Winners, N-Word Shenanigans at the Tony Awards


Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Courtney B. Vance are among last night’s 67th Annual Tony Award winners, which was held at Radio City Music Hall. Tyson won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for The Trip to Bountiful, and this is her first Tony ever at age 79, while Courtney B. Vance also snagged Best Performance by a Featured Actor in Lucky Guy.


Patina Miller won Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Pippin, and Billy Porter  won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots, which wracked up with a total of six awards and featured original music written by Cyndi Lauper.


However, because it seems to be a thing these days for the opening acts and other major performances in popular award shows to feature some sort of controversy, last night was not without tension. Host Neil Patrick Harris is being accused of using the n-word in reference to Mike Tyson, who was dancing along side him during a cameo. We listened and while it does sound like it could be the n-word, it’s not very clear. Watch and listen at about 3:28:

Harris denies that he used the word and took to twitter to defend himself:

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Again, it sounds like he said the word but it’s also not clear, so it’s not fair to sling mud. We think this is a misunderstanding because Harris should know better as a gay man. Plus, would he really be bold enough to use such a controversial word while standing next to Mike Tyson? Also, would Mike Tyson even go for something like that?

Eh…probably not.