Lisa Lampanelli Defends Lena Dunham as Her "Nigga"

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Lisa Lampanelli posed at this year's Writers Guild Awards with good friend Lena Dunham, posting a photo of the pair together on her WhoSay page.

No big deal, right? Just wait until you read the accompanying caption...

Lisa Lampanelli and Lena Dunham

"Me with my n---a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!" the comedian wrote, quickly receiving criticism from the online world for her use of the modified N-word.

But the self-proclaimed "Queen of Mean" refused to back down, at first Tweeting that she was "loving & laughing" at the controversy, before growing more serious in a chat with The Huffington Post.

And getting a lot more technical. Explained Lampanelli:

"The N-word ending in 'er' is far different context from the word ending in 'a.' Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means 'friend.' And by the way, if I had put the word ending in 'er,' that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. 'A' on the end means 'my friend.'"

She continued:

"I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people? I won't stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter. I have always used in my act every racial slur there is for Asians, blacks, gays and Hispanics. To me, it's acceptable if the joke is funny and if it is said in a context of no hate. It's about taking the hate out of the word."

What do YOU think? Should Lampanelli apologize?

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