Justin Timberlake called Madonna ‘mother chucking ninja” & Twitter freaked

Justin Timberlake

Madonna turned 56 years old on Saturday. She posted a bunch of party pics to her Instagram page. These were pretty tame images considering the source, so they weren’t interesting enough to post here. What’s causing controversy at the moment is related to Madonna, but the statement came out of Justin Timberlake’s mouth. He wished a happy birthday to “my motherchucking ninja.

Justin Timberlake

JT deleted the offending tweet when people started calling him out. Why? Because he was really dropping the n-word in disguise. Until recently, I didn’t know that “ninjas” was a code word for the n-word. It’s what the cool kids say to avoid getting in trouble for using the actual n-word. Jay-Z and Kanye West’s famous n-word song was covered by Katy Perry. She changed the lyrics to “Ninjas in Paris.” So I guess a lot of people realized what JT was really saying to Madonna, who is very fond of dropping the n-word as “a term of endearment.” Here are some of the replies that JT received for his tweet:

Justin Timberlake

I think “tread lightly, Robin Jr.” was my favorite reply to this madness. JT doesn’t have an image problem like Robin Thicke’s issues yet. I doubt Justin will ever have that big of an issue. JT has shown himself to be ignorant about rape. He also jokes about the homeless. People still buy his records. This latest kertuffle will probably wash right off Justin too. Is what he tweeted offensive?

Justin Timberlake

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  1. Lindy79 says:

    Is anyone else laughing at the third one:

    “Tread lightly Robin Jr”?

    He’ll get away with it, just like he did with Nipplegate, the homeless thing at his wedding. He’ll do an “I’m sorry you’re offended” bullshit message and time will move on (even though it shouldn’t and I hope he gets scissor kicked in the face).

  2. Nev says:

    Robin Jr!!!!!! bahahahahahhahahahaaaha.

  3. Anna says:

    Why don’t people just get that if you aren’t black don’t say ni**a????? (Or any variation of it?) Justin you should know better…..

    And @bedhead I don’t think the Robin Jr thing was in reference to him making insensitive comments about rape or being controversial it’s about him being a white man singing R&B music and (not as much anymore) being popular with the black community. That’s why that person called him Robin Jr cause people always thought Justin was a mini copycat Robin.. It’s just Justin got more popular but Robin did it better (before Robin got creepy). Plus Robin always seemed more authentic.

    • Min says:

      Robin Thicke is annoying and I’m happy he has almost no career anymore. Justin was always more authentic and overall better.

    • V4Real says:

      This isn’t any ground breaking news, my ninja has been used since the 90′s and started in the urban communities as a way for Blacks to use the N word without saying it. Let’s not pretend JT came up with this now.

      Anna I agree with you 100% about Robin. I know most C/B readers think Thicke is just a one hit wonder but the man has been popular in the R&B community for years. He also has written songs for other artists. I’m willing to bet a lot of readers haven’t heard of Trey Songz and he’s one of the hottest R&B artist still making hit songs. So yes Thicke was doing his thing while JT was still doing his Bye Bye Bye jitter bug with Nsync

      • Anna says:

        @V4Real finally someone on this site recognizes this!!!!! Robin was doing the R&B thing and earning his spot in that genre and world while Justin was still in NSYNC. With Robin it always seemed more legit and everyone in that world seemed to like him better as well. I also agree about the Trey Songz point, I wish readers listened to him and similar artists as well because that world and all their drama is so much fun

      • Trillion says:

        I’ve only ever heard jugaloos call themselves this.

      • Sozual says:

        I bought Trey Songz latest album. I am disappointed he hangs with Chris Brown. Also, yes Robin Thicke was huge in the black community, before he cheated on his wife.

      • sdlove says:

        well, unfortunately the word ninja has also been used to simply describe being stealth…and i think it should continue in use as that word. It’s a reference obviously to ninja warriors and was around as a term long before the ninja substitute for ni***r.

        And my teen kids here the N word constantly in all the music played on basically every freakin’ radio station today. sure, they mute it out but you know what they are saying. And that’s not including youtube, social media of all forms, etc.

