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:
People are mad Wilmore flipped it after 8 years of whites in both parties calling Obama the n-word every way they could.— Brienne of Snarth (@femme_esq) May 2, 2016
Why Larry Wilmore let himself down & the President with his dumb N-word bomb. My column: https://t.co/nGUW0MqFXQ— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 2, 2016
Larry Wilmore was meh but he afflicted the comfortable as they spooned their parfaits. I don't think @potus minded the N-word. Neither did I— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) May 2, 2016
White folks weren't mad because Larry Wilmore said the N word. They were mad because we told them they couldn't say it. Denial of privilege.— April (@ReignOfApril) May 2, 2016
If you upset about Larry Wilmore calling the president the "N word" get a grip.At least he said it to his face unlike the rest of that room— Ricky Velez (@RickyVelez) May 1, 2016
I really didn't think Larry Wilmore was that funny and to end using the "N" word with the President was not cool in my opinion.— Alyssa Fox (@AFoxisblsd) May 1, 2016
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.