NEW YORK â Comedian and Food Network host Josh Denny has called his tweets using the N-word and comparing use of âstraight white maleâ to the racial slur as âvery incendiary,â but he said heâs not sorry.
The host of âGinormous Foodâ appeared on Van Lathanâs podcast âThe Red Pillâ on Tuesday. He said he has received death threats over the Friday tweet making the comparison amid a slew of criticism. While unapologetic, he told Lathan: âI take responsibility for it. I said those things.â
Denny dropped several N-bombs during his nearly hour-and-a-half-long appearance on the podcast, including some after Lathan objected. That, said Lathan, is âunbelievably telling.â
The Friday tweet read: ââStraight White Maleâ has become this centuryâs N-Word. Itâs used to offend and diminish the recipient based on assumption and bias. No difference in the usage.â
In the aftermath, older tweets by Denny dating to 2012 had him spelling out the N-word and making disparaging remarks about Asian women. On âThe Red Pill,â Denny called those tweets âdark jokes,â adding: âDo you think nobody enjoys dark comedy, and do you think that anybody that does enjoy dark comedy, that itâs indicative of a deeper evil?â
Lathan responded, in part, âthose tweets are pretty vile.â
When Denny uttered the full N-word on the podcast, Lathan responded: âCould you not use the word because itâs very, itâs a little unnerving.â Denny used the slur three more times, once as he recounted one of his old jokes, prompting Lathan to object a second time: âWhy would you say that again if I told you it made me uncomfortable?â
Denny responded: âBecause itâs in the joke. Iâm quoting the joke.â
Lathan: âJosh, just chill dog.â He called Dennyâs repeat use of the slur âunbelievably telling to me.â
Lathan also works for the gossip and entertainment site TMZ.
Repeated emails and telephone calls seeking comment from Food Network spokespeople were not immediately returned. Several messages left for Lathan by The Associated Press also went unanswered.