Barbara Walters’ use of the n-word during a discussion on “The View” on Monday about the offensively named hunting camp where Rick Perry entertained guests sparked a debate over who can and should use the word.

Whoopi Goldberg used the word first, to give the name of the lodge, “N—–head.” (How long the camp was known by the name is in dispute.) Walters used it next, in the same manner as Goldberg, but Sherri Shepherd expressed discomfort with how she said it.

Goldberg later said she pronounces the word differently from Walters because “I have a good time saying it ’cause I know I’m not supposed to.” She said she didn’t object to Walters using the word because Walters wasn’t using it to insult anyone.

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