Comedian Wayne Brady has slammed Louis CK, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Jerry Seinfeld over a 2011 HBO clip which surfaced showing three of them using the n-word.
The Whose Line Is It Anyway star says that even though CK, Rock, and Gervais actually uttered the word, Seinfeld was not as emphatic in his opposition as he should have been.
‘Seinfeld stayed out of it, but that doesn’t make him a hero or a saint – it just makes him tactically smart,’ Brady told TMZ during an interview at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.
‘It was inappropriate,’ the 46-year-old host of Let’s Make a Deal said.
‘Louis CK shouldn’t have been saying it, Chris Rock shouldn’t have signed off on it, Ricky Gervais sure as hell shouldn’t have said it — and I’m a big Ricky Gervais fan,’ Brady said.
Wayne Brady (above) slammed Louis CK, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Jerry Seinfeld over a 2011 HBO clip which surfaced showing three of them using the n-word
A 2011 clip from HBO’s Talking Funny special featuring comedians Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais resurfaced
During the clip, Rock calls CK ‘the blackest white guy I f***ing know,’ to which CK asks ‘You’re saying I’m a n****r?’
CK and Rock have come under fire over the past two days after the old video resurfaced in which they both freely use the n-word.
The 2011 clip from HBO’s Talking Funny special shows the two comedians sitting with Seinfeld and Gervais as Rock calls CK ‘the blackest white guy I f***ing know’.
‘You’re saying I’m a n****r?’ CK asks.
‘Yes, you are the n****rest f****ing white man I have ever met,’ Rock says while CK and Gervais laugh as Seinfeld watches uncomfortably and says he wouldn’t use the term anywhere.
The exchange sparked an upheaval on social media with users bashing CK for using the slur, scolding Rock for allowing it and praising Seinfeld not condoning it.
Brady says he was shocked that the comedians had such a cavalier discussion about the slur.
‘I think that it’s an inappropriate conversation, but on the flip, it’s also an old tape,’ he said.
‘And this thing of old things being drudged up: It happened, I’m sure that Chris addressed it at some point.
‘I haven’t heard him speak out about it, I just think it’s completely inappropriate that Louis CK felt so comfortable.
‘People feel too comfortable saying it.
The men discuss using the n-word in comedy while Seinfeld appears visibly uncomfortable and says he would never use the term
At one point, Gervais says the slur while CK says it a total of four times
‘Just don’t. I don’t care if your best friend is the blackest person in the world, just don’t.
‘That word has so much history connected to it, just err on the side of class: Don’t say it.’
Brady said that while it is true that African-Americans use the word, the difference is the context in which it is said.
‘If you’re not in that culture and you’re part of the culture that at one point used that to hurt and subjugate [the black community], just don’t use it,’ he said.
Brady echoed those on social media who accused Rock of ‘allowing’ the other white comedians to use the term.
CK said the word a total of four times throughout the interview. Rock never stepped in to stop him.
Author and activist DeRay McKessson asked: ‘What was Chris Rock thinking?’, while Bishop Talbert Swan said: ‘Why the hell was @chrisrock shucking, jiving and laughing with them?’
Seinfeld tells Rock during the interview: ‘I don’t think he [CK] could do that. I don’t think he has those qualities.’
‘No, you don’t really understand,’ Rock says, defending CK. ‘You don’t know him like…I’ve worked with him.’
The pair worked together on the 2001 film Pootie Tang, which CK directed and Rock starred in.
During the interview CK went on to declare: ‘We say n****r on stage,’ referring to himself and Rock.
At one point, Gervais even threw around the slur while attempting to claim he doesn’t use it.
‘Who says n****r on stage? We don’t,’ said Gervais, referring to himself and Seinfeld.
‘You just did,’ Seinfeld corrected him. The comedian went on to say he doesn’t find the humor in the n-word, ‘nor do I seek it’.
This is the second blow to CK’s career after he was forced to apologize in 2017 for sexual harassment toward multiple women.
One woman on Twitter wrote: ‘So much cringe. LCK and Gervais were throwing the word around with so much glee, Chris Rock serving up his finest coon moment.’
‘I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence. Have had to tell a few white folks I’m not that black person,’ journalist Jemele Hill said. ‘Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld.’
Meanwhile, others appear tired of the latest social media trend of uncovering years-old bad behavior.
‘People are angry at Chris Rock on December 22, 2018 for a skit that aired on April 22, 2012. The world has too much time on its hands and too much of an incessant need to be outraged,’ Carmine Sabia wrote.
This incident mirrors Kevin Hart’s ordeal earlier this month when he was forced to step down as the host of the Academy Awards due 10-year-old homophobic tweets that resurfaced.
FULL EXCHANGE FROM 2011 TALKING FUNNY SPECIAL
CK: ‘When white people are rich they’re just rich forever and ever. Even their kids are rich. But when a black guy gets rich it’s count down to when he’s poor again.
Rock: ‘ He is the blackest white guy I f***ing know’. And all the negative things we think about black people. This f***er…’
CK: ‘You’re saying I’m a n****r?’
Rock: ‘Yes, you are the n****rest f****ing white man I have ever…’
Seinfeld: ‘I don’t think he could do that. I dont think he has those qualities.’
Rock: ‘No, you don’t really understand. You don’t know him like…I’ve worked with him.’
Seinfeld: ‘No, I wouldn’t use it anywhere.’
Gervais: ‘No exactly. These two use it on stage.’
CK: ‘We use n****r on stage. You guys don’t. That’s the difference.’
Gervais: ‘We can pair up in different ways, but that’s definitley a pairing. Who says n****r on stage? We don’t.
Seinfeld: ‘You just did.’
CK: ‘You and me say n****r in private. These two guys don’t. I don’t believe he says it in private much.’
Rock: ‘I’ve given it up, just because it’s played.
CK: ‘I don’t think you’ve probably said it in your life.’
CK: ‘That’s a huge difference between you and me.’
Senfield: ‘Well you’ve found the humor of it. I haven’t found it, nor do I seek it.’
Rock: ‘How can I squeeze some comedy out of this n****r.’
CK: ‘You know what though? Jerry all of a sudden having a great n****r bit would be amazing.’