Bill Maher crosses over the line of political correctness all the time, and based on his latest cross-over, he shows no signs of fear doing so. The liberal TV host used the ‘N-word’ on national television Friday, sparking outrage from everyone who does not condone the use of the word.
The outrage comes despite the fact that black rappers, comedians, and street hoodlums use the N-word all the time when referring to themselves. But white men, including Maher, simply aren’t allowed to say it in today’s environment without some level of backlash.
The offensive word was uttered when the HBO late-night host of “Real Time” was interviewing Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in a segment that aired Friday night. The senator invited the liberal talk show host to visit Nebraska, joking, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
Maher replied, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house N*ger.”
Groans and a few claps came from the audience, to which Maher quickly assured, “No, it’s a joke.” Nothing more was said, and the two moved on, but social media users made sure that both men knew that they had made a serious gaffe.
Sen. Sasse is being called out for not calling out Maher in the moment.
People are blaming Ben Sasse for Bill Maher saying the 'N-Word'
Second hand 'N-Word' makes you racist
Don't catch a contact 'N-Word'
— Jordan 🗽 (@JordanSchroll) June 3, 2017
Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson made it clear that what Maher said was horrendous, tweeting, “But really, @BillMaher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable.”
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 3, 2017
The New York Times reported that the offensive word was not bleeped out during HBO’s rebroadcast at midnight.
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