“Every time you make it the ‘N-Word,’ it’s cute. It’s like ‘The N- Word,’ …I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it; it’s part of our history.”
– Whoopi Goldberg, The View
The women of The View discussed CNN’s bold move in saying the full racial slur “N***er” rather than “N-Word” in their news reporting.
The show aired after CNN anchor Don Lemon defended CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti’s choice to say “f***ing n***er” during a segment after reading a FaceBook post by 19-year-old Jacob C. England, a suspect in the Tulsa shootings.
Lemon argued saying merely “The N-word” lessens the impact of the actual slur.
“I think it takes the value out of what that word really means, especially when we are reporting it,” Lemon said. “And I don’t care what color the reporter is, I think someone should say, ‘That person calls someone nigger’ instead of saying the n-word because I think it sanitizes it.”
The View host Barbara Walters told the viewers there have been times when she has had to report on the “N-Word.” She said [if a reporter] is “quoting it, then you should be able to.”
“If you are quoting somebody else, shouldn’t you be able to use the word,” she asked.
The View host Whoopi Goldberg said the full “N-Word” should be used in actual reporting, noting that saying “N-word” takes away the effect.
“Every time you make it the ‘N-Word,’ it’s cute. It’s like ‘The N- Word,’ she said. “…I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it; it’s part of our history.”
“Every time people try to make it sound better or more acceptable… let’s just call it what it is,” she said.
Watch The View’s Segment on the N-Word Below