Can you say...awkward?
Take away the very real issue of racism from this story...and it's hard not to laugh at how awkward it must have been to write:
Comedian's Show Halted In Doral Over N-Word
Eddie Griffin Cut Off Over Profanities, Racial Slurs
MIAMI -- A performance by standup comedian Eddie Griffin was stopped after he used the N-word repeatedly, a magazine's spokesman said Wednesday.
Griffin was performing at Black Enterprise magazine's Golf and Tennis Challenge in Doral on Friday when he was cut off after using profanities and the N-word, said Andrew Wadium, a spokesman for the publication
"We believe that ending the performance was the appropriate action," Wadium said.
About 1,000 people registered for the performance at the 14th annual event.
Griffin's publicist Jeff Abraham didn't immediately return an e-mail and a call seeking comment.
Use of the N-word has been a topic of discussion in the black community. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a mock funeral for the word at its July convention in Detroit.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended the meeting in Miami but not the performance, said the crowd gave an ovation to Earl Graves, the magazine's publisher, when he came on stage after Griffin was pulled, according to a statement on the Web site of Sharpton's National Action Network.
The statement said Sharpton "expressed gratitude that the nation's pre-eminent magazine for African-Americans stands behind the efforts of National Action Network in getting rid of the 'N' word."
Griffin has appeared in movies such as "Undercover Brother" and "Date Movie" and the television show "Malcolm & Eddie."
Somewhere, there is someone reading this wondering what word, exactly, they are talking about. Seriously - I HATE the word being referenced in this article, to the point that I won't reprint it here, even though that's exactly what I'm mocking. But isn't this just a little silly?
(Why does Eddie Griffin keep saying Nebraksa? Why does he keep saying Napkin?)