“The View” Debates Larry Wilmore Calling President Obama The N-Word (VIDEO)
On Monday’s “The View,” the co-hosts debated Larry Wilmore calling President Obama the N-word at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Check out the video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Wilmore was the host at Saturday’s elite event, and ended his speech by saying, “Mr. President, I’m going to keep it 100. Yo, Barry, you did it my, n*gga.” The panelists of “The View” were actually among the guests in the audience, and had differing opinions on “The Nightly Host” using what is typically perceived as a racist slur. Guest co-host Sunny Hostin, though, was the most insistent that Wilmore had gone too far.
“Using the N-word when you have the first black president of the United States sitting there, having enjoyed two terms of a presidency, was so disrespectful, was so inappropriate,” said the journalist. For Whoopi Goldberg, though, she had a bigger issue with many of Wilmore’s jokes falling flat. “If you can’t read the room, you shouldn’t be doing that gig,” she said.
The moderator continued, “Because there were a number of jokes that Obama had already covered that you should have ticked off your list.” She went on to argue that the N-word could’ve been appropriate if used by a different person or in a different forum. “I think there was five comics who could’ve done that word a lot better,” Goldberg said.
“I don’t have the same [negative] relationship to that word,” the actress and comic explained. “I love that the kids have taken that word and pooped all over it and said, ‘Now try something else on me ’cause that word doesn’t work anymore.’ That word stops everybody. I like the fact that the kids have taken that word and said, ‘You can’t get us with that — try something new.'”
Hostin, however, questioned whether you can “ever sanitize that word,” and Goldberg emphatically said “you can.” Michelle Collins also chimed in, “If Chris Rock was up there, it would’ve worked.” That said, Goldberg did acknowledge, “I don’t know if I would’ve suggested to anyone to end their piece [with that] with anybody,” not just a black president.
Meanwhile, Joy Behar noted, “Any comedian that does that gig, though — that is a thankless job… That audience looked like it’s sitting shiva half the time. Who died?!” Goldberg, however, had the last word saying, “The president had everyone on the floor, and Larry didn’t help himself, because when you attack your own like that, it’s kind of like ‘Well, aren’t you in the media? And you just got here. Your show’s two years old.'”
Watch the discussion below.