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Lena Dunham Doesn’t Like that Lisa Lampanelli Used the ‘N-Word.’ Lisa Lampanelli Doesn’t Get It.

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Lisa Lampanelli is almost as edgy as Miley Cyrus, so she’s not backing down from using the n-word to describe her pal, Lena Dunham, who’s dealing with racial issues of her own — like apparently never seeing a black person in Brooklyn.

However, to Dunham’s credit, she’s finally spoken out about Lampanelli’s desperate attempt at relevance, and her eloquence, if late, was a little refreshing and better written than any of the hipster tripe she spits on her show.

When a writer called Dunham out for essentially pleading the Fifth following Lampanelli’s calling her “n—-” publicly on Twitter, Dunham finally responded.

For her part, Lampanelli remains ignorant, idiotic and dense.

“I have not been online since Sunday night; I needed a little break after the writer awards. And I’m like, oh there is controversy, perfect,” Lampanelli told The Huffington Post. “I was at the Writers Guild Awards and Lena Dunham saw me and said, ‘I saw you when I was 15.’ She was so sweet and I swear to you, I’m the biggest fan of ‘Girls’ in the world, and I just tweeted out our picture. And that’s controversial; enjoy, people.”

Lampanelli is clearly missing the point, the point being that it’s tacky at best and discriminatory at worst for a person in a place of white privilege to use the n-word so freely. No one cared about the photo, which could be construed as offensive in itself depending on how shallow you are, but not for any socioeconomic reason.

Lampanelli tried to explain: “The N-word ending in ‘er’ is far different context from the word ending in ‘a.’ Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means ‘friend,’” she insisted. “And by the way, if I had put the word ending in ‘er,’ that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. ‘A’ on the end means ‘my friend.’”

Of course, simply saying “my friend” wouldn’t garner her attention or court controversy, so she wouldn’t do that.

“I’ve played every comedy club and every theater across the country for the last 25 years and seen a lot of audience members from different ethnic persuasions,” Lampanelli added, under the false impression that it matters.

“I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people? I won’t stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter,” she said, clearly attempting to be a rebel without a cause (other than publicity).

“I have always used in my act every racial slur there is for Asians, blacks, gays, and Hispanics. To me, it’s acceptable if the joke is funny and if it is said in a context of no hate. It’s about taking the hate out of the word.”

Fair enough, but there simply was nothing funny about calling Dunham her “n—-.” Maybe Lampanelli should hire her onstage joke writers to take over her Twitter account, too.

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