Is It Racist? - National Spelling Bee

  • Season 2, Ep 201
  • 01/13/2010
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"Negus" is an actual Ethiopian word, so Daniel isn't sure if it's technically racist. (1:48)

THAT ACTUALLY CAUSED SOMEONETO SUE THIS SHOW,

WHICH IS EXACTLYWHY I'M DOING IT AGAIN.

IT'S TIME TO PLAY...

Daniel and audience:IS IT RACIST?

- YEAH, THAT'S WHEREI SHOW A CLIP

AND DECIDE IF IT'S RACIST.

TODAY'S VIDEO IS FROMTHE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE.

- NEGUS.

- NEGUS.

WHAT IS THE LANGUAGEOF ORIGIN?

- ETHIOPIAN TO AMHARIC.

- NEGUS.

IT'S AN ACTUAL ETHIOPIAN WORD,

SO I'M NOT SUREIF IT'S RACIST YET.

BUT IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T HELP

THAT THE KIDIS FROM THE DIRTY SOUTH.

LET'S KEEP GOING.

- ANDREW, COULD YOUSAY THE WORD LOUDLY

FOR THE JUDGES?

- NEGUS.

- ONE MORE TIME.

- NEGUS.

- OKAY, THE REPETITIONIS DEFINITELY MAKING IT WORSE.

BUT YOU CAN'T DECIDEIF IT'S RACIST

UNTIL THE FINAL JUDGEGETS THROUGH WITH HIM.

HI, ANDREW.

COULD YOU PLEASESAY THE WORD AGAIN?

- NEGUS.

- I'M SORRY.I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

SPEAK UP.- NEGUS.

- TRY TO SAY ITTO THE AFRICAN AMERICANS

THAT ARE SITTINGIN THE SECOND ROW.

- NEGUS.

- OKAY, NOW PLEASESAY IT TO THE AUDIENCE

AT THE APOLLO.

- NEGUS.

- ALL RIGHT, ANDREW,ARE YOU READY TO SPELL IT?

- COULD YOU USE ITIN A SENTENCE?

- OF COURSE.NEGUS, PLEASE.

[laughter and applause]

ALL RIGHT.

THAT LAST JUDGE MAY HAVEBEEN A TOUCH RACIST.

BUT LET'S SEEIF ANDREW CAN SPELL IT.

- NEGUS.

N-E-G-U-S, NEGUS.

- YES.

- SO IS IT RACIST?

EVEN THOUGH EVERY FIBEROF MY BEING SAYS YES,

IT'S ACTUALLY NOT RACIST.

BUT YOU WANT TO TRYAND CONVINCE ME THAT IT IS,

GO TO OUR BLOGAND EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

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