Lisa Lampanelli Sparks Outrage Over Use of the N-Word; Says Context Matters

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli is embroiled in controversy after using the word nigga in a tweet last week.

She called HBO show Girls creator her “nigga,” accompanied by a photo of the two together.

Lampanelli immediately faced backlash over her use of the word, but has defended herself on the grounds that “nigga” and “nigger” are two different words, and that context matters.

The New Nigger


Good day niggaz, the non black niggaz that is. Though many black leaders push for the burial of the term, they have not done so on behalf of the other colonized races. A Black multi-cultural person will soon confront the taboo as a minority among members of another culture. This was the case for me when I went to an Indian birthday party. “Nigga” gets thrown all over the place, and it’s not in reference to the African brother. Black folks are expected to get defensive with such lingo, but the expectation changes when the odds of safety are not in your favor.  Relaxation forces itself as an alternative, and still, the discomfort does not escape. So what does this mean for the 21st century Black American?