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The ladies of The View never fail to keep it real, and a recent tense episode was no exception.
Barbara Walters stepped into the n-word trap when she tried to explain to co-host Sherri Shepherd that it should be acceptable for her to use the word if she is simply reporting the news.
Shepherd, with a complex honesty that is severely lacking in politically correct social discourse, explained to Walters that she doesn’t care why she’s saying it, because it bothers her when white people use the word in any context:
“When I heard you say it, it was fine,” she told co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, who used the word while reporting on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “Niggerhead” controversy. Shepherd then turned to Walters, who also used the n-word in the conversation, and said, “I didn’t like the way you said it.”
“I don’t know if it’s a semantics thing, but it’s something that goes through my body,” Shepherd said.
Walters, clearly offended by Shepherd’s feelings, asked, “It’s because I’m white?” Shepherd admitted that it was, responding, “It’s something about hearing you say it,” she said. “…I don’t like it when you use the word…when you say it it’s a different connotation.”
Walters, clearly angry by the double standard, responded, “I never knew you felt this way and I find it just amazing.”
Shepherd, refusing to back down from her feelings, explained to Walters that she knows that she’s not racist, but that it doesn’t take away the pain behind the word.