Roger Ebert Decides to 'Shut the **** Up' After Racially Controversial Tweet

Roger Ebert - 61st Annual DGA Awards - 2009
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Film critic goes too far after wading into 'Huck Finn' language debate.

Roger Ebert has backed away from his controversial use of the N-word on Twitter after jumping into a literary language debate Wednesday.

The film critic responded to the controversy about censored words in the new edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by tweeting Wednesday, "I'd rather be called a N---- than a slave."

But following responses from Twitter followers, Ebert backed off on Thursday.

"I'll never be called a N----- *or* a Slave," he Tweeted. "So I should have shut the **** up."

Ebert is married to Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, who is African-American. She also serves as the vice president of the Ebert Company.