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Tim Allen wants to reclaim 'N-word' in stand-up comedy

by The Associated Press on July 28, 2013 2:40 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Allen isn’t a fan of the N-word — not just the word, but the phrase.

The 60-year-old actor-comedian told the Tampa Bay Times in Florida that the term “N-word” is worse than the racial slur it represents.

The star of the TV shows “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing,” and films such as “The Santa Clause” said he thinks the criticism that keeps non-black comedians from using the actual N-word is a step backward from the days when Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce purposefully used such language.

Allen’s comments were published this week ahead of a stand-up performance. But he made them last month after it was revealed celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past.

His comments weren’t taken lightly on social networking sites.

In a statement provided by his spokeswoman, Allen says it wasn’t his intention to offend anyone.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — MTV will become Miley Television this fall.

The 20-year-old actress-singer Miley Cyrus is getting a one-hour documentary — not yet titled — on the music network. The announcement was made Friday by MTV Programming President Susanne Daniels at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Cameras will follow Cyrus as she works on her new album, which is due out later this year.

Her current single, “We Can’t Stop,” is No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Cyrus was the star of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” for four seasons. The series’ finale aired in January 2011.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An Illinois man who served jail time for stalking R&B singer Ashanti has been indicted in New York for again stalking and harassing the Grammy Award-winner.

Prosecutors say Devar Hurd was indicted Friday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Prosecutors say he violated an order of protection when he sent more than 100 tweets to the singer’s Twitter account between Sept. 2012 and last weekend.

His bail was set at $750,000. He is expected to be arraigned sometime next month.

In Feb. 2010 the 35-year-old was sentenced to two years in jail for sending a battery of text messages and photos to Ashanti’s mother. Prosecutors said Friday some of his tweets were sexually explicit.

Hurd’s attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment.

PHOTO: In this Dec. 10, 2009 file photo, Tim Allen is interviewed at the Palladium 12 Theatre in Birmingham, Mich. Allen isn't a fan of the n-word, not just the word, but the phrase. The 60-year-old actor-comedian told the Tampa Bay Tribune that the term "n-word" is worse than the racial slur it represents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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