Omari Hardwick And 50 Cent Say White Actors Should Say The N-Word
‘Power’ Executive Producer 50 Cent and star Omari Hardwick say that white actors on the hit Starz show should be able to use the ‘n-word’ because it brings an authentic feel to the setting of the series. Oh.
For 50 Cent, the N-word is an important factor in maintaining the authenticity of Joseph Sikora’s character, Tommy Egan, on the popular Starz series “Power.” On the program, Egan is known as the very loyal partner-in-crime of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who is played by Omari Hardwick. The characters grew up alongside each other in the rough streets of New York.
“I think the best thing was taking us to the neighborhood. I think that street credibility is palpable in the characterization of Tommy because it rings true,” Sikora told TheGrio.com regarding advice 50 gave him on his character. “I think that you need to have some of that experience… at least see those sights and meet those people.”
“You [say] things that you wouldn’t say, or he wouldn’t be comfortable saying things that I’m asking him to say until he sees the temperament of the people,” 50 Cent added. “Because over there, probably the most time they called you Ni**a.”
“Yo that’s my Ni**a Tommy,” the rapper gave as an example. “They’re not using it as a racial term, They’re saying that’s my guy.”
As for whether its okay for folks of any race to use the N-word, it all comes down to what neighborhood that person comes from, according to 50 Cent.
“When you live there. When you there, they ain’t gonna see a difference in you or anyone else… it’s just you’re not the police,” he said
Omari Hardwick adds there shouldn’t be a debate regarding the use of the N-word on “Power.”
“It shouldn’t be a debate about whether or not Joe should be allowed to use it,” he told The Grio. “If Tommy grew up in that world, and that was normal and everyday practice for him.. for Tommy to say that, if it authenticates what we grew up in as characters, I don’t think it should be a debate. It’s just truth.”
50 and Hardwick’s comments conjure up memories of Terrence Howard voicing his desire to use the N-word on “Empire.”
“I’m mad that we don’t say n—- in the show,” Howard said in an interview Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n—-every day. It’s become part of a conversation — why aren’t we using it in the show?”
Wonder if Omari lets his wife use the n-word around him too….