Bill Maher has been raising eyebrows and turning heads before many of us were even born. Now, it looks like big bad Bill has done it again. On Friday night’s Real Time, The HBO political pundit spoke to Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Sounds boring, huh? Not when Mr. Controversy himself has a live microphone. Here is a guy who referred to the Quran as a “hate-filled holy book.” Yikes! What else will this guy say?
Apparently, a conversation about adults wearing Halloween costumes veered off into making a tongue-in-cheek slavery joke while using a variation of the “n-word.” He saw an opportunity to jump on race-related humor from a seemingly obscure conversation and he took it.
Here’s a snippet of the conversation:
“SASSE: “It’s frowned upon. We don’t do that quite as much.”
MAHER: “I’ve got to get to Nebraska more.”
SASSE: “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
MAHER: “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n*gga.””
Many studio audience members laughed and clapped. Some groaned and then let out a reluctant laugh. Others left it at a groan or remained silent.
The senator did responded to Maher’s off-putting, taboo racial humor by saying, “No, it’s not a joke.”
Sasse later on Twitter to better address the incident. The senator condemned these remarks. Later, the internet responded with some real comedy. But first let’s check out the senator’s tweets…
People on the internet were bothered by Maher’s casual use of the “n-word,” especially while making a slavery pun. Some of these Tweets are pretty funny too.
Yep, Bill really knows how to stir the pot. You should see what this guy said less than a week after September 11th, 2001. That guy can piss people off no matter the year. I wonder what type of sh*t will come out of his mouth next…
Update: The next thing that came out of Mr. Maher’s mouth is an apology. I wonder what Ice Cube has to say about all this…