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Don’t Trip, It’s Actually Totally Cool For Antonio McKee to Use the N-Word, Antonio McKee Says


Antonio McKee is just way ahead of his time. At least that’s what Antonio McKee says in the above video with your boy Marcos from In fact, though this interview is ostensibly about McKee’s upcoming MFC lightweight title defense against Luciano Azevedo, much of it is just Antonio McKee explaining why it’s OK for Antonio McKee to do many of the things Antonio McKee does. This includes but is not limited to both his wrestling-based fighting style — which McKee assures us is the wave of the future — and his liberal use of the N-word, which he says we shouldn’t be offended by because … well … it doesn’t offend him.

“I’m just the baddest nigger on the planet, you know?” McKee says at about the :55 second mark. “For those black folks that I offend when I use the word nigger, let me explain this right now to you. Nigger is not a bad word to me. Where I come from, nigger is a term of endearment and loyalty and brotherhood … I want to let you know now, this fight here is about putting on a show. So, if you see me out there wearing my monkey suit doing my monkey dance, don’t be tripping, alright?”

OK, we’re not tripping, though McKee’s reasoning about why we shouldn’t trip seems pretty flawed here.

First the touchy political stuff: No, people probably shouldn’t be offended by McKee’s use of the N-word. His point about loyalty and respect and how the connotative meaning of that particular word has changed during the last 20 years or so is perfectly valid. Secondly, since McKee’s usage of the N-word here is just a small part of a much larger, funnier, sort of crazier rant, there’s no point in getting in up-in-arms about it. I mean, in an interview where a guy also suggests that some of his attacks are so fast that the camera can’t pick them up, you should probably take everything with a grain of salt. If not, you’re essentially just setting yourself for a lifetime of being offended. You might as well also get upset when Big DW drops the F-bomb.

(Ed. Note: Though, let’s be honest, McKee is dispensing the most emotionally and politically charged word in the culture here, so it probably shouldn’t be done lightly. The N-word is still so taboo that it’s pretty much the only word that I, as a white dude, don’t feel comfortable typing here. As a result, I have to keep calling it the “N-word,” which frankly feels a little ridiculous. But if you want to read a pretty good guide as to when it’s OK to use this word, read this blog. For those of you who are too lazy, here is the Spark Notes version: If you’re white, it’s never OK.)

Actually, if McKee hadn’t stopped to explain why he thought it was fine for him to say the N-word, we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. But, frankly, the fighter nicknamed “Mandingo” – a moniker which certainly has its own various connotative cultural meanings – seems to employ logic that just isn’t that sound.  As a general rule of thumb, the barometer of whether or not you are being offensive isn’t whether you are offended by what you say, but rather if others are offended. The sooner we all start to realize this, the sooner it will save us all some headaches. Right, Dana?

Course, it’d also be easier to accept McKee’s justifications of his own vocabulary if he didn’t later hand out sweeping indictments of his opponent’s culture and their inability to get their cardio together …

“I know the Brazilians are tough, but they just don’t got gas,” he says. “They take a lot of punishment, but I’m really trying to fuck this guy up. I’m really trying to hurt this dude. I haven’t felt like this in a long time. It’s been like, maybe 22 years ago when I was in the hood and we were shooting dice. I hit my point and this dude didn’t want to give me my money, so I had to resort back to niggerism. This fight here has brought me back to niggerism. It’s not going to be good, folks.”

Yeah, we’re not going near that one. Fortunately, McKee clears it all up for us at the 4:07 mark: “I’ve been called racist and bigoted and all kind of things,” he says. “By the way, I’m not racist. I love everybody, except black people.”

Now see, that’s just good comedy, right there.

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Fried Taco- September 10, 2010 at 8:41 am
So I see I've been referring to people from Niger with the wrong word for a long time now. Excuse me, I have a lot of apologies to make.
ArmFarmer- September 10, 2010 at 5:17 am

So does that mean we aren't allowed to call a chick fat unless we say it to her face? We can't call our coworker an idiot without telling him he's an idiot? You're just suggesting that everyone be purposely rude and offensive. What if I follow your advice and I happen to be bigger than the black guy that's around, and I just end up calling him a nigger AND having to whoop his ass? Doesn't sound like a nice thing to do.. I don't follow your logic. Unless of course you're just using a round about way to say that you want someone to get beat up for saying the N word, which is what I'm taking from that.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm
What happened when the black man looked up his family tree?

Gorrilla shit on his face :(

Don't worry guys I was definatly not offended by that joke
DazedNConfused- September 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm
"hit my point and this dude didn’t want to give me my money, so I had to resort back to niggerism. This fight here has brought me back to niggerism. It’s not going to be good, folks.”