        As mentioned, it should not be used in music with such abandon and only to make money in the industry. What a joke.

        funny, I didn’t even know it was a sub for the N word when my kids were saying it. I thought it was more like ‘my homie.’

        whatever, i cannot spend my entire life policing my thoughts and vocabulary to be sure that i’m aligned with the latest terms of pc that contradict what pop culture chooses to do.
        exhausting. I don’t, however, have any use for the N word and don’t see why anyone does.

    • snowflake says:

      i dont get why anyone would use the word. I thought it’s offensive? so why would anyone want to call themselves a derogatory name?

    • Ciru says:

      I had this exact conversation with an African American friend, where I told him that i didn’t think ANYONE should use the N-word. His response? That even though I’m a black person, I’m from Africa, born and bred, so I wouldn’t really ‘get it’. I have an almost visceral distaste for that word, no matter who says it.

  4. Nhi says:

    So just bc Katy Perry said it as a translation to Kanye’s & Carter’s song it’s the norm now? I always joke I’m a ninja with my hubs when we work out, so now it’s offensive also??

    • Lindy79 says:

      I think, and anyone feel free to correct me, it’s all about the context.
      He’s clearly using it as a replacement word for something else, knowing exactly what he’s doing.

      I use ninja in terms of saying something like “stealthy, like a ninja”. Never realised it could be used like that.

    • Clever hand says:

      OMG. Obviously not the same thing. At all.

    • MrsB says:

      Agree. I call my 6 yr. old son “my little ninja” all the time because he loves ninjas and he loves to be called a ninja. I’m not going to stop calling him that just because of a Katy Perry song. I didn’t realize she had that much power to create a whole new meaning behind an innocent word.

      • menlisa says:

        Stop being obtuse.
        It’s the context it is being used in.
        Calling someone a ninja to replace calling them the n-word is OFFENSIVE.
        Calling someone a ninja in regards to a person skilled in ninjutsu or is interested in becoming one IS NOT.

        What he said was purely offensive, and it sickens me that some of you are defending him.

      • MrsB says:

        No, I’m serious. Do I need to censor myself when I’m out in public with him, and not call him “my ninja” as I have so often in the past because somebody might hear and assume the worst? After all, no strangers will know he loves ninjas. When I was growing up, a ninja was something cool, a compliment, that’s it. It had no other meaning; maybe JT meant it as the n word, maybe he didn’t. Personally, I don’t think there is any other word that CAN replace the n word.

        There are plenty of other things going on in the world, and in our own backyards to get outraged over, but this? If this is the worst thing you have to be outraged over today, then you have it pretty good.

      • Catriona says:

        What. No. Like cleverhand stated, he was referencing a song which clearly was referring to the n word. And please, if “that’s all you have to get riled up about” is used as a counter in every argument, then why even get involved in the conversation? It also doesn’t make the issue less problematic.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I don’t think it’s because Perry said it, she was just an example. It’s been used that way for a while, long before she did it.

  5. Belle Epoch says:

    Am I the only person who can’t stand JT?

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Ugh I can’t stand him. He does seem to get away with a lot.

  7. Miffy says:

    Oh for the love of…

    Do people wake up in the morning trying to find things to be offended by?

  8. BadAssCompass says:

    I did not know ninja was a code word for the n-word until know, but then again, I’m from Europe, we joke around with ninja as the term for something cool and awesome, you know, the ninjas?

  9. LIVEALOT says:

    I rather be a “ninja”, then a “ni**a”" so there’s that.

  10. InvaderTak says:

    Wait what? Since when did ninja refer anything other than an incognito, super sneaky assassin? Never heard that one. I don’t listen to KP so I had no idea she changed the lyrics like that. If that’s the reason for it now being racist that’s insane. Ninjas were part of Asian history and culture for centuries. If anyone should be offended it should be them because their term got appropriated by morons and now means something it never should have.

    • akivasha says:

      I just learned this too right now. what I got from his tweet is was talking about ninjas…”Mother Chucking Ninja” I see Madonna dressed as a ninja using nunchucks and she is a mom…I am being serious that THIS is what I first thought and giggled because I thought it was cute…

  11. ataylor says:

    Pfft. I didn’t even KNOW that’s what it meant now. I use the word Ninja all the time, but I mean it “Stealthy-Suprise-Attack-Warrior” styles.

    I’m getting old.

