White House defends Larry Wilmore's White House Correspondents Dinner performance
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White House defends Larry Wilmore's White House Correspondents Dinner performance

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At the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington this past weekend, comedian Larry Wilmore kept race front and center during his whole monologue. He took to the podium saying "Welcome to Negro Night!" then added "Or as Fox News will report, 'Two thugs disrupt elegant dinner in D.C.'" 

Wilmore roasted CNN, Ted Cruz, Al Sharpton, Brian Williams, Wolf Blitzer, Donald Trump, and even the president himself, but it seems all anyone remembers is his last line, in which he affectionately used the n-word before shaking the president's hand. 

Did Larry Wilmore go too far by using that epithet towards the president? Or are people taking his remark out of context and overreacting

On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the president was not offended by Wilmore's closing, and that "he appreciated the spirit of the sentiments that Mr. Wilmore expressed."

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Journalist Jonathan Capehart thought Wilmore was far too familiar with the president.
Plenty of people shared Josh Marshall's opinion that Wilmore didn't need his speech policed.
Quartz argued that Wilmore pushed boundaries that needed pushing.
Others said it was Wilmore's performance, his choice.
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