LMAO. Well this guys boring as shit in the ring, but i'll watch these kind of interviews during any slow day at work for sure.
the glza- September 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm
the baddest n***a on the planet would be named antonio.
fatbellyfrank- September 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm
@ Shitbags, well said mate, well said
Almost North- September 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm
And wispy mustaches, don't forget the Adam Morrison shit stain stache. Last time I was in Portland that was all the rage with the tight pants bicycle crowd.
RwilsonR- September 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm
lol @ livestrong bracelets.

I wonder if Chael Sonnen wears one. He's up near you, Portland. See if you can find out.
PortlandMMA- September 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Well I'm not too up on what the d bags are doing these days, plus I don't think I've ever seen a person with a "blowout" hairstyle in person in my life, so I had to throw in the live strong bracelet. Portland doesn't have your run of the mill douche bag you see, they do however have pants on so tight that their balls roll up into a vagina...with one pant leg rolled up of course so they can ride their bikes easier...oh and even though they're vegan they'll still mad dog you.
Almost North- September 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Damn I haven't seen a live strong bracelet in a couple years. Hilarious.
PortlandMMA- September 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm
So I'm sensing you really like white guys withe blowouts and popped collars? What about live strong bracelets? They gotta have one of those on too.
howardsternspenis- September 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm
yep, they count too, but they arent as bad as the whites with blowouts and popped collars.
PortlandMMA- September 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm
@ howardstern

So with that logic anyone who does anything stereotypical is the n word? What about racist white guys from the South?
dranokills- September 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm
everybody talking about a I kinda am excited to see a fight where a dude strikes so fast the camera cant pick it up. SHIT I wanna see dat.
PortlandMMA- September 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm
It is crazy how the world's most boring fighter can create such controversy. He has to say all this shit because he's 24-3-2 and no one gives a fuck about him. The dude hasn't lost in like 7 years, but also hasn't finished a fight in that time (except a TKO due to a knee injury) and it isn't like Dana or Coker are talking about him. He is desperate for press, even if it makes him look like a fucking bigoted moron.

On a general side note, white guys who love to use the n word because its not a big deal to them, it doesn't matter what you mean or what something means to you it matters how it is interpreted.
Clyde- September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Unfortunately, about 15 years of rap music has left me rather numbed to "the N-word". Just as visiting the corner on HolyMoly has left me very much desensitised to the word "Cunt".

The thing is, you can think of the word Nigga like the word mate/pal. I have a friend who will call me his nigga, and he wouldn't care if I call him my nigga. I just can't say it to him in public, because I'm white, so that would make me racist.

Thanks for the boondocks reference BTW ThrashingMad; that's still one of my favourite episodes. The line "and how often do you have a problem with faculty members saying "spear chucker" to students?" is priceless.

Shane Darwin- September 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Stereotypes don't just drop out of the sky. They're generally true.

I encounter more in-the-flesh stereotypes every day in real life than I do on TV, radio, internet etc.

I think Brock should walk out with Tom Tancredo. That would be hilarious.
howardsternspenis- September 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm
thank you, i cherish and value your opinion...

i sense a blowout and a popped collar in your future.
SofaKingNyce- September 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Howard - you sir, are a complete dumb fuck.
RwilsonR- September 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm
@ Nearly Septentrion

Amen, brotha.
howardsternspenis- September 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm
i find it highly amusing that blacks and other minorities say they hate the stereotypes that have been placed on them...seems to me like they embrace the stereotypes.

you would think if they hated it so much that they wouldnt do the things that got them the stereotype in the first place.

if you stop acting like a stupid nigger, you wont get treated like one.

i dont use the term nigger just for blacks either. if you are a stupid mexican who has 15 kids and no job, nigger.

if you are a retarded white asshole with a popped collar and a blowout hairdo, nigger.

if you are a chinese person who cant drive, nigger.

the word can be applied to everyone and should not be reserved just for niggers, oops i mean coloreds...
cecils_pupils- September 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm
@Stak40 - sooooooo true. If I ever need my fill of white racist crap Fox News is the place to go.
Almost North- September 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm
@Double R Wilson

First they came for the spammers, but I was not a spammer so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the trolls and the assholes, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the people with differing opinions, but I did not speak out.

When they came for me there was no one left to speak out.
RwilsonR- September 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm
I think the world could learn a lot from CP, and everyone could just lighten up and make fun of shit. Otherwise you end up like those fascists over at Bloody Elbow.
akilleez- September 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Is it okay to use the N-word when I'm singing a lil wayne song?