(TIML NEWS) The sentiment, “a teaching lesson” was heard throughout this week’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher as the comedian faced guests Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and notably, Ice Cube after he dropped a tasteless joke using the n-word in a previous episode.
On Friday (Jun 9), Maher welcomed the guests and offered another apology for using the racial slur. “For black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, has caused pain,” Maher said. “It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice, if it brought back pain to people, and that’s why I apologized freely and I reiterate it tonight. That’s sincere. I’m not that big of an a**hole.” During his interview with Nebraska senator Ben Sasse the week prior, the veteran comedian and political commentator referred to himself as a “house n****r.” Maher was met with high criticism with some calling for the cancellation of his show.
First up was professor Dyson, who is also a good friend of Maher’s. The two explored the levels to which Maher’s joke offended people of color. Professor Dyson also asked Maher to check his “unconscious white privilege.” Maher reminded his pal that he didn’t mean no malice for the joke, but made it point to push the topic as a “comedian” issue rather than a “race” issue.
“As much as I hate [President Donald] Trump, that’s wrong,” Maher said in regards to Kathy Griffin’s ill-fitting joke about Trump. “You make a mistake, you don’t have to go away.”