  12. jessica6 says:

    Weren’t Justin’s 15 minutes up….about ten years ago?

    Is it just me, or is he really not very attractive?

  13. Talie says:

    I don’t like him, but wow, can people stop being offended at the littlest thing. Social Media has made people so f*cking prudish about everything!

  14. Cait says:

    Oh, good grief. Really? REALLY?! Ninja is offensive now? What’s next? Nana? Nutella? If I say “What’s up, nova?” to my friend, am I being offensive? I mean… ANYTHING can be taken out of context. This is taking it too far. My 6 year old son likes to pretend he’s a ninja. Do I have to now explain to him that saying “ninja” is offensive? Give me a break. Whether you hate JT or not, THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

    • ORLY says:

      Ninja is not offensive. The context in which it was used by JT was offensive.
      I literally laughed out loud when you mentioned nana as possibly offensive because I know someone who substituted ni**a with nana all the time. I wish she wouldn’t, I like the word nana.

  15. K says:

    People are really losing sight of the contex here. It’s NOT about sneaky assassins or what you call your kids. Justin has always been a wannabe, douche-tastic a**hat.

  16. maybeiamcrazy says:

    I will just stop talking just in case since every other word is offensive these days… If we stretch it hard enough and accept Katy Perry as a trendsetter (ugh), it can be offensive but… do we really need to create new offensive words even though we can’t even prevent the usage of the old ones? Things like this are the reason why PC is sometimes considered as an insult.

    • pretty says:

      do you not understand the word “context”? can you not grasp the concept of it or what? it’s clearly not about the word “ninja” itself that is offensive, it’s the intention behind it, what he meant when he typed that word. did he mean some Japanese ninja? or was it like some commenters here said, a replacement of n word?

      • menlisa says:

        Spot on pretty.

        The amount of people defending him is appalling.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        Do we know he meant the n-word or is it just an assumption because there are some people out there who “uses” the word ninja as an offensive term? Maybe JT really meant ninja by saying ninja. Although I like some of his songs, I wouldn’t be defending him if I didn’t find this scandal ridiculous. I am a PC person. I don’t use the words that might offend minorities because that is the way it should be. But you guys are talking about his “intentions” like you know him.

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        @pretty, Lets’ think for a minute about what you said. people’s intentions…sometimes bad intentions may be obvious, but I seriously doubt JT intended to be racially insensitive, he was merely using language that is acceptable in his sphere of influence. JT obviously works with and is close to many African American musicians and artists. Madonna is obviously a part of that same realm of influence. Within their tight circle of successful musical artists, this would actually be seen more as a term of endearment as a close friend than as any kind of racial slam. If we saw an African American musician come out and condemn JT for these comments, it would be a different story, but I believe within their social circle –especially coming from one friend to another, this would be seen as perfectly acceptable. As someone else said upthread, if this is all we have to get excited about, if we cannot find something of real importance to get outraged about, then we need to re-evaluate!

    • Catriona says:

      He was referencing a song and HE replaced the n word with ninja. Now if he had said happy birthday ninja! Or happy birthday ninja turtle, THEN there would be nothing offensive about it, gets?

  17. Godwina says:

    Ninja = n-word code? I did not know this! Gah, will have to be careful.

  18. thedarklady says:

    When I read the title I thought what in sweet heaven is that? A MOFO?
    I don’t know the context behind this tweet so don’t know if he is being offensive or not. But what I do know is this – JT is an insensitive, jumped up, little twat with terrible hats, dance moves and music. He also seems to get a free pass for everything. He’s actually considerably more annoying then Beiber as he is far more mature and intelligent.

  19. Adrien says:

    Does he really have to say that to Madge publicly just to sound hip? There are a million funny ways to greet a friend. Mother chucking ninja? Really? PC thing aside, he sounds patronizing. Like he was pandering to Madonna by greeting her with some words he thought were badass words kids say these days.

  20. Jen says:

    blah blah, any other words I’m “not allowed” to say?! ridiculous.

  21. Isa says:

    Add me to the list of people that didn’t knor it was a code word.

  22. pretty says:

    but why did he delete his tweet if he really innocently meant ninja as that ninja we all think of?

    it doesnt matter if it’s people over-reacting and going out of their way to find things to be offended about. If he used that word to mean something other than ninja, he is in wrong here.

