Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli is defending calling Lena Dunham her N-word on Twitter.
If anyone has ever seen a Friar’s Club Roast on Comedy Central, they shouldn’t be surprised by anything that comes out of the 51-year-old comedienne’s mouth. Offending people is her business.
On February 18, Lisa Lampanelli spent on a night with Girls creator and star Lena Dunham. She tweeted a picture of them with the caption, “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”
After a Twitter backlash, Lisa Lampanelli is defending her choice to call Lena Dunham her N-word. Well, not defending so much as telling people to lighten up. She spoke with the Huffington Post about the incident:
“The N-word ending in ‘er’ is far different context from the word ending in ‘a.’ Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means ‘friend.'”
By the end of the interview she gets more candid:
“I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people? I won’t stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter. I have always used in my act every racial slur there is for Asians, blacks, gays, and Hispanics.”
Lisa Lampanelli’s act is not for everyone. She knows her audience and what they like. For people outside her audience, her free use of racial slurs like the N-word will always come as a shock. However, it should not shock anyone that she doesn’t care.
Here is Lampanelli’s controversial tweet with Lena Dunham:
— Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 18, 2013
Do you think Lisa Lampanelli should have to defend calling Lena Dunham her N-word? Should she apologize?