Bill Maher's use of racial slur on HBO show draws criticism

Yeah, we don't do that quite as much. Sure, the sudden boom in awareness of Bill Maher and his show is for all the wrong reasons, but some websites, such as AV Club, think Maher probably set out to say something offensive to gain more exposure.

The comedian responded, "Work in the fields?"

"Not out here", Maher responded. "I'm a house n*****".

But on Twitter the outcry was near immediate.

"People shocked at Bill Maher being racist-y, check w your Arab & Muslim friends".

DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote on his Twitter account: "But really, @BillMaher has got to go". There are no explanations that make this acceptable. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska). "What is happening in the world?"

Apparently confused by the invitation, Maher joked "Work in the fields?" While the more physically grueling labor like picking cotton and farming was forced upon "field slaves", "house slaves" were charged with domestic duties such as cooking and cleaning.

During a Friday HBO "Real Time" conversation with Sen. Sasse appeared uncomfortable with the joke, but Maher continued with the segment. "The reviews are not good". A couple of times he has been criticized for making comments on his show that have been perceived Islamophobic. Transphobia and homophobia are among the list of charges previously made against Maher as well.

On social media, Maher's remarks were criticized by viewers across the political spectrum.

One person did publicly come to Maher's defense: Kelly Carlin, daughter of famed stand-up comedian George Carlin.

Sparking up controversy is familiar territory for Maher.

  • Salvatore Jensen