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34 comments to “Roger Ebert Gets In Trouble Over Huck Finn Tweet”



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    Should have left the book as it was and understand that it was literature of that time.



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    I can't really figure out what he was trying to get across with that.



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    Holy crap, he looks like hell. Isn't he married to a black woman? Bet he isn't getting laid.



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    They should just leave it alone. It's a part of American history, bad as it is. It happened, and people need to remember what America was like in the past. You can't sweep everything under the rug.



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    He was completely out of line for making that response. You know what, my goal this year was to lose weight (like every year). But I'd rather be fat than to ever look like him….disgusting!



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    Re: dblondinj – he had throat cancer you dumbass!



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    Ebert is correct. WHY CHANGE AMERICAN LITERTURE!??? nobody is around changing shakespear, why change twain? just don't use the book for highschool, but let it be red in it's exact context. if anyone READ the book they would realize Huck figures out that he sholdn't be calling this man an N as he turns out being the father he never had. will there ever be a better/poinent point in life when little tiny white boy fells that the N is his father figure. NOBODY is mean to be named an N, it's a growing up lesson. he's calls the other guy an injun! get over it! it's american history. Go ebert. i would rather not be a slave either! leave it as it is



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    that book was a classic and timeless piece of literature now it's just a piece of junk.

    a word to the wise… words only have power if you give them that power.



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    what happened to his face?



  10. 10

    Good for Ebert.

    So now, perez, who is apparently going to stop using derogatory words, how long before you use the word 'bitch' in conversation or your blog?
    Mmhmm, that's what I thought.



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    Well look at you! All high and mighty, talking about how hurtful words can be! Being kind of a hypocrite, arncha? Oh, yeah, I forgot–you've seen the light and you've changed. OK. And to all you dumbasses out there talking about Roger Ebert's looks, the man had his jaw removed because of cancer. Grow up, it could happen to you.



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    NIg's and Gays are so sensitive.



  13. 13

    amazing that one word can mean and do all that. i wish the fucking word had never been invented. i am SO TIRED of hearing about it. GEEZ.



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    Re: perezsuccs – you're an asshole



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    It's bullshit that they are changing the book. They should have left it the way it was. I'm so sick of everybody being to fucking sensitive everybody either losing their jobs or having to issue public apolgys for speaking their own mind. This PC bullshit is ruining this country.



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    Re: Mydoona – IT IS CALLED THROAT CANCER.



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    I hate and do not use this word. But this is article is just hypocritical, when half the population stops using the N word the other half might too. Until then, the argument is a waste of time. The English language is for everybody. If you don't like the word being used by white people then stop using it yourself. It isn't that hard to understand is it?



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    I'm willing to bet that most of the people bitching about his comment are also ones that never have or ever will be called either of those terms. Kind of ironic.

    It was a pretty stupid comment though, but he was just making a point. Huckleberry Finn is a classic, partly because of how unfiltered and controversial it is. Changing it like that is rather drastic and serves no purpose except to please a handful of PC nuts that don't realize what offensive means.



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    I'm black and I TOTALLY AGREE WITH ROGER!

    And I understood what he said… if you are going to edit a classic, you are going to call him Slave Jim? Because being a slave is so much better. To have an entire RACE of people enslaved for CENTURIES to build wealth and and power of white people.
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    You can call me N****er, but to be a slave is even worse. It means, you have control over my life and I have none.
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    Censoring Huck Finn is an act of coward and hypocrisy from whites AGAIN trying to pretend they are hateful, even today.



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    aRe: aharris30 – you're an asshole, he's a cancer survivor dumb ass. His point is provocative but smart, sorry some of you idiots don't understand his meaning. That using "slave" to generalize all black people was more ignorant than the n word. You people are pathetic.



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    N word is accurate for the time. They should have just left it alone.



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    I guess it's OK to make fun of people with cancer though? Wow, that's splitting hairs!



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    My husband and I shook our heads over this. It is an American classic and well written. I actually have a copy of PC bedtime stories and what a crock of *&_%. Let's leave the classics alone and people get out of their glass houses and become real. It is called LIFE.



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    "but some words have the power to do a lot of damage to a lot of people."

    No, "words" only effect weak minded idiotic, moronic, stupid pansy ass uptight cry babies.



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    Perez or whoever writes this, your fakeness is pretty obvious. You are still a bully no matter how much you want to distance yourself from that on your blog. Everytime you wag your finger at everyone who misspeaks as if you are not the king of inappropriate and uncalled for comments just shines a bigger light on you of what a hypocrite you are. You say "steer clear of all deragotory phrases…some words have the power to do a lot of damage to a lot of people". Are you kidding? You need to show some humility before I ever believe you understand how you've hurt people with your words.



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    Don't capitulate to the racists by giving them their own language. Like the word gay once meant happy and full of joy it now mainly refers to sexuality and thats good because language evolves, isn't fixed and belongs to nobody or no group. In the future if the N word is accepted as street slang often used between friends then you can defeat racists by taking their weapons away and highlighting how ignorant people with those views really are.



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    well my coment was removed before it showed up so i know they will try to show me as a racist or against gays.

    because their scared of my real comment



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    ok whatever.. but what context was this?

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?



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    So blacks are aloud to say ni–gger but not me? Yeah right.. I don't think so! If you don't want me to say it don't say it yourself! And if any of you blacks have a problem with that you are a damn ni–gger!



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    Team Ebert. The fact they're updating classics is the only fucked up thing about this whole situation.



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    Freedom of speech means you can say something even terribly offensive to almost everyone. If we allow corporations to ruin careers every time people working for them offend, we will have lost our right to free speech. Free speech means saying something YOU don't like. It means others can safely say something that OFFENDS you and keep their job without fear. Loosen up people. Let others speak - even when what they say is dumb. Lets' say everyone can say 10 separate dumb things before their career is ruined.



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    i fuckin hate liberal cock sucking pc mother fuckers! Huck fin is classic tale! Not racist at all! thats how people talked back then! This is why i cant fuckin stand black people sometimes because they bitch BITCH bitch about everything that isnt pc! GET OVER IT! educate yourself and stop being so ignorant then maybe u can understand something like mark twain. black people are the first to bitch about someone not being pc but they will never help out other races! and why are rappers m and black comedians okay to be racist and offensive? SO MANY ETHNICITIES HAVE BEEN/ARE BEING PERSUCETED!!!! STOP MAKING IT ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE PAST! not all black people act like this, Im not generalizing! But the majority do!



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    honestly i dont understand what he was getting at with the first tweet to begin with



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    I was walking down the street the day after the edit was announced and these African American guys were calling each other the N word and I said 'hey guys you know that might offend some people, can't you call each other slaves' and apparently that did NOT seem like a good idea to them. It's almost like this edit may not eradicate racism after all.