*The debate over the use of the word “nigger” has resurfaced on the public radar as Cuba Gooding Jr. voices his support for the racial slur to be uttered on the small screen.
“Absolutely I think it’s important,” the Oscar winner said. “Our job as artists is to reflect the ills of society sometimes and to find a truth in that, and I think you can’t start the healing process until you recognize the truth and all of its ugly warts and all.”
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Gooding’s comments on the N-word come after the term was used Tuesday during the sixth episode of FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
In the episode, a scene from Simpson’s actual murder trial was reenacted to show a courtroom cross-examination between Simpson’s former defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey (played by Nathan Lane) and former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman (played by Steven Pasquale).
The Post notes that Bailey uses the N-word six times in reference to Simpson in the scene and throughout the taped exchange between Bailey and Fuhrman, who was questioned by the attorney on
whether or not he has used the term at any time during the previous decade.
Despite Gooding’s support of using the N-word on television, mixed reactions to the controversial word on the miniseries quickly took hold on on social media Tuesday night.
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Nevertheless, Gooding is not alone.
“Empire” star Terrence Howard brought up the issue last year when voicing his feelings about censorship of the N-word on the hit Fox show.
“Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world,” Howard previously told Entertainment Weekly. “Why is there a thing called censorship that stops people from hearing everyday talk? We use ‘nigga’ every day. It’s become part of a conversation — why aren’t we using it in the show?”