ALF, the racist?

N-word outburst on YouTube

Eighties family sitcom ALF has found itself at the centre of an unlikely racism storm, after footage emerged of the puppet star dropping the N-bomb.

A video of outtakes from the show has been posted on the internet in which creator and puppeteer Paul Fusco uses the taboo word several times as they prepare for a scene.

He was, apparently, spoofing an episode of LA Law, which featured a character with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Steve Lamar, an associate producer of the show, told gossip website TMZ, ‘You’re talking about 20 years ago when the world was not so ridiculously PC. Anyone that’s offended needs to lighten up already.’

ALF – which stood for Alien Life Form – revolved around a cat-eating, wiseguy alien who ended up living with a suburban family and ran for four series from 1986 to 1990

Here is the footage, which stars playing at the 4’40” mark, when the outburst occurs:

Published: 29 Dec 2010

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