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News anchor apologizes for using a racial slur during Oscars coverage

Former Miss Missouri Kristi Capel claims she didn't know what the word meant.

Mar 1, 2020, 9:34 am*

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Myles Tanzer 

Myles Tanzer

Lots of people who watched the Oscars on Sunday night were quick to compliment Lady Gaga for her stripped-down tribute to The Sound of Music. Kristi Capel, an anchor for Fox 8 News in Cleveland and a former Miss USA pageant winner, got a little carried away with her praise for the Artpop singer and slipped in a wee little racial slur. Whoops!

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In the clip, Capel praised Gaga for not singing with any “jigaboo music” behind her. “Jigaboo” is an outdated racial slur referring to people of color. It’s a word your racist aunt would use when light R&B gets added to the playlist of her favorite light-music station. 

Shortly after the clip was posted online, Capel tried to personally respond to those demanding an apology. “I do apologize if I offended you,” she wrote to many outraged Twitter users. “I didn’t know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word.” These apology tweets were then deleted without any explanation. Capel has now gone radio-silent. 

H/T CleveScene | Screengrab via Oscars 2015/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 23, 2015, 1:23 pm