In the midst of the tributes and expressions of shock expressed online Sunday, several folks took note of a breaking newscast involving MSNBC anchor Alison Morris. While speaking on the loss of the NBA legend, Morris had a language slip. The term used is a bit unclear, but many online said she used the term “Los Angeles [n-word].”
“It seems like he was just the kind of athlete, the kind of star that was perfectly cast on the Los Angeles [inaudible], Los Angeles Lakers,” Morris said during a newscast.
Shortly after the afternoon newscast, competing points of views on what Morris said while stammering during the newscast hit social media. Morris quickly responded to the criticism and calls for her firing. She told her 11, 500 followers on Twitter that her unfortunate slip was the term “Nakers,” a combination of the teams Knicks and Lakers. She apologized, and she adamantly denied using the n-word, saying she would “NEVER use a racist term.”
Some validated Morris’ apology and agreed she did not use a racial slur.
Comedian Wanda Sykes spoke up Monday to defend Morris, stating she could see how the news anchor could’ve flubbed the term “Lakers.”
Another user blamed the cancel culture, the tendency for social media users to cast away celebrities for public mistakes, for the confusion Sunday.
By and large, Twitter users seemed to share the sentiment that Morris’ verbal slip led to her using the slur, even if inadvertently.
MSNBC has not released a statement on the matter.
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