Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

Bill Maher on Using the N-Word: 'I Did a Bad Thing'

Bill Maher on Using the N-Word: 'I Did a Bad Thing'

"What [David] understood was that is a line that he can not cross and even his comedy can not cross", Dyson said.

A week after Bill Maher shocked the nation by using the N-Word during an interview with Nebraska junior Senator Ben Sasse, all eyes were on " Friday night as it returned to HBO.

Dyson wasn't Maher's only guest tonight; he also talked to David Gregory, David Jolly, Symone Sanders, and Ice Cube, the latter of whom also grilled the host.

"That's our word now", he said.

Maher's audience greeted his apology with a loud applause. "I think we need to get to the root of the psyche".

Dyson told Maher that with today's "resurgence" of racism - he referenced Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions - it's even more important for Maher to fight the "unconscious reflex".

"Now, the guy who was here [Sasse], it's not his fault.it's all on me". "I remember when Mitt Romney was running, he had a book, 'No Apologies.' Like Americans should never apologize".

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Maher began the show by poking fun at himself during his monologue, saying awkwardly, "Thank you for letting a sinner in your midst".

Maher acknowledged that "it doesn't matter that it wasn't said in malice" since the word "brought pain to people".

Dyson tried but ultimately failed to truly challenge Maher, who, after the author explained the history behind the slur, downplayed his guilt by reiterating that he simply made a bad joke.

The very next show, rapper Ice Cube was on to promote the re-release of his album Good Cop, Bad Cop and - naturally - the first thing to come up was Maher's use of racist language.

Cube went on to let know it was wrong to use the n-word, and then suggested Maher may have felt he had a pass because he's dated black women. "Because I think there's a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they a little too familiar-or they think they too familiar-or its guys that, you know, might have a black girlfriend or two who made them some Kool-Aid every now and then, and they think they can cross the line".

That's when Bill explained his craft and what may have been behind him using the n-word. You don't do that to whoever the president is, but she was going for a laugh, and I understand that. As the Real Time host teased, Dyson was booked on the show to take him "to the woodshed". You can use a weapon or you can use it as a tool.

"That's our word now", he continued, "and you can't have it back".

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