Lisa Lampanelli has thrown her hat in the ring to be the star of this week's biggest twitter melee, after posting a photo of herself with GIRLS creator Lena Dunham, saying, "Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!!"
Many of her followers were not impressed, responding with tweets ranging from incredulousness to anger to exasperation. @graceishuman replied, "I'm pretending this never happened. I'm tired of her trolling all of Twitter and the world. *runs away*", while user @mazzie said, "Yeah, no. You still don’t get to say that. I know your privilege tells you otherwise."
Laura Beck of Jezebel was equally unimpressed:
Her psuedo provocative act is tiring, and this is really, really not OK. No matter how many times she talks about how she slept with a black man, the n-word is still off-limits. Let me try to put this in terms she might understand — it's like how if you fuck a fourth-tier Kennedy, you don't just get to start showing up at Hyannis Port. It's something you're born into.
Lampanelli has made a name for herself as "the queen of mean", with numerous appearances on Comedy Central's Roast series, and racial jokes are a standard part of her act. In explaining the controversial elements of her comedy, Lampanelli said in a 2009 interview, "I can get away with it because I'm a nice person, I have a warm personality, my intention is good behind it. The thing is, people sense when you have the least bit of anger or hate towards a group –– that's why you never make fun of people you don't like."
Of course, Lampanelli's tweet not only refers to Dunham as "her nigga", but also as a "beyotch", not that anyone seems to mind the latter term. Makes one pause to wonder if Lampanelli is using social media to conduct a study in the perceived offensiveness of racist terms vs. sexist terms. Or maybe she's just trying to get everyone talking about Lisa Lampanelli.
Or maybe she just doesn't care.