Elisabeth and Whoopi Discuss the “N-word”
Posted by Ryan on July 19, 2008
On an episode of this week’s “The View” the ladies were discussing Jesse Jackson’s hypocritical use of the “n-word” in the same interview where Jackson voiced his desire to castrate Barack Obama. For some reason Fox News didn’t release the part of the film in question to the public, but it leaked anyway.
Either way, this exchange broke out between the ladies, mostly Whoopi and Sherri versus Elisabeth, about the use of the “n-word.” As usual, they seemed to gang up on Elisabeth, although I believe she has the moral high-ground in this argument:
In my opinion, either it’s a good word or a bad word, but playing the “it’s our word” game is not only a complete violation of the First Amendment if use of the word leads to legal repercussions (which it does in certain circumstances, sometimes even when the word itself is not even used!), but it’s simply not playing fair. Also, adding an “a” or an “er” to the end of the word should make no difference if in principle it’s a bad word either.
Yet, it does make a difference, at least to my students, their music, and some in the media. Should it, though? Elisabeth says no, and based on principle I’m in solidarity with her on this one. I wonder what Jesse Jackson would have to say about all this?