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01/07/2011 09:21 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Roger Ebert Apologizes For Using N-Word In Tweet

Roger Ebert apologized Thursday after facing heated criticism for using the n-word in a tweet on Wednesday.

The famed film critic used the word in a Wednesday tweet that linked to a story about the removal of the n-word from a recent version of "Huckleberry Finn." The word has been replaced by "slave," a fact Ebert referenced in the tweet (edited screengrab below):

Ebert's use of the word prompted a fierce backlash on Twitter. Some pointed out that, as a white man, Ebert is unlikely to be called either word.

On Thursday, Ebert posted another tweet, apologizing and linking to a blog post criticizing him (edited screengrab below):