A popular Mississippi news anchor was fired for repeating a Snoop Dogg lyric that features a variation of the n-word.
Barbie Bassett has not appeared as morning news anchor on NBC News affiliate WBLT since she unwittingly repeated an offensive lyric by Snoop Dogg during a live broadcast.
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Bassett uttered Snoop’s lyric while reporting on a segment about Kroger removing Snoop’s Cali Wine Collection from a display after several customers complained that the signage was “offensive” and “stereotypical”.
Before the segment ended, Bassett, who is white, said “Fo’ shizzle, my nizzle.”
The lyric roughly translates to “For sure, my ni**a.”
Longtime Mississippi news anchor appears to no longer be employed with the news team after saying, "Fo shizzle, my nizzle" on airhttps://t.co/O5tFTsac1g pic.twitter.com/hs01IyVQaL
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 24, 2023
Unfortunately, Bassett didn’t consult with her Black co-workers before uttering the slang on air.
It was the second strike for Bassett, according to DailyMail.
The former beauty pageant queen was reprimanded in October 2022 for uttering a racially insensitive remark to a fellow co-anchor that she later apologized for.
During the October 2022 broadcast, she apologized to viewers, calling her words “insensitive and hurtful” and saying she was going to attend sensitivity training to “better understand our history and our people.”
Bassett has not made a comment or apologized for her most recent faux pas.
Bassett’s Facebook page no longer mentions WLBT news as her employer.