  23. OriginallyBlue says:

    Cannot say that I am surprised by the willful ignorance on this thread. It has nothing to do with Katy Perry or actual ninjas, it very much has to do with context. As someone else already posted people are going to ignore that fact and whine about people being easily offended or the way in which they use it so it’s totally not a big deal.

    • K says:


    • Soporificat says:

      Seriously. I just can’t believe people are this stupid that they don’t know what JT really meant to say. It is so obvious. I mean, when they were kids didn’t they ever try to get away with swearing by substituting words? Everybody knew exactly what you were trying to do. For example:
      “you cork-sucking ice hole” “you mother-fargin bastages” ummmm, technically I am not swearing, but damn it sure sounds bad, lol!

      • Wren33 says:

        Reading that, I was honestly confused and had no idea he was trying to get away with replacing n*((a with something else. I have never heard that substitution before in my life. Now, after reading about the context, I fully believe that JT knew what he was doing, but I don’t think people were being willfully obtuse by not understanding why “ninja” is offensive.

      • ataylor says:

        Nope. Sorry. It’s not so obvious. When I heard there was an uproar over his tweet, I thought it was over the muther-chucking part. Because why in the world, and IN MY MIND, would it ever occur to me that the word “Ninja” would be used as a replacement for the “n-word?”.

        The meaning (or replacement meaning) is LOST to people who are not “hip” to that slang. It’s not that everyone is defending him (maybe some are) it’s the assumption that “everyone should know” what he meant.


        I don’t listen to rap. I don’t listen to hip-hop. I can’t name a single JayZ song other than “Crazy in Love” and that’s only because Beyonce sang it. I don’t listen to Urban radio stations or read Urban blogs. I don’t hang out with teenagers and my black friends and relatives don’t use that word either. No one I know has been using “Ninja” as a substitute word. Ever.

        So no, it’s not that obvious. Until I read this thread it would have never crossed my mind that, THAT’S what he meant. And I’ll bet that most of my friends have no idea what the uproar is about either (if they’ve even noticed).

      • Soporificat says:

        That’s fine, and honestly the first time I saw the tweet I didn’t understand what he was trying to do, either. Ninjas are cool, after all.

        What I’m referring to is all the people in the comments who are complaining about “over sensitivity” and “overreaching” when Bedhead just explained in her piece that ninja is meant to stand in for the N word. Once it is pointed out to you it is very, very obvious.

        Also, it’s worth pointing out that the “tell” that JT is not referring to actual ninjas is the “mother” part. That lets you know that the “chucking” part is not referring to numchucks, and that the ninja part probably isn’t referring to ninjas, either. If he had said “numchucking ninja” then I would totally believe he meant that she is an awesome ninja.

      • Lee says:

        Yes! All of this exactly!

      • ataylor says:

        Yeah. No. Using the “mother” part in front of the chucking would NOT have triggered instant knowledge of its double meaning as I have actually used the description “shes like a mother f***king ninja!” myself many times as a celebratory phrase of a job well done (I have a bit of a potty mouth as I grew up among mostly male relatives and friends) as well as “were doin it ninja-style” when plotting surprises with my Bff…among other more colorful combinations

        So no. The “mother” part would not have been a clue or “tell” for me either. I have quite the talent in applying that word to the most benign things…

        Im sure that JT knew what it meant, being so involved in the music world and collaborating with hip hop artists, but for the rest of us ordinary folk, its not so simple and clear.

        Is there like a LIST available somewhere? (No joke) because I cant imagine ninja being the only replacement word out there…

      • Catriona says:

        +10000000 @soporificat and @originallyblue

        It’s all about using your head and being smart enough to know when something is being used in a derogatory manner. In this case, JT was, he was referencing a song and replaced the n word with ninja, it’s the context. Also, the fact that he deleted the tweet so quickly, like another poster mentioned, speaks volumes. If he meant ninja, he would see no need to delete the tweet.

  24. eliza says:

    This seems a ridiculous scandal to me. I am pretty up on terms etc and I knew nothing about “ninja” having other meanings.

    Everyday someone is offended. Next thing we know, puppy will become an offensive term to someone. Good grief. People need to concentrate on more important things other than policing EVERY single word or comment a person makes, plus celebrities need to STFU. If you are on social media or a blabby Betty, you will eventually insert foot in mouth and someone will be pissed.

