Twitter Debate Rages on After Larry Wilmore Drops the N-Word to President Obama at WHCD

Larry Wilmore Says N-Word to Obama at WHCD, Twitter Reacts
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05/02/2016 AT 12:10 PM EDT

Larry Wilmore had a mic-drop moment of his own when he said the N-word to President Obama the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night.

The host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show has received mixed reviews for his closing cry – "Yo Barry, you did it my n---a" – with Rev. Al Sharpton calling Wilmore's use of the word "at best in poor taste" and Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata tweeting, "This is the blackest correspondents dinner ever and I LOVE it."

Two days later, the Twitterverse is still buzzing about the jaw-dropping moment. Here's how some on social media are reacting:

















The president himself made headlines for using the N-word in a podcast interview with Marc Maron in 2015.



While discussing race relations in America, Obama said, "Racism: we're not cured of it. It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----r in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination."

For his part, the president did not seem offended by Wilmore's use of the word. He responded by giving the comedian a hug.
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