A Fox News guest called President Obama "the rapper-in-chief" on Monday because he used the N-word during a podcast interview.
Obama recently appeared on comedian Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, the audio of which was released on Monday morning, and discussed racism in the U.S.
"Racism, we are not cured of. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'nigger' in public," Obama said. "That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."
Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli, who is black, expressed outrage during a discussion on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.”
“He has really dragged in the gutter-speak of rap music,” Borelli said. “So now he’s the first President of rap, of street? I mean, come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the President of the United States.”
“The President-in-chief, the rapper-in-chief now, is further dividing our country,” Borelli continued.
Yes, one should never, ever, ever use this word -- in any context, even in order to condemn it or the people who use it. That's the rule.
However, it's a rule Ms. Borelli did not follow in her own book, Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. The introduction to Borelli's book begins as follows:
By Borelli's own logic, it doesn't matter that she's condemning the people she quotes. By Borelli's logic, she engages in "gutter-speak" in her book. Every time someone reads her book, that "gutter-speak" further divides the country.
UPDATE: Fox's Todd Starnes follows up and makes essentially the same points about the president:
If he talks like that in public -- I can only imagine what he says in private.In 2013, when Paula Deen acknowledged using the N-word, Starnes had a very different response:
It does not appear that the president’s remarks were off-the-cuff. Based on my interpretation of the podcast, he was cool, calm and measured in his use of the n-word.
It was disappointing to say the least to hear such a vulgarity come out of the mouth of the leader of the free world.
But there you have it folks -- this is man who was supposed to usher in the post-racial America. This is the man who was supposed to unite, not divide.
What President Obama said is indefensible. It soils the dignity of the Oval Office.
For goodness sake. He’s the President of the United States, not a hip-hop artist
Yes, he had the unmitigated gall to write "public lynching" and "hung by the noose." He's not even trying to sugarcoat the offensiveness here.