Mississippi news anchor Barbie Bassett was recently fired, and her firing was suspiciously close to her usage of a phrase popularized by
- "Fo shizzle my nizzle".
Bassett made the comment to her fellow anchors on NBC affiliate WLBT. They were doing a segment on Snoop Dogg's latest business venture, Snoop Cali Blanc, and joked about Snoop Dogg working with WLBT.
One of Bassett's fellow anchors said, "She'd have a
tattoo on her shoulder." Bassett replied, "Fo shizzle my nizzle."
"Nizzle" is apparently slang for the n-word. Which I doubt Bassett was aware of. Since the comment, Bassett is no longer listed on the station's website and removed all affiliations with the station from her Facebook page. The Vice President of the Station told the
"As I am sure you can understand, WLBT is unable to comment on personnel matters."
Charlamagne the God actually defended Bassett, telling the
New York Post
, "She might not even know what ‘nizzle’ means, yo. Come on, like stop. That’s not a reason to fire that woman." Bassett has previously taken heat for referencing a black reporter’s “grandmammy." And I really don't understand how that's offensive either, but maybe I'm just not well-versed in racially charged lingo. Nonetheless, Bassett apologized for the comment and to the reporter.
To me, this seems like a situation blown way out of proportion. I seriously doubt Bassett, or any established reporter, would make a comment on-air if they knew it was slang for a racial slur. It sounds like something a mom or grandma would accidentally and unknowingly say. Plus, it was popularized by Snoop Dogg himself, and that's who they were discussing, so it makes sense she said it. The whole thing seems a
silly to me.
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