Dog the Bounty Hunter has experienced more than a little family drama as of late. One of the most severe allegations is of him being racist and homophobic, something his own daughter, Bonnie, corroborated. On Wednesday during an interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier, Dog attempted to set the record straight.
“I have never been a racist. I’m 33 1/2 percent Apache,” he explained. When Frazier asked why he even used the slurs at all, Dog issued a reply. Claiming he had a “pass” for using it and treating it as a compliment, he explains his reasoning.
“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem,” adding that he has an “Achilles heel. I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending 18 months in Texas, and it was probably three-quarters from the Black tribe. So, that was a word that we used back and forth as maybe a compliment. My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that. To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
Understandably, Frazier wasn’t satisfied with this response. He told Dog if you use the word, and use it regularly, it makes you a racist. Dog countered he has more black friends than Eminem, but Frazier pointed out that’s the proximity argument. It’s basically saying “I have a lot of friends, so I’m okay with black people.”
Further on in the conversation, Dog addressed the homophobic claims too. “I have three people on my staff that are gay men. My daughter [Lyssa] is gay. I don’t understand why anybody would ever say that.” Once again, Frazier mentions the proximity argument.
Becoming emotional, Dog responds “would I die for a gay man or a black man? I’d lay down my life.” Dog seems genuine, but there’s no denying his misuse of the language and why people would jump to conclusions.
Cecily Chapman Explains Why She Thinks Dog Didn’t Invite Bonnie And Her To His Wedding
One of the biggest sources of strife within the Chapman family as of late is Dog reportedly not inviting his two daughters, Cecily and Bonnie, to his wedding. Though Dog claims he did invite the two, Cecily denies it and offers her own reasoning for the omission.
“What I’m seeing personally is that my dad is having a hard time dealing with the fact that maybe he’s not gonna be able to replace my mom and that maybe I and Bonnie bring out a lot from my mom and that he sees our mom in us,” she told TMZ.
“I feel like that scares him. Yes, he can move on, yes he can get married again — that’s not the problem. I think he’s just scared that we remind him too much of our mother.”
As it turns out, Cecily may have been correct, as Dog apparently did not invite the two, claiming it would disrupt the wedding.