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DEC
26
3 YEARS

VIDEO: YouTube Clip of N-Word-Laced 'Alf' Outtakes Ignites Controversy

1980s blooper reel showing character mocking Tourette's Syndrome finds new life online.

A classic '80s TV character is getting a second shot at fame -- or actually, infamy -- thanks to a blooper reel posted on YouTube that features the puppet star of Alf using the N-word repeatedly. 

The clip of outtakes was posted online a year ago without much notice, but controversy was recently ignited when it went viral after being featured on the kitsch website BadTVBlog on Dec. 21.

The video includes excerpts from show rehearsals in which the alien character (a hand-puppet operated by series creator Paul Fusco) is seen parodying a then-recent 1989 episode of L.A. Law that included a character with Tourette's Syndrome uttering the N-word. The puppet can also be heard cursing and using sexual innuendo during scenes with a female co-star. The Tourette's segment begins at the 4:40 mark in the video below. Warning: graphic language.