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article imageRoger Ebert stirs racial tension with Huck Finn 'N word' tweet

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 6, 2011 in Entertainment
Chicago - Film critic Roger Ebert shocked and angered many of his 300,000 followers on Twitter when talking about the latest version of Huck Finn and censorship. His choice to use the 'N word' in his tweet incited criticism from the blogosphere.
When Ebert tweeted about the new edition of the American classic, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, that would have the controversial and derided 'N word' replaced with the word 'slave' as reported on Digital Journal, he incited anger that even he didn't expect.
Ebert, who also adds screenwriter to his credits, tweeted "I'd rather be called a N***** than a Slave," yesterday morning, said the Hollywood Reporter.
This was followed by an onslaught of responses that included one from @urbanbohemian that said "Fair point, from some1 who's likely to be called neither," according to a report on PopEater that included a tweet from @iamichelle.
"R U OUT OF UR freakin head? jus cos ya wife is black dont give u the right to throw tht word around like its nothing. A*******", asked Michelle.
Ebert, who is married to an African-American woman named Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, started back-peddling today and tweeted in response to the anger he incited in his followers, "You know, this is very true. I'll never be called a N***** *or* a Slave, so I should have shut the **** up," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition," is expected to be on book store shelves by February.
Ebert, who Forbes has described him as "the most powerful pundit in America, according to Wikipedia, has not commented any further today following his 'retraction' of the original Huck Finn tweet.
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