Sherri Shepherd Calls Out Barbara Walters for N Word Use on The View

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Talk about a very Hot Topic...

On yesterday's installment of The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg raised the issue of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry using a hunting camp whose named formerly had the N word in it. When Barbara Walters repeated the name of the camp (admitting it was "very hard" for her to even utter), Sherri Shepherd stepped in and objected:

"I didn't like the way you said it. I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body."

Is that because Walters is white? Shepherd couldn't explain her issue, simply saying there was a "different connotation" when Goldberg said it versus when Walters said it. Watch the exchange below and then vote in our poll.

This is a sensitive topic, but we're curious for your feedback: Should white people ever say the N word?

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My word I am of Polish dissent, I heard all the polish jokes but I didn't get my hackles up every time I heard one. Yes, people should be sensitve about what they say whether it be the color of one's skin, size of their body or their race, but making such an issue of things like Sherri did when Barbara was just trying to make a comment makes one wonder if they should even have a conversation w/black people.

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I never knew that Sherri Shepard thought of herself in regards to that term; What an idiot she is--know one should ever let themselves be associated with a name made up by a bunch of mean, hateful people. Sherri in the future you need to stick to making people laugh because you are not very intelligent to get angry for people using the N word. When Black people stop thinking of themselves in regards to that name, then they will be able to better themselves and most importantly love and accept themselves for who and what they really are; until then they will continue to wear that name as a badge and accept it as reality.

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Sherri needs to lighten up. Seems everything bothers her. She should get out in the real world and stop picking everything apart.

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GOD IS IT ANY WONDER I DONT WATCH T. V. I WAS BROUGHT UP A CATHOLIC IN BELFAST N, IRELAND .THE NAMES I HAVE BEEN CALLED ARE UNPRINTABLE . IF THAT IS ALL SHE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT,SHE HAS NO WORRIES AT ALL , I HAVE WORKED WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD . BUT THE BEST NAME I HAVE BEEN CALLED IS ,YOU PINK PEOPLE BY AN EAST INDIAN .AND I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY FUNNY .BUT I AM IRISH LIVING IN CANADA FOT 43 YEARS IN GODS COUNTRY ,SLAN

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I'm offended when ANYONE uses the n-word. What's disgusting is that I hear blacks using the word WAY more than whites. If the word is offensive to you, it should be offensive no matter the race of the person using it.

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I think that the use of the N word so blatantly by all people is unreal. As a black man, I still don't understand why even my people use it & don't feel anything about it is uplifting, empowering or positive. When you look to pop culture though, Black people are to blame for it being so socially acceptable. What was once a deragatory term is now used in the same manor as dude, bro, homes etc. ? I don't get it. Even the recent record "N----s in Paris" by Kanye West & Jay Z is the perfect example of the saddest double standard. By the way, the spoken parts of the song are Will Ferrell's voice from his film "Blades of Glory". Now how can you differentiate who can or cannot use this term when you have such a blending of ignorance? To say the least, the problem isn't so much the offense to others, it is what people who choose to use it think about themselves & what so many of our ancestors and predecessors fought so hard to change that they are just throwing to waste.

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I think it's time for Sherry to leave because she is loud, rude ad interrupts way too much...Then again so does Elizabeth.

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SO SHERI WAS HURT WHEN BARBARA SAID THE N WORD .GOD IF EVERY ONE TOOK OFFENCE AT THE THINGS THEY ARE CALLED ,WE WOULD ALL BE AFRAID TO SPEAK .WHAT IF SHERI HAD CALLED BARB A KIKE A YID OR JOY A WOP .AMERICA IS A SAD PLACE .I AM AN IRISH CATHOLIC AND HAVE BEEN CALLED A TAIG A POPE HEAD AND A LOT MORE I COULD NOT MENTION .SO BLACK LADY GROW UP ,AND LET THE WORLD GO ON IT'S WAY

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If people like sherri would quit being RACIST maybe racism would be a thing of the past. We have come so far, but as long as people black or white continue with that mentality, racism will never die! Especially people with these national formats to spew their hatred! Sherri needs to go!You didn't see Whoopi acting like that.

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I do not think it is right for some of you to say it is our slang word not yours. I mean say that to yourself does it really make sense to you? seriously since when are slang words not meant for anyone to use? I mean white people are not as easily offended if someone uses the term cracker lets say as black people are when someone of the white race uses the N word. A bit of double standards there you think. Kind of do as I say not as I do. I mean if it is ok for someone of the black race to use it in speech with another person of the black race then why is it not ok for a white person to use that same word. Seriously did you never hear the little rhyme that goes sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me? Seriously you are putting too much emphasis on a word. It is just a word and words cannot hurt you unless you allow it to hurt you. I think some of you should stop being so sensitive and then the N word would be just that a word much like any other word.