Bill Maher's Latest Controversial Comment Creates Outrage

Bill Maher’s Latest Controversial Comment Creates Outrage

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The Controversial Comment

On the June 2nd edition of, “Real Time” Bill Maher had the following exchange with Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE):

The statement has been critiqued by numerous individuals, including former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders surrogate, Nina Turner. While the use of the n-word and the comparison to a house slave has drawn ridicule, it’s far from the first time Bill Maher has made controversial statements.

Maher has been the subject of criticism for his comments directed towards Muslims and how he often blurs the lines between joke and highly volatile rhetoric. Maher would later apologize for the comment, stating:

I did a bad thing, for black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, has caused pain. I’m not here to do that. It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice. If it brought back pain to people then that’s why I apologized freely and I reiterated it tonight.

 

HBO responded to the incident, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”

The Discussion

On this segment of This Week w/Yeates & Bertrand; Timothy and Walter talk about the use of the n-word, the treatment of house slaves, and Bill Maher’s history of questionable comments.

This detailed conversation touches on conversations and criticisms surrounding religion being acceptable and healthy – yet discuss Maher’s tendency to speak in absolutes. Timothy and Walter also discuss those who are defending Maher by using President Trump as a benchmark.

They also discuss how Maher treated Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren in comparison to his treatment of Cornell West. The gentlemen also discuss how giving a platform to racism can be dangerous and further normalize incendiary rhetoric in the public conscious.

Related: Last Week Walter & Timothy Discuss Trump And The Paris Accords

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