Ice Cube was eloquent and forceful when ripping Bill Maher for his use of the N-word. The rapper/actor appeared as a special guest on  “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

During the segment, Ice Cube schooled Maher on why he and other Whites should never use the word. “I knew you were gonna f— up sooner or later,” Cube told Maher. “I love your show, you got a great show, but you’ve been bucking up against that line a little bit. You’ve got a lot of Black jokes.”

Cube continued, “I accept your apology, but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche. Because I think there are a lot of guys out there who are too familiar, or think they’re too familiar, or they had a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid and they think they can cross the line. And they can’t.”

Cube broke down the difference between the word being used by people of a different race. “That’s our word now, and you can’t have it back,” Cube told Maher. “It’s like a knife, man. When I hear my homies say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it’s like a knife.”

During an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Maher referred to himself as a “house n—r.”

“Adults dress up for Halloween, they don’t do that in Nebraska?” Maher asked.

“It’s frowned upon,” Sasse replied. “We don’t do that quite as much.”

“I gotta get to Nebraska more,” Maher said.

“You’re welcome; we’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” Sasse joked.

“Work in the fields,” Maher scoffed. “Senator, I’m a house n—-.”

Maher faced backlash for an entire week and celebs such as Chance The Rapper called for HBO to fire Maher.

A.R. Shaw

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