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Celebrities, Twitter React To Bill Maher “House N*gger” Comment

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Celebrities, notable figures and Twitter users are reacting to Bill Maher joking that he’s a “house n*gger.” The “Real Time” host used the racial slur on Friday’s show. See reaction and video below.

Maher was interviewing Senator Ben Sasse, who represents Nebraska. The senator invited the politically-outspoken TV personality to the state, saying, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.” Maher responded, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n*gger.” The use of the N-word and the mocking reference to slavery lit up social media almost immediately, with a clip of the exchange going viral.

Now on Saturday morning, Maher’s name is still the top trending topic on Twitter. Among those discussing the offensive comment is Jeffrey Wright, who tweeted, “When even house nigg*rship is appropriated, there’s pretty much nothing left. And, I mean, who really wants that sh*t?” ESPN’s Jemele Hill wrote, “For me, the jig has been up on Bill Maher for a long time. So, nah.”

“Today is the day Bill Maher became president,” cracked Michael Ian Black. Chance The Rapper urged, “Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher.” Danielle Brooks commented, “Unacceptable. And the audience applauds!?! So hurtful.” Nick Cannon stated, “As a Field N*gga, soon as @BillMaher walks out the house let him know I want the fade!!”

Patricia Arquette asked, “Bill Maher what the hell were you thinking? That word has been on teeth and tongue of whites as they committed atrocities. Never funny.” D.L. Hughley tweeted, “Now that #HBO apologized for #BillMahrer saying n*gga, how about they hire a few? I ain’t seen black people on HBO since the wire!” Star Jones remarked, “I can turn Bill off. [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions can turn back the clock. I hate that word. No one should use it. But they can only call you what you answer to.”

Robin Thede posted, “*types thread on liberal racism, deletes, skips to end* So f*ck Ben Sasse for the alley-oop, f*ck the clapping audience & f*ck Bill Maher.” Well-known activist DeRay sent a number of tweets, writing, “But really, @BillMaher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable.” He went on to ask, “And why did the audience think it was okay to laugh? And Ben Sasse doesn’t even flinch. What is happening in the world?”

And Reza Aslan‏ sarcastically tweeted, “I can’t believe Bill Maher said something racist, said no Muslim ever. #realtime.” Some on social media also marveled over this week’s celebrity news cycle, with user @BushwackCA posting, “‘Nobody can screw up a career better than me’ Tiger Woods ‘Hold my beer’ Kathy Griffin ‘No, both of you hold my latte’ Bill Maher.” Others, including a black conservative with the handle @_Makada_, didn’t agree with the outrage over Maher’s remark, saying, “Not a fan of Bill Maher at all but what he said was not a ‘racial slur.’ It was a joke. Stop getting so triggered over every little thing.”

Maher has not responded to the backlash, but Sasse tweeted on Saturday morning, “3 reflections on @billmaher 1. I’m a 1st Amendment absolutist. Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines. 2. But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word. Me just cringing last night wasn’t good enough. 3. 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? 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.'”

Gossip Cop will update should Maher comment. If so inclined, see the inflammatory video below. UPDATE: HBO, which broadcasts “Real Time,” says in a statement midday Saturday, “Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”

SECOND UPDATE: In a statement released on Saturday afternoon, Maher says, “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” Following the apology, Larry King tweeted, “I’ve been a friend of @billmaher’s for years and there’s not a racist bone in his body. Let’s accept his apology and move on.”

 


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