HBO's Bill Maher faces backlash after using racial epithet

by Dwayne Torres June 4, 2017, 4:53
HBO's Bill Maher faces backlash after using racial epithet

Bill Maher has apologized for his use of the N-word during an interview last night on HBO's. He has been taking heat overnight and today for the comment made during an interview at the top of his show with Nebraska Sen.

The network said in a statement Saturday that Maher's use of a slur to refer to himself as a house slave was inexcusable and tasteless. He posted a series of tweets on Saturday morning saying he regretted not saying something immediately, the word is an attack on human dignity and the word should never be used. You can watch Bill Maher's joke with Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse in this Real Time clip. To which Maher replied, "Work in the fields?" HBO responded to the uproar with a statement saying Maher's language was "completely inexcusable". "We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show", the statement read. "Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines", Sasse began.

"The fields?" Maher said.

Sasse tweeted Saturday that he wished he had immediately criticized Maher for using the term. "But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word".

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After a night to think about it, Bill Maher decided to make a very rare apology, which so far seems to be enough for D.L. Hughley.

The senator said he wished he had spoken up. "You can not allow folk to act like there's anything amusing in that context about using that word".

In February, the comedian was criticized for appearing to bond with extremist author and lecturer Milo Yiannopoulos during his appearance on the HBO show. It's therefore an attack on the American Creed. Sasse, who chuckled at the comment, did not address it. Maher quickly asserted, "It's a joke". "Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly".

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