Oscars 2015: News Anchor Apologizes for Racial Slur About Lady Gaga
Kristi Capel opted for a surprising word choice during a Cleveland-based Fox newscast.
Lady Gaga performed a medley from The Sound Of Music at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony, wowing the audience and the film's original star, Julie Andrews.
Beauty queen turned news anchor Kristi Capel also was impressed by the performance, though she had a strange way of expressing her feelings. "It's hard to really hear [Gaga's] voice with all the jigaboo music that she does, or whatever you want to call it," Capel said. "She has a gorgeous voice — I never knew!"
In case you're not a racist from 1901, "jigaboo" is an antiquated racial slur for African American.
Capel has since tweeted apologies, claiming she (1) didn't know the meaning of the word and (2) didn't know it was a word. Why one would use a word they didn't know was a word is a question for the ages.
I deeply regret my insensitive comment. I didn't know the meaning and would never intentionally use hurtful language. I sincerely apologize— Kristi Capel (@Kristi_Capel) February 23, 2015
This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.