    • pretty says:

      actually a word puppy COULD become offensive if some party started to use that word with an malicious intention.

      you know a racist word “gook”, right? it was started by US military soldiers during korean war. this word gook literally means a nation in Korea. America is called “mee gook”, China is “joong gook”, England is “young gook”, so and so, now the US soldiers heard koreans saying it and they started to use this to belittle them and mock them. now it has become a general racist term for Asians. it is all about the context. NOT the word itself.

      • ataylor says:

        Yep. Any word has the potential to become a slur. I learned that when visiting Northern Florida. Apparently there is a large population of people that proudly self-identify as “crackers” mainly because they have been raising and working with a type of bovine called “Florida Cracker Cattle” that is exclusive to the northern florida/southern georgia region for generations. The name cracker derived from the sound the whips made as the cowboys would move their herds from the tall grassy marshes across swamp-like fields.

        Now, for those of us that do not frequent rodeos, ranches and farms in the deep south very often, its very jarring at first to hear “cracker” used so freely, I mean, we’ve been conditioned to assume the worst when that word is brought up as a slur to describe a person of Anglo decent.

        And ironically usage of that word is not exclusive as a description of someone belonging to the Anglo population, that word was used by black and latino cattle wranglers/cowboys as self-identification as well and has been used since around the same timeperiod when Florida Cracker Cattle were imported to FL by the Spaniards from abroad.

        Have no idea how it went from that… to being a slur for the rest of the nation.

    • Soxfan says:

      Just because YOU have never heard the word being used that CONTEXT (I suggest the willingly obtuse people on this board look up the word CONTEXT), doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

      • eliza says:

        Thank you for being rude. I do not come here to argue, fight or be rude to others. It is fine to disagree with me but you do NOT have to be rude and nasty in the process.

        Please do not insult my intelligence either. It negates any point you are trying to make. I am well aware of what context means.

      • Catriona says:

        She wasn’t being rude. Please do see that she is trying to make a point about understanding context because if you did, it would be hard to see how someone can be so nonchalant about JT’s obvious use of the word as a replacement for the nword and trying to get away with it, but if you still don’t see it that way, agree to disagree.

  25. ToodySezHey says:

    Eh, it happens. That’s what happens when some white folks get too comfortable I guess.

    No one doubts that Eminem is as ‘down’ as can be, yet for all the offensive and controversial things he has said over the years, He’s never dropped the N word

  26. Josefa says:

    When it comes to the n-word I just don’t know what to think anymore. I’m not defending the use of it at all, but… if it really is all about context, why were so many people strongly against a white lawyer using that word when quoting Kanye’s lyrics in a f*cking legal procedure?

    The fascination Americans have developed with their language is very interesting. I don’t see that happening at all here in Latin America. People can get a lot of sh*t for dropping a slur, but never on that level. There’s no unpronounceable words here.

    • ataylor says:

      Yep. I’ve noticed that too. The Spanish version of the n-word is “mayate” but no one flips out over it like they do here in the US like the n-word. Being extremely P.C. language-wise is deeply ingrained in the US culture. My friend from Sydney has told me that the “c-word” is used frequently and not as offensive like it is here. She used it once here (before she was familiar with US attitude towards that word) in a casual conversation with another aussi friend and she said she had never experienced such vitrol from a complete stranger who was evesdropping on her conversation, over its use.

  27. Khm says:

    OMG! I just realized why the people that worked at the front desk of a hotel we lived in thought I was a horrible person. We were staying at a Residence Inn after we moved cross country and we were waiting for our new place to be ready. We were there for a month over the summer with our almost 4 year old son. There were a lot of other families with young children staying there as well. We were on the second floor and there was a family with two or three young kids staying in the room above us. They were LOUD. It was a two bedroom suite and I think the kids practiced their karate/martial arts moves in the room above ours by jumping from the bed to the floor. It happened all night long for at least a week. One day I was at the front desk talking to the manager about something unrelated and she asked how our room was. I said it was great except for the ninjas that were in the room above us. I went on to say….”And they aren’t stealthy ninjas!”

