The People v. O.J. Simpson's Shocking, Uncensored N-Word Scene Sparks Passionate Response on Twitter

03/08/2016 AT 11:30 PM EST

Tuesday's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story includes what may go down as one of the most shocking scenes on television this year.

First, O.J. Simpson defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) utters an uncensored N-word as he has drinks with his colleagues, including Johnny Cochran (Courtney Vance), laying out his plan for the next day.

In another uncensored scene near the end the episode, Lane's Bailey utters the N-word multiple times while cross examining Mark Fuhrman (Steven Pasquale), the police detective known for using racial epithets, repeatedly asking him if he's ever used the N-word – as the camera swoops dramatically.

On social media, the reaction to the startling scene was instant – with many people praising Lane's acting, and others simply expressing shock over what they had witnessed.




A few others joked about how out of character it was for Lane's nice guy, musical theater image, with one woman tweeting, "Pretty bummed there was no singing in that emotionally charged scene between Nathan Lane and Steven Pasquale."

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on FX.

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