Comedy: CNN's Original N Word Apology Comes Back To Haunt Them

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October 5, 2015

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In 2010 CNN covered a story of a 103-year-old African American woman who still drives while listening and bobbing her head to hip hop music. They aired a segment that unintentionally included a song from rap star Coolio that spewed the N word a couple of times. CNN immediately realized their mistake and made a public apology.

Now, a year later, hip hop artists are using the clip for promotional purposes and plugging their own music into it. The funny part is, at-least two news outlets have posted the video not knowing they were spoofs of year old news coverage.

In one spoof posted on youtube on Aug. 31, 2011, the description read: CNN anchor Kyra Phillips had to apologize Wednesday after the network accidentally played a Lil B song featuring the S-word. The spoof was picked up by SF Weekly on Aug. 31, and served to the public like it was real.

In another posted on Sept. 1, 2011, the description read: CNN anchor Kyra Phillips had to apologize Wednesday after the network accidentally played a track from the rap group R.A.P.E.D (Real Ass People Every Day). That video spoof was then picked up by happypeople.com and served to the public like it just happened yesterday.

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