Larry Wilmore: Using the N-Word Was Fitting for President Obama’s Final Year in Office

Comedian Larry Wilmore speaks during the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016, at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Larry Wilmore has no regrets when it comes to using the n-word during last month’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. In an interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton that aired on MSNBC on Sunday, the comedian said that it was fitting for President Barack Obama’s last year in office.

Wilmore ended his speech with, “Yo, Barry, you did it, my n—ga,” and it caused a backlash.


“You know, in any other year, I certainly wouldn’t have done it,” Wilmore told Sharpton.

“There was something about summing up where we’ve gone that kind of spoke to me,” he said. “And it’s hard, when you’re talking about artistic choices, what you would have done differently. Some people … said, ‘You could’ve said, “My brother.”’ Sure, I could’ve said that.”

Many people, including Sharpton, thought the joke was offensive, but ironically, the president did not.

“This is his last year, and I didn’t want the last word, him … being called the n-word,” Sharpton said.


Take a look at the interview below.

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