Former Journey star Steve Perry has taken aim at comedienne Sarah Silverman for suggesting he used a racist slur to describe her humour.
Silverman refused to name names in her interview with Playboy magazine, but hinted that the "onetime lead singer of a very popular band from the 1980s" was Perry, joking, "I’ll just say this: After that, I stopped believin’," which the rocker took as a reference to Journey hit Don’t Stop Believin’.
She claimed the mystery man approached her after a show and said, "You’re my favourite comedian - you have the best n**ger jokes."
But Perry wasn't laughing when he read the article, insisting he has never used the "n-word".
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I’m really shocked. She was so friendly and so nice. I don’t understand why she would go there, it’s so bizarre. I don’t use that word, are you kidding? That’s so derogatory.
"I walked up to her after the show and I said, 'I can’t believe that somehow you seem to be getting away with all these slurs and the n-word, I just can’t believe how you’re doing this,' and I looked at my friend and I said, 'I can’t believe how she’s getting away with this,' and she looked at me and kind of smiled. It wasn’t like I was condemning her or condoning her."
But Perry has no plans to boycott the outrageous comedienne's shows: "You’ve gotta see her show because she uses every ethnic slur known to man that historically has been very unforgivable."