- Dog the Bounty Hunter has responded to claims that he is racist.
- Speaking to ET, he addressed a leaked phone call recorded him using the N-word in 2007.
- He said he “thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter defended his past use of the N-word during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Speaking with ET’s Kevin Frazier, Dog — whose birth name is Duane Chapman — addressed his daughter Bonnie Chapman’s allegations that he is racist and homophobic.
In a statement shared on Facebook on August 24, Bonnie said she wasn’t invited to her father and his fiancée Francie’s wedding because of her participation in Black Lives Matter demonstrations with her new show, “The System,” which profiles police misconduct and follows protests against white supremacy in policing.
She also accused Duane and Francie of attending “right-wing churches attacking gay people and advancing QAnon theories.”
Duane’s new show, “Dog Unleashed,” was dropped in March after an investigation found that he used “racial and homophobic epithets to attack young African American kids” who starred alongside Bonnie in the “The System,” Unleashed TV said in a statement to ET.
“I have never been a racist. I’m 33.5 percent Apache. But because of over 15 years ago, I have an Achilles’ heel because I used the wrong word,” Duane told ET, referencing a leaked phone call in 2007 about his son’s girlfriend. Chapman used a racist slur more than six times during the call, according to the publication.
Chapman added that he “thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem.”
“I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending time, 18 months in Texas and it was probably three-fourths from the Black tribe. So that was a word that we used back and forth, as maybe a compliment,” he said. “My pass expired for using it but no one told me that.”
When asked about his daughter’s claim that he is homophobic, he said: “I have three men on my staff that are gay. My daughter is gay, Baby Lyssa. I don’t understand why anybody would ever say that.”
To which Frazier responded: “Remember proximity does not mean that you are not racist or homophobic.”
“Would I die for a gay man or a Black man? I would lay down my life,” Duane said.