Yesterday (December 22), Twitter went wild after video from 2011 showed Chris Rock giving some of his fellow white comedians permission to use the N-word.
The segment is from the HBO film Talking Funny and features Rock, Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais talking comedy.
The clip begins with CR referring to C.K. as “the blackest white guy I f***ing now. And all the negative things you think about black people, this f***er…” C.K. then ratchets it all up and replies, “You’re saying I’m a n****r?”
“Yes, you are the n*****est f***ing white man, I have ever…”, Rock says back with C.K. and Gervais laughing hysterically. Seinfeld, however, doesn’t seem too comfortable and says the he doesn’t think Rock can simply give white people permission to use the racial slur.
It made Twitter condemn Chris Rock and promote Jerry Seinfeld. Wale, who recorded an album with the sitcom god, took to the social media app promptly and praised his former collaborator.
Imma just say .. Jerry Seinfeld is a real one. A legend— Wale (@Wale) December 22, 2018
I get it but I wish we didn’t have to laud people for not using racist slurs. In other words, just being decent people (???). Society is whacked.— 🦌🎄 мιѕѕ иуєт тяυмρ🎄🦌 🌊 (@MissNyetTrump) December 23, 2018
OR... hear me out, he's simply experienced enough to know better. You're an artist. Words are your craft. Weave them better on Twitter.— Trish ♛ (@StilettoRoyalty) December 23, 2018
SINCE that video, Seinfeld said Roseanne shouldn’t be fired from her show. And there was also the Michael Richards thing.— April (@ReignOfApril) December 23, 2018
A legend? For doing what all people should do in that situation? We set the bar way too low for "legend" status.— NipseyRussellHustle (@NipseyRussell7) December 23, 2018
My God, so much is given for so little! Seinfeld showed restraint while being filmed. We give awards and accolades for meeting the most basic human benchmark-- don't publicly use racist rhetoric-- WHEN BEING FILMED!— LightTravelsFar (@lighttravelsfar) December 23, 2018
What do you think? Is Wale and Twitter over reacting about Jerry Seinfeld's N-word restraint? Let us know in the comment section below.
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