The host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show has received mixed reviews for his closing cry – “Yo Barry, you did it my n—a” – with Rev. Al Sharpton calling Wilmore’s use of the word “at best in poor taste” and Saturday Night Live‘s Sasheer Zamata tweeting, “This is the blackest correspondents dinner ever and I LOVE it.”
Two days later, the Twitterverse is still buzzing about the jaw-dropping moment. Here’s how some on social media are reacting:
The president himself made headlines for using the N-word in a podcast interview with Marc Maron in 2015.
While discussing race relations in America, Obama said, “Racism: we’re not cured of it. It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n—-r in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”
For his part, the president did not seem offended by Wilmore’s use of the word. He responded by giving the comedian a hug.