Was Sherri Shepherd Too Sensitive?

October 5, 2011  |  

by Selam Aster

By now, you’ve all heard about how Sherri Shepherd got on her View co-host Barbara Walters about using the n-word when referencing the story about Rick Perry’s family estate, a camp whose entrance is marked by a stone engraved with the word “Ni****head.”

Although Whoopi Goldberg said the word herself, Shepherd had major issues with Walters repeating the word.”I didn’t like the way you said it,” Shepherd told Walters. “I don’t know if it’s a semantics thing, but it’s something that goes through my body.”

Walters is a veteran journalist who has shown much sensitivity when speaking on matters relating to race and justice so it is a little over the top for Shepherd to blast her for using the word to convey a news story. Shepherd may have thought she was standing up for African-Americans when she called out her boss, but seriously, she took it a little too far. Doesn’t the oversensitivity stifle dialogue and honesty?

Shepherd and Walters have been working together for a long time now and I wouldn’t blame Walters for losing a little respect for her co-host for being so short-sighted and dismissive of a trusted friend and colleague. Save the high-drama for another, more worthy occasion Shepherd.

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