“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman said his past use of the N-Word wasn’t racist, because he was given a ‘pass’ to use the word during his time in prison.
Chapman addressed his N-word scandal, which caused the cancelation of his hit A&E show after he was recorded using the word six times in a phone call with his son, during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Chapman, 68, claimed he believed his usage of the word was allowed because he was sanctioned to say it and insisted the language was not a result of his racism.
“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use [the N-word], kind of like Eminem,” he said in reference to the controversial “Lose Yourself” rapper. When the interviewer asked who gave him the “pass,” he replied, “the brothers.”
“I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending 18 months in Texas and it was probably three quarters from the Black tribe,” he explained. “So that was a word that we used back-and-forth as maybe a compliment.”
He was perplexed as to when his purported allowance to use the word became nullified. “My pass expired for using it but no one told me that. To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
He also addressed the claims that his daughter Bonnie made about not being invited to his upcoming wedding due to her support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Dog told the segment’s host that he is actually a supporter of the BLM organization himself.
“I have never been a racist,” he explained, while the host blinked rapidly as if he was unconvinced by the declaration. “I’m 33 and half percent Apache, but because of over 15 years (in reference to the recorded call), I have an achilles heel, cos I used the wrong word.”
“If you use that word and you use it in your regular everyday life, it makes you a racist,” the interviewer replied. “I have more Black friends than Eminem,” Dog said in his defense.
“That is the proximity argument,” the interviewer shot back. “I have lots of black friends, so that should make me okay with black people.” Chapman stared back at him speechless with his mouth hanging wide open.