23 May 2011
Zack Galifianakis’ character Alan drops the racial epithet in the film, and fiercely defended it’s use – as did director Todd Phillips and co-screenwriter Craig Mazin – saying it underscores just how much of “an idiot” his character really is.
“For someone to say that word so cluelessly, it’s funny because it comes out of a place of ignorance,” Galifianakis explained. “And Alan doesn’t know any better; he’s just an idiot. Anyone who would say that so loosely is an idiot. That word can be very inflammatory but Alan is such a dimwit, it’s not excusable at all but you’re making fun of people that would say that word.”
Phillips chimed in: “For me it’s really an illustration of how left-footed Alan is with the world. It’s just what you do as writers, as a director, and as an actor. You exhibit these qualities and have certain tools with which to work. I think that moment there just highlights how out of step and out of rhythm he is.”
Mazin clarified the thought that went into it using such a controversial word: “You don’t casually type that one into a script.”
“The Hangover Part II,” this time set in Bankok, arrives in theaters May 26.
The N-word and “humor” are wrapped together-being used in a “humorous” way again, or to indicate someone highly ignorant or out of step with contemporary mores? For real?
I have never used the word, and personally I find it offensive, but that's my opinion. I know that some black people find it okay. My mom uses that word about black people that she doesn't like. My nephew says 'nigga as a term of endearment for his closest friends. In my presence and his mom's, he refers to his friends as his friends. People who know me- they know not to even think the word ( except my mom- I'm not going to tell her what or what not to say) A white friend of over 10 yrs once, while in a drunken stupor, called me the N word- I forgave him but I ended the friendship immediately and permanently.
What is your opinion of the word?