Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem
Tampa, Florida -- Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has denied recent accusations that he is a racist after an audio clip of him using the n-word surfaced on YouTube.
According to Clem, an ex-employee stole federally trademarked intellectual property- outtakes from studio recordings that he says were meant to be comical- and posted them to make him look like a racist.
The YouTube video shows nothing but a black screen as a vulgar version of a Vermont Teddy Bear advertisement (voiced by Clem) plays on. The advertisement says the bears are a "fun and original way" for men to express themselves to their loved ones on Valentines Day.
Expletives are heard throughout, but the use of the n-word comes later as Clem explains the different types of teddy bears offered.
The "Jungle Fever Bear", says the ad, is to be given when "your b*****" has sex with "n******s".
After emphasizing the originality of the teddy bears as a gift- calling them a "...creative and personal alternative to flowers..."- Clem's voice goes on to mention a woman and a "black n*****" engaging in rough sex.
10 News reached out to Clem Thursday night and he provided the following statement:
"I'm totally disgusted. This is complete bulls**t. I have an ex-employee who is trying to cover his own a** from illegal things he's done. He's stolen my federally trademarked intellectual property from years of outtakes where me and my African American friends were cutting up and having fun in the studio in private. I am the furthest thing from a racist. Everyone knows that. I make fun of everyone, and 9 times out of 10, I'm the brunt of the joke."
A friend and colleague of Clem's, Broderick Epps AKA 25 Cent, supports Bubba.
"I think this whole thing is ridiculous," said Epps. "It's just some of Bubba's haters again, trying to pick audio that he has said in the past, and he was joking with some people, some of his friends."
He said that anonymous person edited up older clips to make Bubba sound like a racist, but he believes Bubba is not a racist. Even after admitting they did not always get along even after working for Bubba for 10 years. Several months ago, their arugment made Epps quit.
"We resolved our argument and he asked me if I wanted to work with him again, so a few weeks ago I agreed to come back," said Epps. "As a black man I wouldn't work for a person who is remotely racist."
Clem's current employer, Cox Radio had not commented on this current issue.