Biz Break: When Will White Folks Learn that There's Never an Appropriate Context to Drop an N Bomb?
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Biz Break: When Will White Folks Learn that There's Never an Appropriate Context to Drop an N Bomb?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 22, 2012 | Comments ()


Chevy Chase apologized over the weekend after he dropped an N-bomb, and though there is never any excuse for an old white dude to use that word, it was at least in frustration and the direction of his "Community" character, Pierce Hawthorne, who Chevy feels is being unfairly demonized as a bigot. Apparently, he said something along the lines of, "What's next? Is Pierce going to be saying "N*****?" Production was halted until Chase issued a formal apology.

In reboot news, according to Variety, Nicolas Cage is rebooting the Left Behind series, the Christian-themed movies about the End Times that originally starred Kirk Cameron. What in the entire f*ck is going on here, Cage? I know you're a loony basket face, but this? Left Behind? And they're putting $15 million into this b*tch? Has Cage had a recent conversion?

In sequels, despite a $30 million opening weekend that displayed signs of fatigue for the Paranormal Activity series, they've not only decided to green light a fifth movie for next Halloween (obvs.), but in the Spring of 2013, they're planning to role out a Paranormal Activity spin-off aimed at the Latino market to be directed by Christopher Landon, who wrote Disturbia. The spin-off would feature a Latino cast and parts of it would be in Spanish, reports Deadline.

Good news for Dish subscribers: You're finally getting AMC and The Walking Dead back, after Dish agreed to a legal settlement somewhere in the range of $700 million.

While Paul Lieberstein (Toby) is spearheading the Dwight Schrute spin-off of "The Office," while Mindy Kaling is leading her own anemically rated sitcom on Fox, and Mike Schur is developing a cop sitcom for Andy Samberg on Fox, another "The Office" team -- showrunner and creator, Greg Daniels, and Craig Robinson (Daryl) -- are also developing their own sitcom for NBC. According to Deadline, the show will be centered on "a talented musician (Robinson) with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms."

Dan gave a rave review last year to the documentary, The Other F Word, about aging rock stars transitioning into adulthood, and now Jason Segel is developing a feature film based on the doc. According to Deadline, Segel and Drew Pearce (writer of Iron Man 3) pitched a comedic remake that will star Segel.

Finally, according to The Playlist, a couple of network big wigs over on HBO are talking up the possibility of a third "Band of Brothers" mini-series. It's still very early in the stages of development and may never happen, but it'd obviously be welcome if it's half as good as the original mini-series.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • corey bones

    as a black man, i don't see the problem. if he was calling somebody that word and saying it out of hate it would be an issue, but since neither were the case it was ridiculous to shut down production for an apology

  • mslewis

    I think this story about Chevy Chase is incorrect. Production was not shut down because he used the n-word but because he refused to go on with the bad script. Also, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. It's making Chase look like a bigot when the opposite is the case. Chevy Chase was deeply involved in the civil rights movement back in the days when being involved was dangerous, both personally and career-wise. He's no bigot.
    Re:Nic Cage . . . it really makes me sad when people denigrate someone because they want to do a religious-theme movie. These movies have made money so there are people out there who want to see them. There is nothing wrong with that. And you don't have to pay to see them; you won't be missed.

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  • Milly

    The word we were looking for is nagger. Nagger.

  • Green Lantern

    Some of you may remember back in Chevy's "SNL" days there was that famous sketch with him and Richard Pryor where he used "the n-word" as the lynchpin of the skit.

    My, how times have changed.

    Please note I'm not trying to justify hateful speech, just emphasize that context is important.

  • MitchComestein

    What about when doing my cover of Juicy by Biggie? I pretty much have to say it then.

  • Pookie

    You are so right, I mean if you want to stay true to the artist and his philosophy you must include the n-word.

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  • dizzylucy

    Cage needs cash is the only explanation I have for that.

    All the backstage drama at Community makes me sad.

  • Pookie

    Chevy Chase didn't do anything wrong, if I were him I would not have apologize. But seeing as this country has been pussified, I just hope they don't try to ass-fuck the man out of a job.

  • John G.

    "pussified"? "ass-fuck"? Oh, Pookie, just confess your love for Dustin, and we'll all be better for it.

  • KaGe

    If Segel's remake of "The Other F Word" isn.k a kind of SLC Punk reunion, I will be very sad.

  • Schafer

    Holy crap that would be awesome!
    Now that you've put that idea in my head, I too will be sad if it doesn't happen this way.
    I'd even accept a Summer Phoenix cameo if it helped make the thing happen!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Now, I'm as cracker as they come, but If I'm spitting mad fire to the tumescent lyrics of one Mr. Dogg or The D.R.E. I simply refuse to have their euphoric poetry censored. Laaaaaaid baaack....

  • Puddin

    Do you do what I do, which is roll the windows up, turn the volume down, and whisper the lyrics?

  • Schafer

    Is this Michael Bolton, formerly of Initech?

  • lowercase_ryan

    Chevy broke the rule. There's only one time he can say it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Has Cage had a recent conversion?'
    Can the messiah only recently start believing in himself?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yes it makes a noise?

  • LokanaChana

    ...he apologized for that? I don't know. That's a bit much at this point, IMO.

  • What, exactly, was Chevy Chase apologising for? I honestly don't see the problem.

  • APOCooter

    So my comment is awaiting moderation. I'm assuming it's because I actually put the n-word in it. Fine, assholes, I'll censor myself:

    "White people should never say 'n-word'? That's bullshit. Context matters. He didn't call a black person that. I'm all for expressing empathy, and I understand the loaded history with the word 'n-word', but when people get their panties in a twist over the mere utterance of a word, regardless of context, that's a problem with that person, not the word itself."

  • Confused

    My comment never showed either, for the exact same reason (actually spelling out the entire "n-word," instead of resorting to one of these damn euphemisms).
    You said it much better.
    My comment was something along the lines of being incredulous that we've reached the point where we can't say (or write) the "n-word" even to point out that it's not okay to use the "n-bomb."
    Just like you said: context matters!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yeah, I'm not getting it. Should he not have said the word? Arguably, yeah. BUT. He said it in the context of being pissed off that his character's being increasingly and less and less sympathetically portrayed as a bigoted old man. There used to be a time when Pierce's bigoted-ness was, if not endearing, at least mainly for humor and not as a revolting core character trait. But that hasn't been the case in a long time, now it's just Shit My Dad Says, but with less interesting phrasing.

    So, you know, while I'm not okay with what he said, I'm more not okay with the idea of shutting down production to wait for a formal apology when he used the word apparently solely to highlight how fucked up Pierce has become as a character. It's about the closest thing to a valid rhetorical use of the thing I can think of from an old white dude.

    ETA: I still love Community, though, you guys, it's just Dan Harmon was clearly fucking with Chevy for at least a season and a half with this bullshit. Which dude probably deserved, but Pierce didn't.

  • Natallica

    I think they're outta get him. He's annoyed his bosses way too long and they're trying to fuck him up (for the most stupid of things) in return. Not that he's not kind of an asshat, anyway

  • Bedewcrock

    I agree. I think they're just trying to get him off the show. He is quite the asshole.

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