Popular late night tv host Bill Maher used the n word in a Friday night live interview, sparking unsurprising massive backlash.
Maher was interviewing Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who was apparently there to promote his new book.
Maher, at one point in the interview, quipped that he wants to go to Nebraska, to which Sasse replied, half jokingly, that his state would “love” to have Maher come work in the fields with them.
To Sasse’s work in the fields comment, Maher replied, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n*gger.”
The audience’s reaction was one of audible bewilderment, while Sasse just kind of stared at Maher, obviously taken aback.
Watch video of the exchange below.
Unsurprisingly, Maher is facing the aforementioned massive backlash to his nonchalant usage of a term that was long meant to degrade African Americans.
Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson says that it’s time for Bill Maher to “go.”
Sen. Sasse has also spoken out to try and distance himself from Maher and from his tame response to the host’s casual usage of the n-word.
Sasse’s response to the incident, as posted to Twitter, is featured below.
Interestingly, Maher has actually lost a show in the past, with “Politically Incorrect” never quite recovering after he had an exchange with Christian commentator Dinesh D’Souza in which Maher said that those who had attacked the United States on 9/11 were “not cowardly.”
HBO has responded to Maher’s comments, calling them “completely inexcusable and tasteless.” It remains to be seen what exactly the outrage against Maher turns into, and it’s worth noting that public outrage campaigns against controversial tv hosts have actually proven quite potent lately, with such underlining Bill O’Reilly getting fired.