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Bill Maher blasted for calling himself the N-word on TV

via HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher”

Bill Maher has developed a reputation as a comedian who straddles the line when it comes to jokes about race, religion, and politics. But some believe Maher went too far during a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

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 nigger.”

The joke created an uncomfortable pause in the audience as some moaned while a few laughed. Maher attempted to clean things up by saying, “It was just a joke.” A few members of the audience clapped.

Comedians should have license to cross lines without fear of repercussion, but the context is always important. Maher failed to take into account how racism and the ills of slavery continue to disrupt Black lives today. It’s highly unlikely that Maher, who is Jewish, would have a used the Jewish racial slur ‘k—‘ in a similar circumstance.

But Maher is now catching heat as people are calling for HBO to cancel his show.


  1. Oak510finest on June 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    He is a known white supremacist, so no surprise.

    • ChocolateCity on June 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      considering he is jwish. Don’t act bissh. he could have referred to his own peoples shhht. what exactly was he referring to? by saying house nword? side eye. I think even as a comedian ….your jokes need to make sense. and who tells jokes to offend a group of people? Its funny how these “jwish” comedians love to point to American slavery … instead of their ancestors burning on the Bar B in Germany. oh, that’s a joke.

    • Hamper on June 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      lol. That’s a lie, and you know it.

      • Oak510finest on June 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        100% Truth. If you are denying his blatant white supremacist rhetoric. Then it is safe to assume you are a white supremacist as well.

        Racism and white supremacy 101 is to first deny either exist. Second code is to defend all known white supremacist and downplay their hateful rhetoric.

  2. Robin Schaffer on June 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    He’s not Jewish! He’s a former Catholic. I guess A.R. ….what? Thinks he looks Jewish because he’s a comedian with a prominent nose? Doesn’t take that long to do a wee bit of fact checking.