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Spouting the word "n***a" on social media -- or any of the other racist language that she loves -- then claiming that she was in character and would never say it in her day-to-day life, doesn't make Lampanelli a fearless comic -- it makes her a coward.
In real time, she is trying to figure out whether it's best for publicity to spin her use of the word as endearing or risque, when all she really needs to do is have a nice, tall glass of shut-up.
"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.
Using the word "n***a" to refer to Lena Dunham (who has her own black people issues as discussed in an insightful, thoughtful piece by Rebecca Carroll) doesn't make her bold or funny or shocking or ; in this hipster America, it makes her basic and typical and boring.
That in and of itself is nothing spectacular, but her pathetic, self-serving attempts at justifying her vocabulary choice have probably been her funniest -- unintentional -- jokes to date.
And I don't mean funny Undeniably, calling a woman b***h as an endearment is another problematic conversation worth having; but today, let's deal with the most combustible issue.
For many black people, myself included, the word "n***a" is not an endearment, but a word riddled with hypocrisy and internalized hatred.
White women don't get to sit in their Ivory Towers and tell black people how we should feel about bastardized language historically spewed to demean us; they certainly don't get to browse through the Urban Dictionary and educate us on how we should collectively feel when, emboldened through its acceptance into pop culture, they grant themselves permission to fling it around at will. As a community, black people continue to struggle with the rules and regulations created to harness the ugly power of the word.