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News Reporter Apologizes For Calling Lady Gaga's Music "Jigaboo"

News anchor Kristi Capel used the racial slur in a segment on Gaga's Oscar performance.

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Cleveland's Fox 8 news anchor Kristi Capel used the racial slur "jigaboo" to describe Lady Gaga's music this morning.

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Capel and co-anchor Wayne Dawson were tasked with giving commentary on Lady Gaga's tribute to Julie Andrews from last night's Oscars, and Capel went off on a unclear tangent about Lady Gaga's sound: "You can really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music that she — whatever you wanna call it," Capel says. She repeats the word one final time before Dawson takes helm of the segment.

The word "jigaboo" was most used in the late 19th and early 20th century to denigrate black people, often in connection to stereotyped physical features.

Capel has issued a copy-and-paste apology to a number of Twitter users, stating that she "didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word."

@LocsWithoutKeys I do apologize if I offended you, I didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word. Thank you for watching.

Kristi Capel@Kristi_CapelFollow

@LocsWithoutKeys I do apologize if I offended you, I didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word. Thank you for watching.

7:47 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Hanrahan87 @RoverRadio I do apologize if I offended you, I didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word.

Kristi Capel@Kristi_CapelFollow

@Hanrahan87 @RoverRadio I do apologize if I offended you, I didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word.

7:42 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@petezahutt @fox8news I apologize, I didn't know it was a word or what it meant. Thank you for watching.

Kristi Capel@Kristi_CapelFollow

@petezahutt @fox8news I apologize, I didn't know it was a word or what it meant. Thank you for watching.

7:38 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many still take issue with Capel's careless use of the term, especially in a field where a wide vocabulary is needed.

Im not breaking out the pitchforks for that jigaboo comment but her saying she didnt know is weak. Youre a news anchor. Words are your job.

Larry Beyince@DragonflyJonezFollow

Im not breaking out the pitchforks for that jigaboo comment but her saying she didnt know is weak. Youre a news anchor. Words are your job.

10:26 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite