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What’s in a name? Kevin Hart has some thoughts on the topic.
During his appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show Tom Joyner Morning Show on June 19, the Think Like a Man Too star ended up in a spirited debate with CNN’s Don Lemon over whether the N-word and the Washington Redskins’ team name could be seen as being equally harmful.
“Well, I ain’t never called nobody no redskin,” Hart said when Lemon asked whether the NFL team’s name is becoming an offensive slur like the N-word. “I’ve never been mad like, ‘Get out of this restaurant, you redskin.’ ”
Hart said that the Redskins’ team name is “not the same” as the N-word because the team name is “celebrated” and is not used in an “insulting” way. “It’s not on the same bar,” Hart said, telling Lemon not to imply that the words might cause similar pain.
The topic of the football team’s name became a hot-button issue this week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceling the trademark that the team owned on the name.
While the NFL team has faced increasing criticism over the name — including from President Obama, who stated last October he would consider changing the name if he controlled the team— Dan Snyder, the owner of the franchise, has insisted that he won’t consider a change.
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