Bill Maher’s Reaction to Ice Cube’s Critique Does Not Fly with Viewers

Bill Maher was the center of attention on the Friday night broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The political commentator and comedian could not avoid addressing his reference to a being a “house n—–” during a conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) last week. The comment spurred numerous negative comments, including Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper calling on HBO to drop Maher’s show.

Maher did have his supporters like scholar Michael Eric Dyson, who replaced Sen. Al Franken after he backed out following the controversy. Dyson provided some lessons for Maher but handled the comedian with kid gloves. Ice Cube, who was already scheduled to appear to promote his album, insisted he would confront Maher about his use of the derogatory term. And confront him he did. Cube spent over two minutes explaining to a seemingly uninterested Maher about the pain behind the word.

“A word is a weapon or a tool, and that word has been used as a weapon byy white people” Ice Cube said. “That’s our word now and you can’t have it back.”

Maher apologized a few times in the segment, seemingly recognizing and acknowledging the hurt he caused “For black folks, that word — I don’t care who you are — has caused pain,” he said. “I’m not here to do that. … It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice; it wasn’t. It brought back pain to people.”

However, his defensive posturing to Ice Cube’s comment was not lost on viewers, who quickly called him out.

Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist and former press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders, joined in to bring a “little perspective” …

… but viewers still weren’t convinced Maher got the point.

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