I certainly don’t agree with the idea that the n-word carries ‘the full weight of slavery’ behind it. Is yodaddy trying to enslave someone by naming himself ‘Nigger Ape’? I don’t personally know him but my guess is that he isn’t. I realize that you didn’t say this but some people do use that as an argument lol. I’d be more tempted to argue that it’s about as offensive as any other racial epithet, and it’s offensive because, generally, when people use racial epithets in an offensive way, it implies that (their) group identity is superior. And I argue that, yes, that is offensive, but as far as I can tell that’s not what was happening here.