Free Speech, Minus the N-Word

That includes the rappers who throw around the N-word like it's a crisp dollar bill or bottle of Dom Perignon. In April, Russell Simmons, music mogul and founder of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, called on the recording and broadcast industries to ban the N-word and two other epithets from so-called "clean" versions of rap songs to make hip-hop more socially responsible.

Rock and Chappelle declined to comment on the Griffin incident. So did 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. Apparently, in the age after Imus, it's not easy to get someone to stand up for the use of the N-word.

But in an August interview with ABC News Now, rapper T.I. came out in defense of the N-word, saying that if it's "used to stress a point, to get a valid point across ... then I understand."

And David E. Bernstein, professor of law at George Mason University, said that in certain contexts, use of the N-word may be warranted.

"There's parody, there's social commentary," he said. "I'm not familiar with exactly what [Griffin's] routine was, but I think the idea that there's never any circumstance where it's appropriate is going a little far."

Mooney thinks the effort to eradicate the N-word hasn't gone far enough. And that's not the only slur he wants to bury. Next on his list is "bitch."

"I never ever thought I would be doing this," he said. "I just want to live in a world without those words."

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