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

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • nosey rosy

    to use that word is pure ignorance of the word itself , you have to understand the history of slavery in america , that word was the last word heard before a black man or woman was lynched , whites drug them to their graves and too a pole to lynch saying :: the ni..ger word” yet in high school there are no text books explaining to white and black kids the meaning of the word . .and by the time they turn adult they are lost and misuseing the word to distribe hate ,and taunting . . blacks fully understand the word , we decided not to let that define us . .so comedians will joke using the n. word , if you shake hands with a black man and say n..ger your a friend . and you seek to dismiss anger from the meaning and make it love related . whites cant do that because they are the ancestors of the folks who killed many innocent using that word to distribe a person hung . or shot . . whites were dirty back then.
    a white man will be angry still at us for haveing freedom , and because our race . now own a hugh percent of america . we built america us and the chinese . we have black star and black inventors , black scholars , black presidents , black clergy , judges , and law makers ,

    even the most sofisticated black man and rich , can be called n..ger if its by a black man . we all grew up using this term . like ni.ger please and things .
    whites dont qualify to use this word because of its history . .. and the fact it dont mean the same comoing from them as from us . to us . .. stop the madness white folks [{ bill maher knew he was skating the razor edge . he apparantly want so bad to have blacks respect he was really reaching for some attention and adorance and it blew up cube is right all the way

    • SrAgri

      Circular logic is valid because circular logic is valid.

    • Cruddy

      I aint never called another Black man a n***er. We grew up saying n***a. Two totally different words.

  • nosey rosy

    bill maher should , stick to journalism and his white collar job . he is as stupid as bill orielly and they slow roasted dumped him when he though he had it going on . we think trumps a racist but he is not he is like moher mis understanding of the terms referring to blacks . . trump is like any other rich white man he is intimidated by rich blacks, he didnt want black money even. for his realestate ,but now he regret that decision . he is kissin but with amarosa , to be accepted by blacks .
    that word means only to us . a tragedy . . we turned it around by making it a symbol of strengh and over coming our pains of our ancestors . many slaves were horribly torchured and beaten and dogged by the same people who created the word ni..ger ..

  • SrAgri

    Maybe Bill Maher listens to rap music and that’s why he said the N-word. Rappers love the N-word and other racist and misogynistic slurs.

    • Cruddy

      Doesnt matter what he listens to. He isnt allowed to say it and get away with it.

      • SrAgri

        Why not? Rappers get away with it.

        • Cruddy

          Because I said so.
          Rappers dont get away with it. They say an entirely different word.