I mean come on, she didn't say it in even in the 21st century. Nor in the 1990s. We're talking about the 1980s. We live in an era today where the "n word" is so loathed that if an older television show (like "In The Heat of the Night") from the late 1980s has it that in reruns they edit the word out. But back in the 1980s it was far, far, far more commonly used by nearly everyone in every context possible. So why are they busting her chops for something said three decades ago?