Lisa Lampanelli caused intentional controversy Monday morning after she tweeted a picture of herself with Girls creator Lena Dunham with the caption, “Me with my n*gga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”
The comedian, who considers herself equally offensive to everyone, has responded to the backlash with one big shoulder shrug. Lisa told The Huffington Post. “I was at the Writers Guild Awards and Lena Dunham saw me and said, ‘I saw you when I was 15.’ She was so sweet and I swear to you, I’m the biggest fan of ‘Girls’ in the world, and I just tweeted out our picture. And that’s controversial; enjoy, people.”
She goes on to defend her use of racial slurs, explaining the variations of the N-word make it okay.
“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,’” she said. “And by the way, if I had put the word ending in ‘er,’ that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. ‘A’ on the end means ‘my friend.’”
“I’ve played every comedy club and every theatre across the country for the last 25 years and seen a lot of audience members from different ethnic persuasions,” she continued. “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. To me, it’s acceptable if the joke is funny and if it is said in a context of no hate. It’s about taking the hate out of the word.”
Still no response from Lena Dunham. Does her silence equal approval? Do you feel Lisa has the right to use the N-word based on her explanation? Sound off!