I know there are a million other things we could focus on other than Larry Wilmore addressing “Barry” with his form of endearment using the word “ni**a.” It is interesting that the White House is somewhat ok with Wilmore addressing President Obama as ‘N—a.’
Larry Wilmore explained on his show he had not called President Obama a “n**ger” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wilmore said he had called him a “n**ga.”
“So how was your weekend? Mine was pretty good,” Wilmore said on his show. “I hosted little dinner party. With a few friends — me, Don Lemon, the president. My boys! And I’m wrapping up my little speech and giving the president some props, telling him how much I appreciated him being the first black president. And then I buttoned it with a little, um, let’s say, colloquialism.“There was a lot of reaction. Many people were upset about it. Many people supported it. And like the president himself, the reaction was mixed. Oh, shit, I did it again. Don’t make those jokes, Larry!” Wilmore said, scolding himself.
“Seriously, though, I completely understand why some people would be upset about it. It’s a very charged word. I get it.”
“Now, hold on. Are you saying I called the president a ‘n**ger’? That’s horrible! I would never do that. I believe I said, “Yo Barry, You did it, my n**ga. There’s s difference. ‘N**ger’ is what white people use to denigrate, demean and dehumanize black people. And ‘n**ga’ is a term of endearment some black people use between each other, to take back that power.”
During a press conference on Monday, a White House spokesman said President Barack Obama “appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore’s expressions on Saturday night.”
“Any comedian who’s signed up to follow President Obama at the White House correspondents’ dinner is assuming one of the most difficult tasks in comedy,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. “Comedians are going to go right up to the line,” he added.
The expression on the spokeman’s face betrayed the words coming out of his mouth.
Washington Post — Earnest said he had discussed Wilmore’s routine with Obama Monday morning, and the president expressed no qualms about it.
The president embraced that idea, Earnest explained.
“He said that he appreciated the spirit and the sentiments that Mr. Wilmore expressed,” he said. “He ended his speech by saying that he couldn’t put into words the pride that he felt in this president, and he made the observation that this country has made remarkable progress in this lifetime.”
Via Sandra Rose