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Charlamagne Supports News Anchor Fired Over Snoop’s Quote

March 30, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to Hip Hop DX, Charlamagne Tha God stepped up to defend a news anchor from Mississippi who recently lost her job after using a Snoop Dogg quote on-air. Barbie Bassett, a journalist and meteorologist at WLBT, was terminated from her position on March 24th after saying, “Fo’ shizzle, my nizzle” during a newscast earlier in the month. The phrase, a playful take on “for sure, my n-gga,” was used by Bassett, who is white, as part of a joke about a potential Snoop Dogg tattoo, expressing her enthusiasm for the idea. 

During a segment of the program’s Rumor Report, Charlamagne expressed confusion as to why the use of a particular phrase would lead to Bassett’s dismissal. DJ Envy, another of the show’s co-hosts, also agreed with Charlamagne.

“I don’t think she should’ve been fired,” he added. “She might not even know what ‘nizzle’ means, yo. Like, come on, we got to, like, stop, man. That’s not a reason to fire that woman.

“That’s the thing with Hip Hop, man. Hip Hop is so big and so mainstream and it’s just like, who can consume it and who can’t? Who can repeat slang and who can’t? She might not have any idea, she just thinks she’s sounding cool repeating Snoop Dogg!”

However, this is not the first time Bassett has faced criticism for her remarks. During a broadcast last October, she was prompted to issue an apology after being reprimanded by the television network for using the term “grandmammy” to refer to a colleague’s grandmother.

The term “mammy” carries racist connotations and was historically used to refer to a Black woman who served as a nurse to a white family during slavery.

“Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe.”

She continued: “Now, I would like to apologize to you. That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and I apologize to everyone I have offended.

“I will learn from this and participate in training so I can better understand our history and our people. I pray you’ll forgive me and that you’ll extend grace through this awful mistake.”

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