Only Louis CK could get away with saying the N word so many times onstage as a white performer. (Well, if South Park were stand up comedians, I'm guessing they would have no trouble either.) But my point is, it's a tricky and unbelievably delicate word to use. It's probably the most controversial word there is in the English language. And this Louis CK N word bit shows us exactly why Louis CK is one of the most important comedians in the world.
The most genius aspect of the Louis CK N word bit is that it's not controversial at all, and yet he's a white comedian who says the N word 25 times in less than three minutes. Because he's not saying the N word for the sake of saying the N word. He's pointing out our hypocrisy of using the "N word" as an acceptable replacement for the actual N word. When he sees an old lay on CNN say "the N word" he doesn't hear "the N word" he hears the word she's actually meaning. So if white people think they're getting away with something by saying a special code for the N word, he's calling them out on it in this classic Louis CK N word bit.
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