Bill Maher, The N-Word And What Crosses The Line In Comedy

Posted June 10, 2017

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

Bill was back live on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night where he had a hard talk with Michael Eric Dyson about the use of the word. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, the politician said: 'We'd love to have you work in the fields with us'.

"Well, against racists. Yes", said Maher, appearing flummoxed by Cube's words. And indeed he did, carefully detailing the risky context and timing of Maher's comment, to which Maher made sure to "reiterate" his "sincere" apology.

I accept your apology, but I think we need to get to the root of the psyche.

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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".

Maher responded, "I just don't want to pretend this is more of a race thing than a comedian thing".

Dyson agreed and asked why Maher, who has been critical of what he sees as an overly apologetic culture in the past, wanted to acknowledge the wrong doing.

Maher responded by saying, "I think the people watching right now are saying, 'That point has been made'". When I hear a white person say it, it's like a knife. Maher repeatedly expressed regret, saying it was an off-the-cuff comment.

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Bill Maher is shown at the Chicago Theatre on May 6 in Chicago. Because I think it's a lot of guys out there, who cross the line 'cause they a little too familiar or they think they too familiar.

It came minutes after Maher opened the show by thanking the audience "for letting a sinner in your midst", a reference to his use of the N-word on last week's show.

Celebrity guest Ice Cube took Maher to task, telling him honestly, "It's like a knife, man". I know you've heard it's in the lexicon. but that's our word now, and you can't have it back. Obviously I told Dr. Dyson, comedians they react.

Actor and hip hop icon Ice Cube later educated Maher on the use of that term, describing it like a weapon. And you could use it as a weapon or you could use it as a tool. And then, kinda gangster like, "And we not gonna let that happen again".

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