Photo source: Instagram – @IceCube

Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube is going to appear on “Real Time” — despite the fact that its host, Bill Maher, uttered the “house n—-” so casually last week.

In fact, Cube indicated that he is anxious to sit down with Maher over the N-word.

Cube was already scheduled to appear before Maher made the controversial joke. 

To recap, Maher was talking to Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, on his program about the boundaries between adolescence and maturity, and how adults in California still dress up for Halloween.

When Sasse said this did not happen in his state, Mr. Maher said, “I’ve got to get to Nebraska more.”

Sasse replied: “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

Maher replied: “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n-—- … No, it’s a joke.”

HBO denounced the remark as “completely inexcusable and tasteless,” and said it would be edited out of future airings. Maher has since apologized for his remarks.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, who was also scheduled to appear, according to TMZ, but has canceled his appearance to avoid the fallout from Maher’s imprudent utterance.

Of course, Cube cannot dance around the issue. Cube has sprinkled the N-word liberally in his music going back to his days with the legendary rap group N.W.A. But Cube wants to discuss Maher’s use of the incendiary word. He reportedly wants to know why Maher decide it was OK to use it so freely.

Cube was originally booked to talk about the 25th-anniversary edition of his album, Death Certificate. His rep calls it perfect timing because the record was made in the wake of the Rodney King beating, “[W]hich sadly, speaks to many of the same race issues we as a society are still dealing with today.”

Maher will definitely get a different reaction from Cube than he did Sen. Sasse. As you can see from the video of the episode, Sasse seemed to continue smiling after Maher said the N-word.

 

Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.

  • britishrose

    any white man who uses that word better be reading HUCKABERRY FINN . aloud , i mean bill maher is an idiot he , sleeps with black females , that dont give him a race card carrier , he needs to be treated like they treating katy griffin .. he knew better than use that word period . he may not be a racist but he , sybolize wihat is wrong with white america , his ancesters probably own slaves ,which make it no laughing matter to any descendat of massa … he needs to trace his history , its suspected that any white who use that word has been livng on mars

    • SrAgri

      “…his ancesters probably own slaves…” (sic)

      Why? Because he’s white? That’s racist to assume that.

  • SrAgri

    Ice Cube and any other rapper who has used the N-word as a staple of their music has no business criticizing Maher.

    • Pamela

      I think anyone using that wrong should not……..

      but there is a different when a white person use it’s mean hateful, degrading…It make you think of slavery
      black use it on each other it showing endearment

      • SrAgri

        It could be argued that he thought he was showing “endearment” in his use of the term. After all, he was applying it to himself, not using it as an insult.

        I don’t think anyone needs to use any racial slurs in conversation. It’s not “endearing”.