Even though Lisa Lampanelli and Dayana Mendoza clashed often on “The Celebrity Apprentice” this season, the story that has actually made headlines over the past few months revolves around something that was said away from the cameras in a radio interview.
Does Lisa have any regrets about saying a racial slur towards the former Miss Universe from Venezuela? Speaking to Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly she was asked this very question and gave a pretty defiant response:
“Absolutely not. Are you out of your mind? Of course not. I’ve been doing comedy for 22 years. The minute I apologize for a joke is the day I quit this business and I ain’t quitting anytime soon. I say every slur on the planet — racial, homosexual, everything to do with every ethnic group on the planet and guess what? I will never apologize for that because I know why I do it and it is to make a valid point about ignorance in this society. If she doesn’t get it, that’s a shame.”
The argument that Lisa uses is one that we have heard many comedians try to utilize over the years — that in the context of comedy, anything goes. Ultimately, it then goes down to just whether or not you are offended — and since Dayana was (and understandably so), we now have a story.
Ultimately, the fact that Lisa is doing exit interviews comes as a surprise in itself. Despite winning two out of her three tasks as Project Manager on this season, Donald Trump fired her over being too emotional to represent his brand in a big way moving forward.
What did you think about Lisa using a racial slur in the context of a joke — do you understand her intention, or find it offensive regardless?