During a conversation with Naomi Campbell for her “No Filtered” podcast, Mariah Carey talks about being called the N-word by comedian Sandra Bernhard.
The singer told Naomi Campbell about the controversial moment from Sandra’s “I’m Still Here… Damn It!” special when she claimed Mariah was exploiting being biracial to further her career.
“She’s trying to backtrack on our a**es by acting real n*****-ish there at the Royalton Hotel suite with Puff Daddy and all the greasy, chain-wearing Black men,” Bernhard said.
Reflecting on the impact of the comedy show, Mariah told Naomi, “I wish I would have called you back when it happened because I was so upset and nobody came to my rescue at that point. But whatever, I can’t – it’s ignorance.”
Naomi added that Bernhard’s quip was “rude and disrespectful” as well as being “completely racist.”
“People can be very hurtful, but one of the things that hurt me, because I care about you and I care about the past, was what Sandra said. I was just like, ‘Are you for real?’ How did that even slide by?” she continued.
Gesturing at Mariah, Naomi added, “You are Black. You have every right. You are working also, in a professional capacity. I just felt like, now, I wanted to clear that up because I was p**sed.”
Mariah is the daughter of former opera singer Patricia, of Irish descent, and Alfred, an aeronautical engineer of African-American and Afro-Venezuelan descent.
Sandra Bernhard, who also referred to Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, and Lil’ Kim as “ghetto divas” during her standup show, defended herself back then. “I have carte blanche to use that word from my friend Paul Mooney,” she told New York Magazine. “I’m a card-carrying white-black girl. Plus, I have a huge Black following, so you know, it’s like a black person saying [n*****ish].”
Aside from talking about that human jar of mayonnaise, the conversation between Naomi and Mariah is very enjoyable. Watch the full interview above.