Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes After Inappropriate 'Live' Language
It seems like more of a "Barney Stinson" thing to say than something Neil Patrick Harris would utter, but give Harris this much: the openly-gay "How I Met Your Mother" star is both self-aware enough to know where certain lines are, and man enough to admit when he mistakenly crosses them.
Harris tweeted an apology Friday for twice using the word "tranny" - of course, a frequently derogatory slang for "transvestite" - during a "Live With Kelly" segment Thursday, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Truly sorry for saying the word ‘tranny’ on Live this week. Twice!” Harris tweeted. "Should have been more thoughtful. Didn’t at all mean to offend.”
Harris was guest-hosting with Ripa, and the pair had just huffed some sulfur hexafluoride during a science experiment. It's "helium's evil twin" and makes the voice go noticeably deeper, which got Harris to imitate one of "Silence Of The Lambs" villain Bufffalo Bill's famously creepy lines, "Put the lotion in the basket."
After his voice hit its normal pitch again, Harris remarked "I've never sounded more like a tranny in my life."
“It’s heartening to see a celebrity of Harris’ stature recognize and apologize for using the slur in such a timely manner, and for greater media attention being paid to its use," a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.
"Many people do not realize that the word ‘tr*nny’ is one of the most hurtful and dehumanizing slurs that transgender people hear. Most transgender people associate that word with personal experiences of violence, hatred and derision.”
To see the experiment itself, check out the clip below.