An Irish politician with a colorful online presence has apologized for using the N-word in a tweet comparing the plight of slaves in the United States to that of Irish nationalists.
Gerry Adams, president of Irish republican political party Sinn Fein, tweeted Sunday night:
“Watching Django Unchained — A Ballymurphy N—-r!””Django Unchained”
is a 2012 Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino movie in which Jamie Foxx plays a freed slave trying to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation.
Ballymurphy is the area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in which Adams was born, and where British soldiers killed civilians in a series of shootings in 1971.
His tweet, which featured the uncensored version of the racial epithet, provoked a storm of criticism and was swiftly deleted.
He eventually released a statement apologizing
“for any offense caused”
Monday amid mounting pressure over the remark.
Adams had earlier released a statement saying that if
“anyone is genuinely offended by my use of the N-word they misunderstand or misrepresent the context in which itwas used.”
Adams: It was ironic Adams’ initial response to the controversy was a tweet saying that his use of the word was “ironic” and that”Nationalists in (Northern Ireland) were treated like African Americans.”