Mike Lacey, executive editor of Village Voice Media (and my boss) posted an apology
about his controversial awards acceptance speech earlier this month in which he invoked the "N" word
. That it was used in reverence to a friend and colleague as part of otherwise gracious remarks didn't mitigate the fallout on Gawker and in other media.
My invoking the argot of Black artists achieved a level of insensitive stupidity almost galactic in scale. Whatever discussion lingers about the use of the words “bitch” or “ho” in hip-hop, comedy, film or literature, there is no question about the N-bomb coming out of the mouth of a 59 year old white man.
But watching Sean Hannity and a guest with an enormous ax to grind excoriating Lacey almost makes you want to defend the comment. Almost.