WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Dog the Bounty Hunter addressed allegations of homophobia and racism during an interview with Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight.
- The A&E star, real name Duane Chapman, said that he “thought he had a pass in the Black tribe to use it.”
- Chapman also insisted he wasn’t racist because he has “more Black friends than Eminem.”
Duane Chapman, AKA “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” addressed allegations of racism and homophobia during an interview with Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier.
“I have never been a racist. I’m 33 1/2 percent Apache,” Chapman said.
The A&E star came under fire over his using racial slurs, including over six uses of the N-word, during a taped phone call with his son made public by the National Enquirer in 2007.
Frazier, who is black, asked the 68-year-old why he used N-word.
“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem,” Chapman said.
“I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending 18 months in Texas, and it was probably three-quarters from the Black tribe,” Chapman added. “So, that was a word that we used back and forth as maybe a compliment. My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that. To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
Frazier disagreed with Chapman.
“If you use that word, and you use it in your regular every day life, it makes you a racist,” he said.
“I have more Black friends than Eminem,” Chapman insisted.
Frazier pointed out the flaw in Chapman’s outdated logic.
“That is the proximity argument. ‘I have lots of Black friends, so that should make me okay with Black people,'” Frazier said.
Chapman became emotional during the interview after addressing allegations that he is homophobic.
“Would I die for a gay man or a Black man? I’d lay down my life,” Chapman said.