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Though the actor differs from costar Taraji P. Henson, who said earlier today she’s against the use of the word, Howard thinks it’s time to get real. The Oscar nominee wants to drop the stigma surrounding the word which he believes would make the Lee Daniels hip-hop drama feel more authentic.
During an interview Monday with hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood Live,” Howard got deep with his opinions about the controversial word.
Here’s the transcript from the interview:
Kit Hoover: “What I love though is you wanna push it even further in season two. You said we should use the n* word, we gotta be authentic, we should go even further with this, how far are we gonna go?”
Terrence Howard: “Well, I believe if we’re gonna really tackle racism, if we’re gonna tackle bigotry, if we’re gonna tackle homophobia, we need to attack it dead on you don’t just sit up, you know let’s give a little Aspirin right here, no we need to take the sutures, open up the problem and reach in and grab it. And since n**** is used in almost every conversation in most black neighborhoods, why is it that we don’t hear it on TV anymore? Are white people afraid of it? Did they create the word? But if this is something that we use on a daily basis, then let’s address what it really means.”
Billy Bush: “In African American culture, is the culture more conservative would you say? You know, towards homophobia and more and you know races in the other way or anything like that.”
originally posted by: MALBOSIA
... does this word end in an "a" or an "er"?
When it ends in an "a" it is pretty much pop culture. It doesn't bother me any more than "cray cray"
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
a reply to: thesmokingman
I get why your disgusted, but we do have freedom of speech in this nation, and I dont agree with censorship. Where Im from, profanity isnt so profane. Words are just words, its the context that brings them to life. I do censor myself depending on what social environment I'm in, but between my friends and I, we cuss up a storm to express our selves.
I think people should just stop getting so offended all the time.
Sad, the word WAS actually a real word, in every dictionary meaning ignorant, not a racial slur.
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originally posted by: thesmokingman
What really gets me, is the free use of this word by blacks, but if they were to hear a white person say it, all hell will break loose. Sad, the word WAS actually a real word, in every dictionary meaning ignorant, not a racial slur.