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‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Slammed For Using N-Word in Tweet About Sean Hannity

”This wasn’t okay. You know better, you should do better,“ one social media user responds to Simon’s remarks

David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” is being slammed for using the N-word in a tweet about Sean Hannity.

Simon was weighing in on the upcoming Donald Trump town hall where he is set to address the issues facing African-Americans. The event will be hosted by Hannity on Wednesday.

“Hannity my n—-,” he tweeted, without the dashes. “If they couldn’t get Ta-Nehisi or Deray to host, then who but you on the pulse of black America?”

Social media users were quick to blast Simon, telling him he was “out of line”  and he should “know better.”


Simon later tried to explain his remarks, saying his tweet was supposed to intentionally mock “the misuse of a white Fox interlocutor to address black issues.” Many understood the intended sarcasm, but some also objected to his use of the word — saying it doesn’t matter whether it is spelled with “-er” or “-a” at the end.

“The Wire,” about Baltimore drug dealers and the cops who pursue them, ran from 2002 to 2008 on HBO and has been widely praised for its look at how institutions from schools to newspapers have failed urban communities.

Apart from “The Wire,” Simon’s other credits include “Show Me a Hero” and the recently-announced show, “The Deuce,” on which he will serve as writer and executive producer.

Simon’s reps have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.