What I Meant Was ...

Remarks that have drawn condemnation--or laughs

"Are there any niggers here? ... Seven niggers, six spics, five Micks, four kikes, three guineas and one Wop." LENNY BRUCE, as part of his routine in the '60s AFTERMATH: Bruce was considered avant-garde rather than hateful. OUTRAGE FACTOR: 3

"The black is a better athlete to begin with because he's been bred to be that way." JIMMY (THE GREEK) SNYDER, sports commentator, in a 1988 television interview AFTERMATH: Snyder, who was well liked, apologized but was later fired by CBS. OUTRAGE FACTOR: 7

"She gave me some of that monkey love she's so famous for." TED DANSON, in blackface, describing...

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