Chris Rock, Louis C.K. spark outrage for using N-word: Kathy Griffin weighs in

A 2011 clip of Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais throwing around the N-word sparked outrage across social media after it resurfaced on Saturday, December 22, with people including comedian Kathy Griffin chiming in.

In the footage from the HBO special Talking Funny, the Saturday Night Live alum, 53, told the Louis star, 51, that he’s the “blackest white guy I f—king know,” prompting Louis C.K. to respond, “You’re saying I’m a n–ga?”

“Yes, you are the n–gerest f—king white man,” Rock replied, eliciting laughs from everyone except Jerry Seinfeld, 64, who said he wouldn’t use the N-word “anywhere.”

Gervais, 57, then used the expletive to point out that Rock and Louis C.K. use the word on stage, while he and the sitcom veteran don’t.

“You and me say n—ga in private,” Louis C.K. told the British comedian. “These two guys don’t.”

“I’ve given it up, just because it’s played,” Rock added.

Seinfeld agreed when Louis C.K. suggested that he had probably never used the racial slur.

“That’s a huge difference between you and me,” Louis C.K. continued.

“Well, you’ve found the humor of it,” Seinfeld said, visibly cringing at the turn the conversation had taken. “I haven’t found it, nor do I seek it.”

A clip of the exchange went viral, with Rock briefly trending on Twitter.

“What was Chris Rock thinking?” one commenter asked.

“I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence,” journalist Jemele Hill tweeted. “Have had to tell a few white folks I’m not that black person. Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld.”

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (R) and actor Dick Cavatt attend the Hamptons Concours d'Elegence auto show June 8, 2003 in Bridgehampton, New York. The fourth annual Concours d'Elegance presented by Road and Track magazine, features coachbuilt classic cars and sports cars. The event features a luncheon and fashion show to benefit South Fork Breast Health Coalition.

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“Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact he used the n-word,” she added. “And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t s—t. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke.”

Kathy Griffin replied to Hill’s tweet, writing, “Jemele has done a great job handling the racial component. Thank you. As an established professional, female comic, I can’t help but pick up on the bros before hoes aspect of this clip. Gervais & Louis doubled over in laughter at n word??? If these were female comics, well…”

Others compared the controversy to the outcry over Kevin Hart‘s resurfaced homophobic tweets that saw him withdraw as the host of the 2019 Oscars earlier this month.

“It is quite interesting to see how differently this Chris Rock situation is being perceived vs the Kevin hart situation,” one person commented, while another tweeted, “The same energy y’all had for the LGBTQ community about the Kevin Hart tweets being old , needs to be the same energy y’all have for that Chris Rock clip.”

None of the comedians in the clip have publicly addressed the fallout, but on Sunday, December 23, Gervais tweeted a photo of himself holding a glass of wine along with the caption, “Have a laugh. You’ll be dead soon. Merry Xmas.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Chris Rock speaks at the 2016 MLK Now at Riverside Church on January 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Publicity still portrait of American comedian and actor Chris Rock, 1985. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of actor and comedian Chris Rock, wearing a large gold ring across the fingers of his left hand that spell 'Gusto' and a large gold dollar sign as a necklace, while in costume for his movie CB4, Los Angeles, CA, 1993. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Publicity still portrait of American actor and comedian Chris Rock in the rap music spoof 'CB4' (Universal Pictures), 1993. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)
MET LIFE PRESENTS THE APOLLO THEATRE HALL OF FAME -- Pictured: Chris Rock -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Publicity still portrait of American comedian and actor Chris Rock from the comedy television show 'The Chris Rock Show' (HBO), 1997. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK Ã OCTOBER 1997: American comedian and actor Chris Rock poses for a portrait in front of a fun house mirror in October 1997 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
369098 03: Actor And Comedian Chris Rock And Film Director Spike Lee Watch The Action During The New York Knicks Vs. Miami Heat Playoff Basketball Game May 9, 2000 In Miami, Fl. (Photo By Marc Serota/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: Actor-comedian Chris Rock at the Essex House Hotel. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, United States: Oscar host Chris Rock (L) and actor Adam Sandler present the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay during the 77th Academy Awards show 27 February, 2005, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 23: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Chris Rock makes an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live to promote the 'The Longest Yard' on May 23, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Chris Rock accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Theatrical Film at the 2005 BET Comedy Icon Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 25, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Chris Rock and daughter arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Stand-up comedian and actor Chris Rock speaks at the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 11 February 2007. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Chris Rock appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on March 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 16: Actor/comedian Chris Rock performs during The Comedy Festival at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace November 16, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor/comedian Chris Rock attends Variety's 15 Minutes of Fame on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor/producer Chris Rock, winner Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Everybody Hates Chris,' onstage during the 41st NAACP Image awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP)
BERLIN - JULY 30: Actor Chris Rock attends the Beach BBQ for the German Premiere of 'Kindskoepfe' (Grown Ups) at O2 World on July 30, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors David Spade and Chris Rock arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
US actor Chris Rock takes part in the TV show 'Le Grand Journal' on the set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 17, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)
TODAY -- Pictured: Actor/comedian Chris Rock appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Actor/Comedian Chris Rock attends a game between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2014 in New York City. The Warriors defeated the Knicks 126-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0074 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Chris Rock during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Actor Chris Rock attends the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for PSIFF)
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