Trevor Noah believes rappers should release a separate version of their tracks without featuring the N-word. The comedian shared his views after Gina Rodriguez, star of TV show Jane the Virgin, was called out for singing along to Ready Or Not by The Fugees. And while explaining how he gets why people say the word, that doesn’t mean the star agrees they should use it.
Chatting to Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God on the radio show The Breakfast Club, he said: ‘In America, I understand there’s a fundamental confusion that happens in and around hip hop, and some people don’t understand the sensitivities that they need to have in and around words that they’re using.
It’s not like you can’t use the word – you can use it, but don’t be shocked when something happens to you.’
The TV host continued: ‘Some people need to say to themselves, “I grew up with hip hop. I may have identified with black culture. But I also understand that I’m not black or I have not lived the black experience.
There’s something that comes with that.” ‘Whereas black people, we go… “the one perk to the oppression is getting the N-word,” in a weird way.’ Asked about a solution, the 35-year-old added: ‘They should just make like another version, like a non-black people version that everyone can rap along to [where] they find an alternative word.’ Gina has recently apologised for saying the N-word and has since removed the video from her social media.
In song or in real life, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken. I grew up loving the Fugees and Lauryn Hill. I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song, and even worse, I posted it,’ the actress wrote in her apology letter. ‘The word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine. ‘What consequences I face for my actions, today none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.
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