Comedian Wayne Brady thinks the use of the n-word by other comedians is as “completely inappropriate” now as it was in 2011 as seen in a newly resurfaced video that went viral.
The “Whose Line Is It Anyway” star spoke with TMZ at Los Angeles Airport on Sunday about a now-viral video that resurfaced Saturday featuring Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld talking about the controversial slur.
“It was inappropriate. Louis C.K. shouldn’t have been saying it, Chris Rock shouldn’t have signed off on it, Ricky Gervais sure as hell shouldn’t have said it — and I’m a big Ricky Gervais fan,” Brady said.
“Seinfeld stayed out of it, but that doesn’t make him a hero or a saint — it just makes him tactically smart,” the actor and television host added.
The clip, from a 2011 episode of HBO’s “Talking Funny,” made the rounds again on social media, sparking outrage over the conversation which, at one point, at one point, saw Louis C.K. dropping the n-word when Rock called him the “blackest white guy” he knows.
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I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence. Have had to tell a few white folks that I’m not that black person. Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld pic.twitter.com/8wrGGufBUS
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 23, 2018
While the clip is not new, and has been available for some time, and Louis C.K. has used the slur in his stand-up act for years, the video got a new life after it was re-posted.
Though Brady didn’t cut Seinfeld any slack in his comments, some praised the veteran comedian’s uncomfortable reaction in the clip, as he told C.K. he probably shouldn’t use the slur and added that he wouldn’t use the word anywhere.
“You’ve found the humor of it. I haven’t found it – nor do I seek it,” Seinfeld said.
Gervais, who could be heard laughing through the moment, also used the word while denying that he ever did so.
“I think that it’s an inappropriate conversation, but on the flip, it’s also an old tape. And this thing of old things being drudged up: It happened, I’m sure that Chris addressed it at some point. I haven’t heard him speak out about it, I just think it’s completely inappropriate that Louis C.K. felt so comfortable. People feel too comfortable saying it,” Brady told TMZ. “Just don’t. I don’t care if your best friend is the blackest person in the world, just don’t.”
The backlash on social media after the clip resurfaced was not the best press for Louis C.K. who has been trying to make a kind of comeback following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Atlantic staff writer and former ESPN host, Jemele Hill, posted the clip and commented: “Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact he used the n-word. And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t shit. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke.”
She also responded to a comment on Twitter.
It’s quite clear that even if Chris Rock wasn’t born, Gervais and Louis CK were going to be using the n-word. Black people never have and never will give white folks ✌?permission✌?to call us that. That’s the jig. We get blamed for their use of it like they ever need our approval. https://t.co/0ToaL3LbdQ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 23, 2018
“That word has so much history connected to it, just err on the side of class: Don’t say it,” Brady reiterated in his talk with TMZ.
So @tmz caught me at LAX and asked me about this video from 2011. I hadn’t seen it til last night For some reason it’s made the rounds again and has people talking. I’m happy I could put 2 sentences together this morn. https://t.co/XXzxc2k469
— Wayne Brady (@WayneBrady) December 24, 2018
Brady tweeted about his remarks, saying he was glad he “could put 2 sentences together this morn” to address the controversy.
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