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Michelle Obama stuns crowd with expletive - here's why she cursed

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The former first lady joked that she forgot where she was

Former first lady Michelle Obama. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Former first lady Michelle Obama stunned a crowd with the words she chose to criticize a popular feminist narrative during a speech Sunday.

"That's a lie"

Obama was asked about the philosophy of "leaning in" for women who are finding it difficult to balance their home life with their career life.

"That whole, 'so you can have it all.' Nope, not at the same time," she said to the audience.

"That's a lie. And it's not always enough to lean in, because that s**t doesn't work all the time," she added.

The expletive was taken as a forceful rejection of the concept advocated by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead from 2013.

"I forgot where I was for a moment!" Obama responded to the outburst from the audience.

Obama was speaking before a sold-out crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Many on the left and media praised her for the outburst.

Former MSNBC host Touré Neblett, who was at the speech, called it a "cute moment" and mocked those who criticized the first lady over it.

"Cute moment at Michelle Obama's book event tonight at the Barclays," he tweeted, "she was getting into it & she said, 'That lean in s**t doesn't always work!' Everyone freaked out that the First Lady had said 's**t.' Michelle, too. She apologized."

CNN's White House reporter Kate Bennett praised the former first lady for her "authenticity" in using an expletive in public.

Here's the video of Michelle Obama's rebuke:

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