It may sound ridiculous to rap fans, but some people are totally unaware of the existence of the album cut of Kanye West's 2005 hit "Gold Digger." ABC sitcom Black-ish hilariously pointed this phenomenon out in its season two premiere, when six-year-old Jack was given the greenlight to perform it at a school talent show, before getting shut down by his clueless teachers after uttering the obvious, uncensored conclusion to the line, "I ain't sayin' she a gold digger / but she ain't messin' with no broke n-" Oops!
Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin also apparently thought the "clean" version of the track — which covers the N-word by just repeating the word "broke" – was the only iteration out there. In December 2016, she threw some frosty Wasilla shade at the New York Times on Facebook, linking to an article about the paper's plans to downsize with the following commentary: "NYT, I ain't saying [sic] you a golddigger [sic], but there's a reason you [sic] messin' with broke, broke, broke." Sic burn, Sarah.
The famously gaffe-prone Palin likely wasn't implying The Gray Lady was actually messing with "broke n****s," thus leading to its supposed financial woes — the former governor, like many Americans, more likely first heard the song on Glee in 2009, where it was pruned and polished to a Mickey Mouse Club shine. It's okay, Sarah: a room full of pimple-faced crooners hollering "We want prenup!" disoriented us all, too.