by Joseph Lamour
*Warning: Strong Language*
We’re living in an age where almost everything a person shares with their friends can now be permanently filed away on a server somewhere (in a room, not unlike where Olivia and Fitz like to make out, but that’s for another post). For some people, this permanence proves especially problematic. Laura Beck over at Jezebel rightly filed this story under “WTF”, and seriously, WTF, Lisa Lampanelli?
As you can see above, “Queen of Mean” still thinks she can use the n-word because, in her words:
I can get away with it because I’m a nice person, I have a warm personality, my intention is good behind it.
Let me correct you, Miss: No, no you can’t. Her wikipedia page states that she “is noted for her racy and controversial style of comedy, which frequently includes subjects such as race and homosexuality.” Neither of which she is–which wouldn’t make it OK in my eyes, but being that she is a heterosexual white woman who routinely jokes about her affinity for black men, only because of her usual punchlines: that we’ll date chubby girls or that she can get better looking black men than white ones. The example she uses is she could either get Jared from Subway or LL Cool J. I’ll just let that sit for a moment. Don’t even get me started on the Suicide Girls interview from where the quote originates, in which the interviewer refers to the words “nigger” and “spic” as words that “many consider to be racial slurs”.
They are racial slurs.
To be fair to Lena Dunham, she has no part in this- except, perhaps, that bad things seem happen to black people when she’s around? I guess that’s not fair, but it’s looking like life isn’t fair, either, since white comedians like Lampanelli and, until recently, Shirley Q. Liqour (birth name: Chuck Knipp) continuously bellow racist slurs with no consequence.
My father’s first job in America was as a chef at a Holiday Inn (when he told me, I was shocked that a Holiday Inn even had a kitchen, but, you know… the 70s), and he once told me about a time when a gospel group came to town and shortchanged the white waitress that was serving them. The waitress came into the kitchen where my father was while muttering the n-word under her breath. When my dad took one look at her and pointed to himself (it’s becoming clear that get my smartass-ness from my father), she said, “Oh, not you. Those people.”
It’s the same thought process that the good people over at Perez Hilton went through when they wrote about this same story and said:
But why is she calling Girls creator Lena Dunham a volatile, racial slur?!?!
OOohhhhhhh wait! She doesn’t mean it in a NEGATIVE sense at all!
Lisa’s just using the now familiar usage of the term — ie. “friend, acquaintance, brah” — in regards to Lena… cause they are apparently total besties!!
I guess it’s just the same for comedians like Lisa Lampanelli when pondering whether or not they can say things like this:
She is not talking about Black people with jobs and houses and mortgages, she’s talking about those people. We are all those people, Lisa. Every time I hear a joke of hers I’m reminded of my father’s story. Forty years later, he still remembers it clearly because it affected him the same as if that waitress had called him the n-word. Some people think that since a black man is president, that racism is officially over (it’s not!). But, since the people who pay for Lampanelli’s tickets keep coming to her shows and (inexplicably) keep laughing, she continues to think its OK to continue the way she does.
She probably should get another opinion from my dad.