A resurfaced video clip of Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld in a 2011 HBO special Talking Funny has sparked outrage.
C.K. says: "When a black guy gets rich, it’s countdown to when he’s poor again."
Everyone laughs and Rock calls C.K. "the blackest white guy I f***ing know." He continues to say, "And all the negative things we think about black people, this f***er" before C.K. interrupts, "You’re saying I’m a n*****?"
C.K. wrote and directed Rock in 2001’s Pootie Tang. Rock responds to C.K.: "You are the n*****est f***ing white man I have ever met."
Seinfeld appears put off, then says C.K. shouldn’t use the word, and adds he would never use the word.
C.K. has been in the midst of a controversial comeback after he admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women without their consent. Social media has been blasting C.K. and the rest of the crew (minus Seinfeld) since the clip went viral over the weekend.
On Twitter, ESPN host-turned Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill wrote, "I know black folks who are completely comfortable with white people saying the n-word in their presence. Have had to tell a few white folks that I’m not that black person. Still it says something the only person who was uncomfortable was Seinfeld."