WATCH: Barbara Walters' Use Of N-Word Leads To Intense Discussio - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WATCH: Barbara Walters' Use Of N-Word Leads To Intense Discussion On 'The View'

Photo courtesy Huffingtonpost.com Photo courtesy Huffingtonpost.com

>>>CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg had a tense discussion on Monday about the use of the n-word.

The conversation was centered around the controversy surrounding Rick Perry and a hunting camp he owned. The camp's entrance contained a rock with the term "Niggerhead" on it for many years. The Washington Post broke the story of the rock, and presented conflicting narratives about Perry's knowledge of the rock and his efforts to get rid of it.

Goldberg used the n word (which was silenced throughout the conversation) first, while talking about Herman Cain's use of the word during a Sunday interview. It was when Walters used the word, though, that things got awkward. "It's very hard for me to say," she said. "...It gives me chills." Goldberg said it was useless to "pretend" that the word didn't exist. "Let's call it what it said!" she said.

It was here that Shepherd cut in. "When I heard you say it, it was fine," she told Goldberg. Turning to Walters, she continued, "I didn't like the way you said it." In explaining this, Shepherd used the word several more times.

"I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body," she said.

"It's because I'm white?" Walters said. Shepherd acknowledged that it was. "It's something about hearing you say it," she said. "...I don't like it when you use the word...when you say it it's a different connotation."

Goldberg returned to the broader issue about using the word, but Walters wrenched the conversation back. "If i'm reporting on this you mean i can't use the word?" she said. "You can do anything you want!" Shepherd replied. "You're Barbara Walters!"

"I'm sorry, that has nothing to do with it, Sherri," Walters said. "When you say the word I don't like it," Shepherd. "...When white people say it, it brings up feelings in me." Goldberg said she didn't care if Walters used the word, because she was relaying information. Walters appeared offended at Shepherd's opposition.

"We all should care about the same things and the fact that I don't say something exactly the way Whoopi does--"

"You can't take away the way it makes me feel Barbara," Shepherd said. "...But I never knew you felt this way and I find it just amazing," Walters replied.

The panel has had emotional discussions about the N word before -- most notably in 2008, when Elisbaeth Hasselbeck began crying during a conversation with Goldberg about the word.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Al Michaels sorry for 'Sunday Night Football' Weinstein joke

    Al Michaels sorry for 'Sunday Night Football' Weinstein joke

    Monday, October 16 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-10-16 12:28:14 GMT

    DENVER - NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels has quickly apologized after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein during "Sunday Night Football." Michaels mused in the middle of the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos that the Giants were "coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein." 

    >>

    DENVER - NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels has quickly apologized after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein during "Sunday Night Football." Michaels mused in the middle of the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos that the Giants were "coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein." 

    >>
  • Police: Man kills girlfriend's toddler son, then robs her

    Police: Man kills girlfriend's toddler son, then robs her

    Sunday, October 15 2017 7:44 PM EDT2017-10-15 23:44:24 GMT

    HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man killed his girlfriend's 17-month-old son and stole her car stereo and laptop while she was in the hospital with her dying child. The Bradenton Herald reports that 31-year-old David Vickers is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

    >>

    HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man killed his girlfriend's 17-month-old son and stole her car stereo and laptop while she was in the hospital with her dying child. The Bradenton Herald reports that 31-year-old David Vickers is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

    >>
  • Fifth cat found mutilated in North Spokane

    Fifth cat found mutilated in North Spokane

    Sunday, October 15 2017 1:32 AM EDT2017-10-15 05:32:14 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. Jim Barrington of North Spokane has one question for his beloved cat Buddy, "What the heck happened Buddy?" Last Thursday morning Jim Barrington let Buddy out of the house early that morning for Buddy's daily routine "He didn't come back by the time I went to work and he didn't come back in by the time my wife left for work. "Jim came back home at 7:30 that morning and as he was driving up his street seeing something he thought 

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. Jim Barrington of North Spokane has one question for his beloved cat Buddy, "What the heck happened Buddy?" Last Thursday morning Jim Barrington let Buddy out of the house early that morning for Buddy's daily routine "He didn't come back by the time I went to work and he didn't come back in by the time my wife left for work. "Jim came back home at 7:30 that morning and as he was driving up his street seeing something he thought 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/