New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Drops N-Word During Radio Interview
Tuesday's incident is the latest in a string of controversies for Cuomo.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used the N-word during an interview on New York radio on Tuesday. The word was dropped during a conversation on discrimination against Italian Americans. Cuomo was quoting a New York Times Op-ed on the subject when he made the remark.
“The Times also said in an article the other day, apropos of nothing, they were talking about it,” Cuomo told WAMC host Alan Chartock, according to The Hill. “Going back to the Italian Americans because now you have me. They used an expression that southern Italians were called quote-unquote, and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting The Times, n----r wops. N-word wops as a derogatory comment.”
Cuomo's comment came one day after he announced the state would allocate funds for a statue of Saint Frances Cabrini, an Italian American Roman Catholic nun. Cabrini became a popular figure in the Italian American community for her work assisting the Italian immigrant population in the United States.
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Cuomo previously had a controversy in March where he suggested, at a predominantly black church, that Jewish preppie did not have rhythm.
"I'm a Catholic," Cuomo told parishioners at Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, the NY Post reported. "Catholics basically believe the same thing as Baptists believe. We just do it without the rhythm. But we try. We try. We are not as without rhythm as our Jewish brothers and sisters."
Cuomo's n-word usage is not the first controversy for his family, when it comes to using slurs. Cuomo's brother Chris Cuomo, an anchor on CNN, was recorded nearly getting into a physical altercation when another man after he was called “fredo.”
“My name is Chris Cuomo,” Chris says in the video. “I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from ‘The Godfather.’ He was that weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion.”
Governor Cuomo's office has yet to release a statement on the matter.