Bill Maher Under Fire for Calling himself a “House Nigger” During Broadcast

This Jan. 25, 2013, file photo provided by HBO shows Bill Maher as he hosts “Real Time with Bill Maher” in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Janet Van Ham, File)
This Jan. 25, 2013, file photo provided by HBO shows Bill Maher as he hosts “Real Time with Bill Maher” in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Janet Van Ham, File)

Comedian Bill Maher has gone from the hosting seat to the hot seat after using a racial epithet during Friday night’s episode of of his weekly HBO program, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Mr. Maher was conducting a live interview Friday evening with Republican Senator Ben Sasse when the late-night host used the n-word while discussing the lawmaker’s home state of Nebraska.

“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” Mr. Maher quipped.

“You’re welcome,” Mr. Sasse responded. “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

“Work in the fields?” Mr. Maher fired back. “Senator, I am a house [expletive].”

The exchange was aired live and uncensored by HBO during the 10 p.m. hour and was instantly triggered an audibly mixed reactions from the show’s studio audience.

“No, it’s a joke,” Mr. Maher said moments later before moving the segment along.

Mr. Sasse, meanwhile, grinned and nodded in response to Mr. Maher’s comment but otherwise refrained from weighing in until early Saturday.

“I’m a 1st Amendment absolutist. Comedians get latitude to cross hard line,” Mr. Sasse said through his official Twitter account Saturday morning. “But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word. Me just cringing last night wasn’t good enough.”

 

“Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment: ‘Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word?” Mr. Sassse continued. “The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it.”

Indeed, Mr. Maher’s remark has prompted heated reactions from social media users across the political spectrum.

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SOURCE: Andrew Blake
The Washington Times