Radio broadcaster Alan Jones, who maintains an immense audience on station 2GB despite being powered by little more than Boomer rage, has expressed his regret for dropping the N-word during a live broadcast. Again.

The slur came this morning as Jones was discussing the Coalition‘s ongoing leadership scrap, not like the context really matters.

The [N-word] in the woodpile here, if one can use that expression, and I’m not going to yield to people who tell us that certain words in the language are forbidden, the person who’s playing hard to get is Mathias Cormann,” Jones said.

For all of us whose everyday vocabulary doesn’t include patently racist rhetoric and antiquated idioms: the woodpile phrase is reportedly an olde-timey and justifiably relegated saying implying a hidden threat.

Jones pretty much instantly drew backlash from people with both working ears and brains, who roundly lambasted the 77-year-old on social media. It was there Jones called his usage of the slur a mistake, but stopped short of actually apologising for it.

It’s not the first time he’s used that saying, either. He’s dropped it multiple times in the past decade. 

Expect to hear Jones complain about being silenced, and moan about apparent free speech restrictions, on his massively popular and widely broadcast radio show tomorrow.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
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