Wait. Is this a joke?
TMZ created a poll to ask readers how it should "refer to black people." We had to do a double take -- and then a triple take -- before finally being convinced that this was real:
Yes, this really happened.
TMZ posed the question in a post about Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight saying that he does not like being called "African American" and that he believes there are certain circumstances when it is acceptable to use the n-word. Reactions to the poll on Twitter were just as we would expect:
TMZ asks readers to vote: "Refer to black people as: African American or Ni**a" pic.twitter.com/RiuYyUJZli— Kia Makarechi (@Kia_Mak) December 16, 2013
Tmz black folk poll, what to refer to blk folks as..1afrcn amercn or 2 the N word ..whats ur vote @tmz— WRBT..BlackTalkRadio (@blacktlkradio) December 16, 2013
@tmz Really? You have a poll online asking if black people should be called Ni@@a or African American?— Shaun (@salthebean) December 16, 2013