Louis CK and Ricky Gervais have been criticised for openly using the N-word during an HBO special with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.
The comedians took part in a Talking Funny roundtable conversation, which was released in April of 2011, and the video has resurfaced on social media, specifically a segment where the racial slur is addressed.
Chris Rock describes CK as “the blackest white guy I f**king know. In all the negative things we think about black people, this f**ker…”
CK then says: “You’re saying I’m a n****r?”
That response gets a massive laugh from Ricky Gervais and Chris Rock before CK then says “we say n****r onstage”, referring to his and Rock’s stand-up.
Gervais then says the N-word when saying that he and Jerry Seinfeld don’t say the N-Word.
Seinfeld says to CK, after confirming he doesn’t say the word: “you’ve found the humour in it, I haven’t found it, nor do I seek it.”
Many people on social media have reacted to the interaction with criticism for both Louis CK and Ricky Gervais.
That Louis Ck/Ricky Gervais/Chris Rock clip is GROSS. Jerry Seinfeld is the only one in the room with some sense???!
— Brooke Thomas (@BrookeOnAir) December 22, 2018
once Ricky Gervais said it I came close to punching my phone so I stopped there
— wikipedia brown told Santa the truth about you (@eveewing) December 23, 2018
I really need to know why Ricky Gervais felt the need to say the word ‘Nigger’ whilst on camera explaining to his peers that he doesn’t say it? pic.twitter.com/LCNeujY0b6
— London Hughes (@TheLondonHughes) December 23, 2018
Ricky Gervais could not look any happier to say the N-word once Louis CK said it in front of Chris Rock and that is troubling. https://t.co/yM4fdvyVSR
— Hanna 'Noble Warrior Hero' Flint (@HannaFlint) December 22, 2018
Note how proud Ricky Gervais was of the fact he used the n-word. And Louis CK basically said he’s one because black folks ain’t shit. Chris Rock is getting crucified, but those other two deserve massive smoke.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 23, 2018
Chris Rock also came under fire for seemingly condoning their use of the word.
Chris Rock is a fucking mess.
— Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) December 23, 2018
— Onyx Paradigm⚡️👊🏿💪🏿⚡️ (@C_Rich75) December 23, 2018
Guys, I love him too. He’s dope and amazing, but we aren’t being consistent if we don’t tap Chris Rock’s chin a little here.
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) December 23, 2018
Though a lot of people had time for Jerry Seinfeld.
When you’re watching something disappointing, then for the first time in your whole life, find yourself wanting to give props to Jerry Seinfeld. pic.twitter.com/jHkLYc4Qat
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 23, 2018
Idk how old that Chris Rock/CK clip is but I love that once those n words started flying Seinfeld pretty much became this gif of himself pic.twitter.com/24rr5X2kUi
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) December 22, 2018
Seinfeld really had to TELL Chris rock that Louis ck shouldn’t use the N word… pic.twitter.com/FEtnCnKTyR
— 6’1 But I Dont Hoop (@ronfor3) December 22, 2018
Whew. I hadn’t picked Jerry Seinfeld as the one coming through with good racial politics but here we are!
— roxane gay (@rgay) December 22, 2018
None of the comedians involved in the video have responded to the backlash.
Louis CK has been keeping a low profile ever since he was publicly outed by the New York Times who published the accounts of five women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
The disgraced comedian owned up to the allegations and apologised but less than a year later he was already back on the comedy circuit.
Just like when he masturbated in front of these women, CK did not ask for the audiences’ consent to perform comedy in front of them over the last few months.