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Clip shows Chris Rock laughing as white comedians use n-word

SLAMMED: Chris Rock has been called out for laughing as white comedians used the n-word and joked about it

FOOTAGE OF Ricky Gervais and Louis CK using the n-word has sparked outrage online after it reemerged online.

The clip is part of a HBO special called Talking Funny, which originally aired in 2011. It features the two white comedians and Chris Rock all using the racist expletive and laughing about it. Jerry Seinfeld is also present, but he does not use the word and repeatedly seeks to create distance between himself and those that do.

During the exchange, Rock says CK is the “blackest white guy” he knows.

Referring to CK, Rock begins to say that CK embodies “all the negative things we think about black people”. He is then interrupted by CK who says: “Are you saying I’m a n*****?

To which Rock responds: “Yes, you are the n*****est f****** white man.”

CK and Gervais erupt into laughter and Gervais can be heard saying “amazing” as he reacts to the exchange.

Seinfeld comments: “I wouldn’t use it anywhere.”

Gervais then says the n-word despite initially attempting to align himself with Seinfeld as someone who would not use the derogatory word.

Addressing CK, Seinfeld says: “Well, you’ve found the humour of it. I haven’t found it nor do I seek it.”

Since the clip resurfaced on social media yesterday, people have been making their thoughts on the white comedians using it and Rock enabling them to.

Jemele Hill, a writer at The Atlantic, said: “I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence. Have had to tell a few white folks that I’m not that black person. Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld.”

She added: “Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact he used the n-word. And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t s***. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke.”

American comedian Kathy Griffin said: “Jemele has done a great job handling the racial component. Thank you. As an established professional, female comic, I can’t help but pick up on the bros before hoes aspect of this clip. Gervais and Louis doubled over in laughter at n word??? If these were female comics, well…Also, when you are the only female comedian in a lineup like this, even a lineup of giants, these are the conversations that have happened next to me for decades.”

None of the comedians featured in the footage have responded to the recent backlash as of yet.

While Seinfeld was praised by many, some also criticised him for not doing more to express his disagreement with the

Ericka Hart tweeted: “Jerry Seinfeld is no voice of reason nor is any white person that didn’t walk off when that interaction was happening or ensure that Louis CK or the other white dude never worked a day in their life again. And most black celebrities do not care about black people.”

It's not the first time that CK has been at the centre of controversy.

Last year he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

He released a statement in response to the allegations in which he said: "These stories are true."

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