com)
In an apology issued through his publicist, Dick said, "I chose to make a joke about a subject that is not funny. In an attempt to make light of a serious subject, I have offended a lot of people, and I am sorry for my insensitivity. I wish to apologize to Ian, to the club, and its patrons and to anyone who was hurt or offended by my remark."
Andy was heckling comedian Ian Bagg at L.A.’s Improv comedy club Saturday, when he sudddenly got out of his seat and jumped onstage, cracked jokes about Michael Richards, and referred to the crowd by the N word.
But that’s nothing. Get a load of this…
In Los Angeles, the Comedy Union did a special show featuring comedics and told them to use the N word. Yes, you read right.
Comedy Union owner Enss Mitchell hosted a comedy show with comedians who were not afraid to use the N-word, in fact use of the n-word by all participating comedians was encouraged for this particular show.
“Comedy is about freedom of speech. We are having the show because we are a comedy club and we don’t see n—–r necessarily as a negative term, between blacks it can be a term of endearment, it can be a way to socialize, it can mean ‘I’m up with pop culture’- the word can mean a lot of things that are not necessarily negative.”
The Comedy Union was founded by Enss Mitchell in 2002 in Los Angeles’ Wilshire District. Comedians such as D.L. Hughley, Sinbad and Damon Wayans have all performed on the Comedy Union stage. Most of the comedians who play the Comedy Union are professionals who tour the country and can be seen in many feature films, HBO specials or BET shows.