The last White House Correspondents Dinner under the presidency of Barack Obama was one that was filled with memorable moments.
Besides the President’s annual jokes and witty puns, he also left the on a bang: he infamously dropped the mic after concluding his speech.
Though his speech wasn’t the only highlight of the night: comedian Larry Wilmore’s comments sparked a debate on Twitter about the appropriateness of using the N- word.
That’s right, during his remarks, Wilmore offered his sentiments on racial progress in the country (and Barack Obama’s influence on the matter), by saying:
“Yo Barry, you did it, my n*gga. You did it.”
While the President laughed, many on social media were not laughing. The Twitterverse was divided on how appropriate that remark was.
On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest reported that Obama wasn’t offended by the statement, and said he thought the word was being used by design.
Still, Wilmore’s usage of the word has sparked conversation about whether the word is appropriate no matter the context, and no matter who the exchange is between.
What are your thoughts on the matter?