Comedian Gary Owens blasted for telling Black wife to utter the N-word

Gary Owen, right, with wife Kenya. Photo: Facebook Live/Gary Owen

Gary Owen created some heat for himself when he used his Black wife to call Michael Blackson the N-word after Blackson dared Owen to say the taboo word himself.

Owen and Blackson have been volleying insults back and forth for the past month and some change. It all started when Owen, who was a guest on “The Breakfast Club,” said Blackson was not very skilled at his craft.

Blackson, 45, unloaded back on Owen, calling the Caucasian comedian a “wet dog” and dared Owen to utter the N-word publicly.

“You want to be Black so bad, don’t you?” said Blackson. “Well, f— you, n—-. Now say it back. I didn’t think so.”

Unbeknownst to Blackson, Owen, 43, had a joke ready for him. Owen, who has been married to a Black woman for 15 years — and they have three children together — released a video where he sat next to his wife Kenya and let her call Blackson the N-word on his behalf.

“Michael Blackson, I saw your little weak comeback where you say I smell like a wet dog,” Owen said as he held a dog close to his lips. “Yeah I kissed her. White guy stuff … You said I won’t say the n-word back to you. You dared me. I don’t gotta say it back, my lady will say it for me.”

Social media users had very mixed reactions to the clip. Several said this little stunt confirmed what they have already thought about the comedian, that he is indeed a racist. Still others are slamming his “traitor” wife.

“Yeah we should be fine with the fact that you would use your Black wife to use such a racially demeaning and derogatory term to address another Black person,” wrote Twitter user Litha Mjonono. “[It] says a lot about you.”

Another online comment read: “Gary Owen went after Monique and now Michael Blackson. The slave master is still in the big house with a bed wench and talking down on the field slaves. To hell with Gary Owen.”

Those on the other side of this argument do not believe Owen committed any cultural crime. They don’t have a problem whatsoever with Owen commissioning his wife to use the N-word because they don’t think Owen is racist nor a cultural appropriator like Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.

“Woke Twitter really be on that bullsh–,” one Black woman wrote. “So now Gary Owen is a cultural appropriator? Just say y’all hate everybody that’s not Black and be done with it, ‘cause I’m sick.”

Another user said: “You married a black woman, built a beautiful home with her, and had kids with her. You even treat her son as your own child and used your career to pay for his college tuition. You’re not a racist…these people just wanna create unnecessary controversy.”

After watching a few rounds of the argument erupt around him on if Owen is a racist, the comedian himself responded to the online debate. He claims he received more laughs than backlash:

What do you think of what Owen did? Do you believe Owen is similar to Michael Rapaport (Higher Learning) whom most Blacks believe is an undercover racist? Or are you of the belief that Owen committed no cultural infraction and was just being a comedian?

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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