“Comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher has apologized for using a racial slur during a joke he made on this weekend`s edition of his HBO chat show Real Time.
`Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I`m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn`t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry,” he said in a statement to Variety Saturday after the cable network denounced his use of the derogatory word for African Americans on his program.
Maher made the on-air joke to Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who asked, `Would you like to come work in the field with us?`
`Work in the fields?` Maher responded. `Senator, I am a house [expletive.]`”
Bill Maher is a free speech advocate, and in his professional career as a political commentator and stand-up comic he has fought political correctness.
It`s especially sad that this free speech advocate has bowed to political correctness, and issued an apology for his joke. A comedian is supposed to break the rules, make us uncomfortable and force us to think about the important issues of the day.
Maher has fought the enemies of free speech before, in 2002 his show “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” wasn`t renewed by ABC because he stated that the 9/11 terrorists didn`t act in a cowardly manner.
We should keep in mind the context in which Maher employed the controversial word, and by the way he said “nigga” not “nigger.” “Nigga” is a term of endearment that many young blacks use to refer to each other.
Maher didn`t say: I hate niggers, they`re so freaking lazy. He used the word to make a lame joke after Sen. Sasse asked him to come work in the field with him.
I have just two words for all those namby-pamby wankers who are calling for Maher`s show to be canceled: NIGGA PLEASE!
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