Duane “Dog” Chapman, famed bounty hunter and star of A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter, now finds himself on the other side of the fence as a group of hardcore white supremacists have reportedly placed a bounty on his head.
At the root of the supremacists’ anger towards Chapman is the public apology he made for using the N-word repeatedly during a phone conversation with his son, Tucker. As it turned out, Tucker had taped the conversation without Chapman knowing, and subsequently sold it to the National Enquirer. The tabloid posted the conversation on their website, giving virtually anyone the opportunity to hear Chapman as he berated his son for dating an African-American woman by the name of Monique Shinnery.
Since the conversation was made public, Duane Chapman has apologized repeatedly, most recently appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live.
Ironically, his apologies have gotten him into more trouble, this time landing him on the bad side of members of the Aryan Nation, who apparently want to teach him a lesson for caving in to the pressure and apologizing to the black community.
“Chapman told me himself that there was a bounty on his head from the white Aryan Nations,” Niger Innis, a spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, told The Globe. “They don’t believe he is demonstrating enough white pride… Chapman’s not only upset black America with his ugly taped talk, he’s now drawn the wrath of the white supremacists too.”
Innis also told the tabloid that the white supremacists want Duane Chapman dead, and that they’re offering $75,000 to anyone who will carry out the job.
Aside from the alleged bounty on his head, Chapman is also facing the possibility of losing his show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, which has been pulled off the airwaves indefinitely. He also continues to face accusations that he is racist, with several people, including ex-wife Lyssa, former colleague Penny Munoz, and stepdaughter Nicole Gillespie, attesting to the claims.
Amidst the accusations, Chapman’s other son, Christopher, has come to his defense. Christopher told TMZ.com that he has only heard his father say the N-word “once or twice,” and that he has “a lot of friends that are black… [and] Mexican, plus he’s half-Indian himself.”
Even Innis, who at first said he was “outraged” and “offended” by Chapman’s racial slurs, seems convinced of the Bounty Hunter star’s claims that he is not racist.
“He gave me his life story essentially and he said he had lived his entire adult life trying to bridge the gap, if you will, between the races,” Innis told The Big Story Correspondent Douglas Kennedy, referring to the three-hour-long conversation he had with Chapman. “He moved his family out to Hawaii to be in a diverse racial environment. He has a black pastor within his church.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: World Entertainment News Network, Banderas News
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