Last week Bill Maher, often known for crossing the line with his jokes, decided to push the boundaries once again by using a racial slur to describe himself during a conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse. Social media, as well as many celebrities were shocked to hear the news and to see Sasse laughing his way out of the joke without even blinking.
After the show, HBO called what Maher did “completely inexcusable” and the comedian himself said “the word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” Senator Sasse also acknowledged that he should have confronted Maher for his use of the n-word but it seemed like the damage was already done.
Among other celebrities, Ice Cube expressed his will to have a sit down with Bill Maher while sharing his point of view on the whole situation. Surprisingly enough, Maher accepted Ice Cube’s request and the rapper/actor made a special appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday” night.
As expected, Cube went straight to the point while breaking down why Maher should get rid of the n-word approach.
“You’ve got a lot of black jokes…Sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker. What made you think it was cool to say that?” Ice Cube asked. “I think we need to get to the root of the psyche. There’s a lot of guys out there who cross the line because…they think they’re too familiar…or [they] might have had a black girlfriend or two…, and they think they can cross the line. And they can’t.”
On the n-word use, Cube had the following to say:
“It’s like a knife. You can use it as a weapon, or you can use it as a tool. It’s been used as a weapon against us by white people… That’s our word now, and you can’t have it back.”
Surely, Bill Maher dodge a quite a few bullets with Ice Cube since Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike said that he would’ve punched Maher for using the n-word in front of him. Nevertheless, the comedian has a long history of using racial slurs and it seems like he’s not going to stop anytime soon since his personal delivery style is based on that. Comment on the situation below and let us know if HBO should’ve sacked Maher for the incident or if he got just the right punishment with a warning.