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Bill Maher's use of racial slur on HBO show draws criticism

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Alfredo Watts | 04 June, 2017, 04:46

Maher was speaking with Republican Sen. Sasse was on Maher's HBO program, Real Time, to promote his new book, and engaged in a bit in which he encouraged Maher to come visit his state and work in its fields.

Maher, at one point, said Islam is "like the mafia because it will f***ing kill you".

"Work in the fields?" Senator, I'm a house nigga [applause].

"I've got to get to Nebraska more", Maher replied. Is his show cancelled yet?

HBO responded Saturday morning to the controversy, saying in a statement that the remarks were unacceptable.

To be clear, Maher appeared to be absolutely joking and mocking the very concept that the n-word would offend (when the audience reacted as you'd expect). We don't do that quite as much.

Sen. Sasse's reaction also seems odd in that he appears to be laughing along with the audience.

As of Saturday afternoon, the episode was not available on HBO's streaming platform and the interview segment was not among the clips included on the show's YouTube channel. "You can not allow folk to act like there's anything amusing in that context about using that word". "We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show".

Sasse, however, made a series of Twitter posts about the interview early on Saturday. "Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines", he said.

What do you say? Me just cringing last night wasn't good enough. The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity.

"Bill Maher must be fired immediately for his racism and belittling the struggle of millions of black Americans", wrote blogger Jack Posobiec. It's therefore an attack on the American Creed. He's also said and done a lot of outrageous things, like when he argued that the terrorists who perpetrated 9/11 were not "cowards" as then-President Bush said there were.