Oprah Winfrey Won’t Allow Friends to Use N-Word: ‘I Feel Strongly About It.’

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Don’t use the N-word around Oprah! She will banish you from the country. Okay maybe not, but she might disown you as a friend. In an article in Parade magazine, Oprah Winfrey explained why she hated hearing the N-word used around her in every day conversations. As a star in the upcoming movie “The Butler,” she also explained why she felt the need to school her own director, Lee Daniels on his word choice. Daniel said he used the N-word on a regular basis until the 59-year-old television host sat him down

and talked about its power.

In Parade magazine (which hits shelves Aug. 4th), she also acknowledged the fact those close to her, can not use the word:

You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.

She continued:

Do we live in a land where Martin Luther King’s dream has been ultimately fulfilled? No. Has part of the dream been fulfilled? Are more people judged by the content of their character than by the color of their skin? Yes. Is everybody judged by the content of their character? Absolutely not.

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Oprah may have a problem with certain words from the past, but that hasn’t stopped her political influence. The TV-mogul is endorsing Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker. The democratic representative is running for a spot in the United States Senate, and Oprah is spreading the word by holding a fundraiser for him. Oprah and the New Jersey mayor have been good friends for a while. Oprah even went so far as to dub him a “rock star mayor” on her show. Along with Oprah’s support, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million gift to Newark schools. Booker is now in the lead to replace the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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  • vapariga

    I won’t disown you as a friend but I agree with Oprah 100% otherwise. I ABSOLUTELY HATE that word. It’s degrading and holds nothing but negative connotation that will forever be linked to our blackness and black history. And I don’t agree that it’s acceptable to use even amongst our own people, in any form because you just can’t make it OK. Some say “well we don’t mean it in the same way” or “it’s different the way we say it”… B/S. We really need to lose it…period. ** I wonder if Oprah cut Paula Deen loose **

    • I’m still conflicted about the use of the word. I see both sides.

    • Miss AG

      I’m with Jas on this one. I totally get both sides.

  • jm

    N-word has no place in black society. It has no place in society.
    Collosians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

    Oh and by the way. People with black skin were treated horribly in this country for a long time. But there were never millions of black people hanging from trees. Although, it can seem like it because it was an intimidation tactic, the truth is, it was around 4-5k.

  • jm

    And of those, 1,200 were white…

  • ByronLinnell

    she must not have that conversation with Jay and Bey yet.

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