Source: Tommy Christopher / Mediaite
Whoever said “Dying is easy, comedy is hard” probably should have also included live television in that adage, because even with a 5-second delay, a censor’s job can be rough. For example, on Monday morning’s NewsOne Now, host Roland Martin took calls from viewers weighing in on the three game suspension of college basketball star Marcus Smart, and the very first caller’s repeated use of the n-word was too quick for the bleep button, resulting in a panicky cut to a shot of the channel’s logo.
On Monday morning’s NewsOne Now, host Roland Martin‘s Question of the Day was “Should Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart be suspended for shoving a fan who allegedly called him the N-word?”
His first caller was Joyce from Poinciana, Florida, and she called it like she saw it, saying that Smart “should not be suspended,” and adding that “I had this experience twice in my career. In my twenties, I was training a young Anglo-Saxon girl, and she came in from break and said ‘I don’t want that n****r tr…”
At that split-second-too-late point, the censor blanked out part of Joyce’s call, but then she continued, “Just before I retired, in my fifties, I had another woman say ‘That nigger don’t…,” at which point her audio was cut again, and a quick cut to a station ID came up onscreen. When Joyce came back, still in progress, she added “and the manager, the first time, an administrator sat them down, the first time, the girl got fired, the later one got reprimanded.”
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