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.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, 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. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.





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