Bill Maher gets a pass for racial slur. But should he?

Al Franken cancels appearance on Bill Maher's show over slur

Many feel like not only was Maher way out of line to use the N-word, but he said it in such a casual way that he most likely says it a lot. Just use another word, you know, next time.

Asked how he would have reacted were he on the episode where Maher used the slur - Killer Mike had claimed he would have punched the host - Cube said he didn't want to be hypothetical. If you put yourself in a position to be viewed in a negative way from the public - with social media being the way that it is - if it's negative, it is going to spread.

Sanders, however, welcomes the chance to have a talk about last week's controversy and makes it clear using the n-word and joking about slavery is off limits.

Maher came under fire last Friday on "Real Time" when, sitting with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse that he was averse to visiting the Cornhusker State to do some hard work in the corn fields because he's "a house [N-word]". Neither Maher or Sasse immediately addressed the comment, but there was a tension in the air for the moments following.

Bill Maher in an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse who invited him to come work in the fields in Nebraska says he does not work in the fields because he's a
Bill Maher's ex-girlfriend says he used N-word frequently

"It's just not amusing to diss at least the ones who got it f-ked up", he told the magazine.

HBO says academic Michael Eric Dyson will be filling this week's guest slot after Sen.

Maher also later apologized, admitting his use of the term was "offensive". He also warned that we shouldn't allow behavior like Maher's, "joke" or not, to become normalized, and discussed the implications of the TV host's actions. But while Democratic Senator Al Franken chose to cancel his appearance in the wake of the controversy, Cube still wants to go on the show this Friday. You can make a joke about everything, but everything ain't amusing.

"We may be cool Bill, but we ain't that cool", Ice Cube added. "But everybody needs to check they self before they wreck they self", Cube said, making reference to one of his hit records.

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