    After that there was a considerable change in the staff’s attitude towards me. I was making a joke about the kids above me being loud (because kids can be and particularly if they are cooped up in a hotel room for weeks on end) and I think they thought I was making a derogatory reference to the family above us. I have no idea if they were black white, or anything else. Now this was two years ago and I was 38 years old and not that in touch with Katy Perry songs or youth culture/slang. However, people routinely think I am in my early to mid 20′s so they may have thought I was younger than I was and figured I knew what I was talking about.

    I should also mention that I have a significant hearing loss and some accents are hard for me to understand. I grew up in LA so I can understand some accents without any problems (Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Southern US because of friends and family members), but others are a challenge for me with the hearing loss (didn’t hear them when I was young so they didn’t get imprinted on my brain before the hearing loss). I would always say hello, good morning, etc. to the staff when I saw them. One day a young Polish girl asked me a few questions. She was the quiet sort and had a strong accent. I smiled and nodded and tried to understand what she was saying but couldn’t. I just said “ok” and “thank you”.

    So I’m sure they all thought I was a rude racist.

  28. Black Veronica Lake says:

    Hmmm.. I’m black and didn’t know that was code for the N word. Too much. I’m not offended. Kanye West said the N word 35 or 40 times in his last album alone. It’s stupid to say some can and others can’t. Stop saying period. Stupid.

  29. FingerBinger says:

    JT was trying to be cool. I seriously doubt he was trying to offend anyone.

  30. Keiley says:

    My word. Some of you are putting the “b*tchy” in celebitchy this morning. No need to be so hard on fellow commenters. No matter what your opinion on this matter may be, this is not a defining moment in history like, say, the turmoil that’s been taking place in Ferguson, MO for the past week. Either way Timberlake’s job is to sell records. He’s not the smartest chip in the cookie and he said something stupid. It’s not that serious. Calm down.

  31. MyCatLoves TV says:

    Can’t anybody just call another person or private message another person anymore? Does everybody have to post private thoughts on public media? Ugh.

  32. maybeiamcrazy says:

    You know, I do sometimes wonder if there are many minorities that feels actually offended by words like “ninja”. I am not talking about saying the n-word or any other racist slur openly but these kind of words, the made up ones. It most of the time feels like white people getting on their white horses, saving the day and basking the glory. Because they are so thoughtful and considerate and they’ll let you know it in every small way possible. I am white, i don’t mean to generalise. Of course not everyone is like that.

    Everybody’s talking about the “context” as if they were right next to JT while he was sending the tweet. Because it would be inexpicable if he used the word “ninja” to mean …gasp “ninja”

  33. Patty says:

    Can we please stop bitching and moaning about the right to use the word Ninja. Nobody was calling JT out because he referred to Madonna as a ninja. He was being called out and he deleted the tweet because everyone with half a brain knows damn well that he said motherchucking ninja as code for motherfucking n*gga. Both JT and Madonna have a history of using the word; so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what he meant.

    If you want to call your kids ninjas or make jokes about someone being ninja like, nobody gives a crap. But in this case it’s clear that JT was trying to be sneaky and clever. And since he is a total douche/ PAB he isn’t fooling anyone.

    And I’m over people complaining about other people calling people out on their bs.

  34. AlmondJoy says:

    Ninja has been used for years as a substitute for the n-word. It is very obvious and easy to tell when someone is using it in that context. If you didn’t know, now you do 😊 Once again, it’s all about CONTEXT. No need to be outraged if you havent used the word in that way.

    Also, I really hate when subjects like this come up here 😞 Everyone’s experience with certain words is different, depending on the community you grew up in and the environment you find yourself in at the moment. I am not upset with people that didnt realize the context of JT’s comment. But I think it’s pretty weird that people take things over the top or call others overly sensistive once they share their own experience with the word. When hearing something new, don’t call it ridiculous. Accept the fact that people think and feel differently than you. Gosh I hope I’m making sense lol.

    Lastly, I find it problematic that JT feels comfortable using “ninja” in a public setting, makes me almost sure that he uses the actual n-word in private.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I think it’s good that people know now.
      I just disagree with this: “It is very obvious and easy to tell when someone is using it in that context.” I honestly had NO idea. NONE. Of course now that I know I cannot unsee it, but when I first read the header, I thought people were upset about “mother-chucking” being offensive.

