Radio Host Accidentally Says ‘Coon’ and Is Fired

“She’s been chancellor of Stanford,” Lenihan said on the air. “She’s got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that.”

He meant to say ‘coup’. How weird that he said ‘coon’ twice. Otherwise, he could have passed it off as being tongue-tied. Even so, it’s too bad a guy has to lose his job for accidentally saying a slur. Clearly, he wasn’t spouting hate here – he didn’t even call anybody a coon, he just said the word. Oh well, I guess with radio, what you accidentally say still matters.

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