From the mind of Witch Hazel | Posted in Brew Quotes, What's your call?, Zach Galifianakis | Posted on 05-23-2011
The highly anticipated sequel to The Hangover drops May 26th, but not without some controversy. Zach Galifianakis is under fire for his character’s use of the n-word in The Hangover Part II. Galifianakis is defending the use of the term, saying it fits in with the idiocy of the character (“Alan”) that he plays.
“For someone to say that word so cluelessly, it’s funny because it comes out of a place of ignorance. And Alan doesn’t know any better; he’s just an idiot. Anyone who would say that so loosely is an idiot. That word can be very inflammatory but Alan is such a dimwit, it’s not excusable at all but you’re making fun of people that would say that word.”
Director Todd Phillips added “Alan’s” use off the word only adds to the off-the-hook element of the film and the character: “For me it’s really an illustration of how left-footed Alan is with the world. It’s just what you do as writers, as a director, and as an actor. You exhibit these qualities and have certain tools with which to work. I think that moment there just highlights how out of step and out of rhythm he is.”
Does use of the n-word bother you in all situations or are there occasions when it’s acceptable? Will you still go see the film? What’s your call?