Why Alan Jones said the N-word on national radio

Drive 23/08/2018

An Australian talk radio host apologised on social media for using the N-word during his live breakfast show on Thursday

Alan Jones, host of 2GB Sydney and Brisbane’s 4BC breakfast, was discussing the leadership troubles in Australia’s government when he used the racial slur on air.

“They are mobilising to block Dutton,” Mr Jones said during his show.

“The n****r in the woodpile here, if I can use that expression, and I’m not going to yield to certain people who tell us that words in the language are forbidden, the person who’s playing hard to get, is Mathias Cormann.”

Alan Jones. Photo: Getty.

In Auckland for this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup test match, Mr Jones joined RadioLIVE’s Ryan Bridge & Lisa Owen in studio to discuss his use of the offensive phrase.

The N-word first came about in America’s southern states in the mid-19th Century to describe African slaves who had fled their captors.

Today’s use of the word is globally considered racist and hurtful.

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Watch the full interview with Alan Jones above.

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