Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher about using racist language

Wendy Jensen
June 10, 2017

"What [David] understood was that is a line that he can not cross and even his comedy can not cross", Dyson said.

When word broke that serendipity was going to have Ice Cube as the next celebrity guest on Real Time With Bill Maher just one week after the host's ill-fated "I'm a house n*gger" joke, people started making their popcorn immediately. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, during a segment of his "Real Time with Bill Maher", Friday, June 2, 2017.

Maher apologized, and HBO called the comment "inexcusable and tasteless", but many have called for Maher to be fired.

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Still, Maher suggested that such mistakes shouldn't mean the end of a person's career. We are a trained thing that tries to get a laugh. After the host admitted to the professor that he had done a bad thing dropping the N-word last week, Dyson encouraged him to continue acknowledging the "unconscious reflex of white privilege". I reiterate tonight, and that's honest. "I like you, but I do think this is a teachable moment not just to you but to the people watching right now".

"It doesn't matter that it wasn't said in malice if it brought back pain to people", he added. "The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry".

Comedian and host Bill Maher has apologised for uttering the n-word during his appearance on a TV show. "You've got a lot of black jokes, you do. sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker". And they can't. It's a word that has been used against us.

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Cube went on to let know it was wrong to use the n-word, and then suggested Maher may have felt he had a pass because he's dated black women. Meanwhile, the mid-episode guest was Ice Cube, who was ready to address his perspective on the controversy during the show's usual one-on-one discussion.

Joining him in the debate was hip-hop historian/educator/author Michael Eric Dyson and rapper Ice Cube. It can be used as a weapon, or it can be used as a tool. "For black folks, that word, I don't care who you are, it's caused pain".

"The reason I'm here is... because I think the Bill Maher I know has been on the front line protecting, arguing, standing up for people". And I think you just have to not step on some of the political messages that you sayin' with a joke, because some things just ain't amusing, you know what I mean?

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