AP, September 5, 2007
A standup routine by black comedian Eddie Griffin was stopped after he repeatedly used the N-word, a magazine’s spokesman said Wednesday.
Griffin, who has appeared in movies such as Undercover Brother and Date Movie and the TV show Malcolm & Eddie, was performing at a Black Enterprise magazine event in the Miami suburb of Doral on Friday when he was cut off after using profanities and the N-word, said Andrew Wadium, a spokesman for the publication.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended a meeting held by the magazine in Miami but not the performance, said the crowd gave an ovation to Earl Graves, the magazine’s publisher, when he came on stage after the 39-year-old Griffin was pulled, according to a statement on the website of Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The statement said Sharpton “expressed gratitude that the nation’s pre-eminent magazine for African-Americans stands behind the efforts of National Action Network in getting rid of the N-word.”