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J-Lo faces gig demo over race hate claim.

SINGER Jennifer Lopez yesterday faced protests and accusations of racism as she gave a free concert in her home city of New York.

Black activists had already labelled the Latina star "trash" over her use of the word "nigger" on a song on her new album.

The song, I'm Real, said to be about her failed relationship with rap mogul Puff Daddy, caused a storm when it was first played on radio.

Yesterday, as she sang in New York's Rockefeller Plaza, protesters held up banners accusing her of racism.

One read: "J-Lo, tell your ghost singer she cannot say nigger either."

In the song, she sings: "People are always asking me what's up with so and so. I tell those niggers mind their business, but they don't hear me, though."

But in an interview with a TV station, she said: "You know, for anyone to think or suggest or say that I am racist is really absurd and hurtful to me.

"The use of the word in the song, which was written by John Raoul, was not meant to be hurtful to anyone in any way."

Lopez, wearing a huge diamond on her engagement finger, was interviewed alongside new love Chris Judd, a dancer.

But she refused to be drawn on marriage plans.

"I guess you have to wait and see," she said.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 14, 2001
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