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Griffin Stand Up Act Cut Short


Comedian Gets the Hook for Using N-Word
6 hours ago

MIAMI (AP) â¿¿ A standup routine by black comedian Eddie Griffin was stopped after he repeatedly used the N-word, a magazine's spokesman said Wednesday.

Griffin, who has appeared in movies such as "Undercover Brother" and "Date Movie" and the TV show "Malcolm & Eddie," was performing at a Black Enterprise magazine event in the Miami suburb of Doral on Friday when he was cut off after using profanities and the N-word, said Andrew Wadium, a spokesman for the publication.

"We believe that ending the performance was the appropriate action," Wadium said.

About 1,000 people registered for the performance.

Griffin's publicist, Jeff Abraham, didn't immediately return an e-mail and a call seeking comment.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended a meeting held by the magazine in Miami but not the performance, said the crowd gave an ovation to Earl Graves, the magazine's publisher, when he came on stage after the 39-year-old Griffin was pulled, according to a statement on the Web site of Sharpton's National Action Network.

The statement said Sharpton "expressed gratitude that the nation's pre-eminent magazine for African-Americans stands behind the efforts of National Action Network in getting rid of the N-word."

Public discussion on the word's use increased last year following a tirade by "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards, who used it repeatedly during a Los Angeles comedy routine and later issued a public apology.

The issue about racially insensitive remarks heated up earlier this year after talk show host Don Imus described black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on April 4.

At its July convention in Detroit, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a mock funeral for the word.

Black leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Sharpton, have challenged the entertainment industry and the American public to stop using the N-word and other racial slurs.


You have to know your audience. The true meause of a comedians talent is if they can mix up their routine to suit different audiences.

There are some comedians who are very funny without taking it into the gutter.


I don't think the story is untrue, but include a link.


Here is the link



You'd think that the promoters and the performer would have discussed this, before the show. It's like hiring Lenny Bruce and then cutting his mike off for swearing.

I personally agree with the efforts to curb the use of the N word. I see 8 year olds using the word all the time, totally cluelessly. It's definitely over-used.

I also think Eddie Griffin is hilarious.


There is another thread going where the point was made that this could have been a setup.


I'm glad they pulled him! Not for the political-socio reasons of "race" but because EDDIE GRIFFIN HAS NOT EVER BEEN FUNNY!! EVER! He's like Cedric the Entertainer: Gone wayyyyy too far on zero talent.


what thread is that? ahh..nevermind.