      I wish that some of the people on this board who seek to educate others could find a way to do so without hurling insults or being patronizing about it. That kind of behavior isn’t very conducive to a productive discussion.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Hey K! Thanks love!

      TOK, Hey! Thanks for your response. I’m in agreement with you. It is important to teach others without being offensive. I’m an elementary school teacher, so I hope it’s a strong suit of mine! Also, I need to make a correction to my comment. I was trying to say that if you’ve heard it used in that context (which is an every day thing for me) it was obvious and easy to see the way in which he was using the word. I should have been more specific. But like yourself, many people had no idea that he was using a code word. Thanks so much for being open to find out how things, instead of immediately dismissing them as silly or oversensitive.

    • Sorry says:

      Don’t agree. I don’t see an issue.

    • Amy says:

      Since he didn’t use it in any bad way, I can’t see anything racist about it.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      TOK, thank you so much!! 😊😊😊

      Sorry and Amy: Thats understandable, it’s your right to disagree. I was simply sharing my experience with the word, so I see it differently.

    • DarkSparkle says:

      I work in an office in downtown detroit, mostly women 22-40. In our workspace, we all greet each other “myyyy ninja.” We’re fairly equally split, 4 black girls 3 white girls. Nobody gets mad, nobody is offended. But everyone knows where the greeting is derived from, and we all know better than to say it when there are outsiders around. It’s been a thing for years.

      That said, there’s plenty of other terms of ‘endearment’ or whatever that he could’ve chose for a public message. That was lame. It didn’t even dawn on me as racist until I read the article, I though we were going to laugh at his pathetic attempt to talk like a dopey teenage coolkid.

      (Also, we have office limits as well. A girl slapped my beer out of my hand during Christmas party kareoke when I rapped the N word along with a song. (I’m white) I gaped at her, shocked, and she just shook her head NO. I said “seriously?” And she said “maybe in your car. Not here!” “Fair enough.”)

      TL:DR context and line crossing and public limits

  35. Zwella Ingrid says:

    Just be offended by everything and you will be good…

  36. I Choose Me says:

    *scratches head* ninja is code for n*gga? Is it a social media invention like thot? And if it is indeed code for the n-word, why on earth would he call Madonna that?

    I feel confused. And old.

  37. Mrs McCubbins says:

    Luxury issue! We could be in Iraq on the top of a mountain with ideological nujobs trying to kill us! But no! Lets get angry because JT called Madonna a ninja.

    • Catriona says:

      Hey, not for anything but please respect that other people with different experiences regarding racism and sensing that another person is using a very derogatory word and trying to get away with it by substituting it with another word yet still means the n word, is indeed offensive? I don’t think the derailing helps in trying to let people know how ignorant (JT in this case) people can get and there is absolutely no harm in making people more aware of how their words can STILL be ignorant.

  38. kcarp says:

    I had no idea that ninja meant something else. I am in my mid-thirties my god I am so out of touch.

  39. G says:

    Yeah I’m not shocked since the douche runs deep in this one. Justin, sweetie…you’re not black.

  40. LAK says:

    Well!!! I learnt something new today.

  41. Josefa says:

    This is an honest question that comes out of sheer ignorance and curiosity. Has this word, ninja, been used as a replacement of the n-word in a context of offending a third party, or just when a white person is singing along to a rap song? Because if that was the case, I don’t see how “ninja” is any different from literally saying “n-word”.

    I’m just playing devil’s advocate here, as someone who never heard the word being used in that context before.

    • Catriona says:

      Happiest birthday to my mother chucking n-word, is also pretty horrible. Now if you say the n-word in the context wherein you aren’t calling anyone the n word, there’s a difference. I’m not trying to start a fight or anything, I just see why people have a problem with what JT did

  42. Lauraq says:

    I call people, and myself, ninja all the time. Just because it’s fun. I’ve never heard of this before, and I’m not going to stop. I would never ever say the n word, because it’s foul. But you will never take away my ninja!

    BTW, I’ve never heard the n-word in Paris song or Katy’s cover on it, but would it be acceptable if Weird Al made a parody of it that was actually about actual ninjas running around Paris? Because I think that would be hilarious! And the music video…!!!