White House: Barack Obama not offended by comedian’s slur

The White House said US president Barack Obama wasn’t offended by comedian Larry Wilmore’s use of a racial slur at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president. He concluded: “Yo Barry, you did it, my n****. You did it.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he talked with Mr Obama, and he appreciated the spirit of racial progress Wilmore was trying to convey.

Earnest said the White House didn’t see Wilmore’s speech beforehand. Earnest also said he is confident Wilmore used the word by design and was seeking to be provocative.

But Earnest said any fair reading makes clear that Wilmore’s sentiments of racial progress “came from a genuine place.”

Wilmore, on his Comedy Central show on Monday, noted: “Like the president himself, the reaction was mixed,” a joking reference to Obama’s black father and white mother.

“I completely understand why people would be upset about that,” Wilmore said on The Nightly Show. “It’s a very charged word — I get it.”

He said one critic, former CNN host Piers Morgan, had misquoted him by saying Wilmore used the word ending in “er.”

Instead, Wilmore pointed out he used it ending in “a,” which he said was a term of endearment some black people use to take back the power of the word to denigrate.


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