*Since the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain decided to compete for the GOP top spot, the political contest has been riddled with comments about race.

At Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, Gov. Rick Perry began to comment to his fellow candidate saying, “Herman, I love you brother…” In case the public didn’t hear it the first time, Perry did it again, saying “I’ll bump plans with you, brother…”

And of course the comments didn’t go unnoticed.

Straightway on Twitter, many weighed in, saying it was a racist notion.

“Rick Perry needs to stop calling Herman Cain ‘brother.’#GOPdebate #racist,” read one tweet. “How come Rick Perry was calling Herman Cain ‘brother’ tonight when he didn’t use that term with any other candidate?” another user tweeted. Comic Kathy Griffin tweeted about the moment: “Awkward. I’m waiting 4 Perry 2 say ‘jive turkey.'”

Others were just floored with the fact Perry called Cain “brother” altogether.

Interestingly, just before the debate began, Spike Lee tweeted:

“For me to say I’m not supporting my Morehouse Brother Herman Cain is not HATING.” The comment was widely retweeted.