MTV casting never disappoints! Teen Mom star Catelynn Lowell (best known for not actually being a mom, having put her daughter Carly up for adoption) faced a lot of hate this weekend from her Twitter followers. The star, who recently set a wedding date with fiance Tyler Baltierra, posted a retweet that used the n-word. It gets thrown around a lot, and I bet we’ve all said it at some point, but doing so on Twitter is a huge no-no! Fans responded by pointing the finger of racism at the Michigan native. She quickly removed the tweet and responded, “Omg ppl really? Chill out! I’m not racist can anyone do anything right these days?”
You can decide for yourself whether or not a retweet containing questionable language constitute racism, but I think that, personal values aside, Catelynn is a public figure and should know by now to be careful about things like that! It doesn’t help that her family is portrayed as super back woods, small town, which is reminds us of the culture gap that exists in so many American cities. One of her followers responded wisely, “I love you and Tyler…but you RTd a racist slur :/ “
So which is it? A word that just exists in culture and has no racial implications, or a slur rooted in decades of division and hatred? Cate also tweeted, “No it’s called slang. I didn’t say ‘n–’ which I hate that word. I said ‘n—a’. Don’t judge me when you don’t know what I believe.” Does the difference exist? Whether it does or not, I think that Cate needs to watch what she says on Twitter. Obviously something as simple as a retweet has been blown up as her not only condoning the word, but being a racist! What do you guys think? Did Catelynn cross a line, or is she just being victimized by her overly-sensitive followers?