Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is getting married again today but not all of his family members will be in attendance.
In an exclusive interview with ET’s Kevin Frazier, the 68-year-old and his fiancée, Francie Frane, reveal why they did not invite Dog’s daughter, 22-year-old Bonnie Chapman, to their wedding.
“As hard as it is and as heartbreaking as it is, we had to make a decision that was very difficult for us,” Francie says of not inviting Bonnie to the wedding. “We’ve been through hell, him and I, in the past three years. …And I am not going to allow our day to be ruined by this nonsense.”
But Bonnie claims she did not get an invite to her dad’s big day because she is a supporter of Black Lives Matter.
“I have never been a racist,” Dog insists. “I’m 33.5 percent Apache. But because of over 15 years ago, I have an Achilles’ heel because I used the wrong word.”
Dog is referencing a phone call recorded by his son that leaked in 2007 and led to the cancelation of his show by A&E. Amid the call, Dog goes on a racist tirade about his son’s girlfriend, using the n-word over six times. Dog informed ET that the slur was used in his householdd all the time.
When asked by ET why he was using that word and racist language so freely, he replies, “I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem.”
“Who gave you this pass?” Kevin asks. Dog responds, “The brothers.”
Kevin follows up, “Who are the brothers?”
“I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending time, 18 months in Texas and it was probably three-fourths from the Black tribe. So that was a word that we used back and forth, as maybe a compliment,” he explains. “My pass expired for using it but no one told me that.”
Dog adds, “To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
Kevin replies, “If you use that word, if you use it in your regular everyday life, it makes you a racist.”
In addition to being accused of racism, Dog’s daughter also reveals he has used homophobic language in the past.
“She’s been fed what to say,” he says of Bonnie’s accusations. “I have three men on my staff that are gay. My daughter is gay, Baby Lyssa. I don’t understand why anybody would ever say that.”
“Remember proximity does not mean that you are not racist or homophobic,” Kevin replies.
“Would I die for a gay man or a Black man? I would lay down my life,” Dog says.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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