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Critic reviews for THE Word
THE Word manages to offer up a surprisingly complete history of this horrific slur, all while never once speaking it out loud and while telling some great jokes.
This episode of Blackish was far from radical; it just kept talking.
The side plot suggests a thoughtful consideration of the gap between personal comforts and societal responsibilities, which have been central to the sitcom format but rarely have been pulled off with such humility, humor, and lived-in experience.
The episode goes to great lengths to try to wring commentary and comedy out of one of society's most hot-button topics, addressing non-black appropriation of the word while also spoofing white indignation at not being "allowed" to use the term.
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