Are all versions of the n-word the same?

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli was at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, when she ran into Girls star Lena Dunham. "She was so sweet and I swear to you, I'm the biggest fan of Girls in the world, and I just tweeted out our picture," Lisa told The Huffington Post. "And that's controversial; enjoy, people."

Here's the tweet that caused the controversy:

Lisa faced a lot of criticism after tweeting "nigga," but she said that's not a word to get worked up about.

"The N-word ending in 'er' is far different context from the word ending in 'a,'" she told HuffPo. "Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means 'friend.' And by the way, if I had put the word ending in 'er,' that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. 'A' on the end means 'my friend.'"


Yes, she’s quoting the urban dictionary in her defense! Do you agree that people should calm down about her use of that word, or do you think that's an offensive word she — and others — should avoid?

Sources: @LisaLampanelli, The Huffington Post