Lisa Lampanelli, who has made her career as a Caucasian comedian who sometimes uses the N-word, is under scrutiny for using the racial epithet to refer to Lena Dunham in a tweet.
The women attended the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday and later posed for a photo together, which Lampanelli shared on Whosay and Twittwe with the caption, "Me with my n---a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls -- I love this beyotch!!"
The tweet received mixed reactions, with some finding offense and others not thinking much of it, but Lampanelli felt the need to defend her actions, according to E! News.
"Glad 2 have given u something other than Alec Baldwin to talk about on my day off! Loving & laughing at it all! Thanks, Twitterverse!" she tweeted Tuesday.
She then spoke to the Huffington Post, detailing that the context in which she used the word was not meant in malice.
"The N-word ending in 'er' is a far different context from the word ending in 'a.' Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary; it means 'friend,'" she told the Post. "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.'
"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. 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."
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.