Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has been caught on tape using the N-word in a conversation with his son whose girlfriend is black. The tape was leaked to The National Enquirer and has caused considerable backlash. A&E which airs Dog’s show has suspended production pending an investigation despite the fact it’s their highest rated show. Here’s an excerpt of the conversation, as reported by E! Online:
“I’m not taking a chance…not because she’s black but because we use the word n—er sometimes here. I’m not going to take any chance ever in life of losing everything I’ve worked for 30 years because some drunken n—er heard us say n—er and turned us into the Enquirer magazine…I’m not taking that chance at all never in life. Never…”
Dog apologized for his comments yesterday and asked to meet with the Reverend Al Sharpton who replied with a letter this morning. The reverend said he would meet with Dog, but would not “sanitize that kind of hate language.” In his letter he also offered Dog an opportunity to prove he’s sorry, according to TMZ:
If you are sincere that this does not reflect you, you should not only meet with us, but you should march with us on November 16th and call on the government of the United States to protect people, that unlike you don’t have publicist, don’t have lawyers, and don’t have any protection. They used to have the protection of the United States government.
I never thought a guy who dresses like a blonde Native American mixed with a lesbian biker could be a closet racist. But they got him on tape. It’s a shame really. Dog could’ve taught us so much. Maybe not about life and certainly not tolerance. But about how to give Criss Angel a run for his money in looking like a douchebag. C’mon, can’t you just tell me if there’s a shop somewhere? Or do you just watch old Whitesnake videos and then, I dunno, try to look more gay?