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Lindsey Shaw

Age 24

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Editor

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? I find it very hard to believe. She’s worked so hard to be polished and professional. She’s much too smart to have said something like that.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? No. The fact that you’re Jewish isn’t what I’m mad at you about. If I were mad at my mother, for instance, I’d never shout, “You Norwegian fuck!”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? If I’m extremely angry, I turn red and stop talking. I was once mad enough to push over a dresser, but I was speechless while I was doing it.



Cindy Seenath

Age 20

Resides New Jersey

Occupation Telecommunications employee

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? Even if she did, it’s irrelevant now. It’s like saying that when you were a kid you tormented your brother. It’s a low blow.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? No, because I always consider how I’d feel if it happened to me. It’s inhuman. When we get cut, we all bleed.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? I try not to get mad, but I might have once said something to my sister like “You stupid bitch.”



Laura Christine Nelson

Age 23

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Actor

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? It’s possible, but it’s irrelevant. It’s a shitty thing to say, but look back 10 years in anyone’s life and there’ll be something they wish they hadn’t said. The media’s spinning this one.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? Not to a person’s face, but it’s fallen out of my mouth.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? I tend to say things like “You’re a sorry excuse for a human being” or “I shouldn’t be sharing the same air with you,” but in certain cases I’ve also said “stupid cunt.” It has the same satisfying phonetic value as “fuck.”



Cecil

Age 27

Resides Queens

Occupation Freelance garment organizer

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? It’s possible, but I don’t say that because I think she’s prejudiced. Anyone can say things when they’re angry.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? Yes, but if I did say something about someone’s race, it was because I felt they had feelings about mine.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? I try to be careful. I probably called someone a “piece of shit.”



Marcos Rivera

Age 35

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Advertising

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? Yes. She looks like she’s a little racist. She has a lot of questions to answer on the subject of race.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? I’m Hispanic. I get along with anybody. I only use curse words.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? The F-word, the B-word. The word “loser” has a lot of power when it’s being used to hurt.



Brent Miller

Age 20

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Web developer

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? Yes, she seems like the type of person who’d say crude things like that.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? No, never along ethnic lines. We live in New York City, which is a cultural melting pot.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? Something along the lines of “fucking whore.”



Kaela Larosa

Age 24

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Office manager

Do you think Hillary uttered a religious slur 26 years ago? Yes, but it may have been taken out of context. We’re saying those words right now, but we both know how we mean them.

Have you ever used an ethnic, religious, or racial slur? Yes.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone to his or her face? I said, “Grab yourself a razor blade and run a warm bath.”