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Bill Maher apologizes on air: Racial slur 'has caused pain'


"You know, you've got a lot of black jokes".

Though Maher was contrite throughout the episode, he repeatedly insisted that he meant no harm last week.

Bill caused an uproar when he called himself a "house n**ger" on Real Time with Bill Maher on 2 June (17) and quickly apologised following a storm of backlash.

To which Maher then said: 'Work in the fields?

'It doesn't matter if it was said in malic.

Maher spoke with Dyson on the subject in an interview that lasted roughly 15 minutes. "I am against that".

"It's a word ... that's like a knife ... that's been used as a weapon against us by white people", says Cube. But he said a weird thing.

"Don't", Maher said. "Don't f*ck with me". "I made it. I'm done".

"Some things just ain't amusing", Cube added. "Comedians are a special kind of monkey". "We're a trained thing that tries to get a laugh".

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He then discussed fellow comedian Kathy Griffin, who also came under fire recently, for posing with a fake bloodied, severed Donald Trump head. Still, he added, she "should not go away". "You've been buckin' up against that line a little bit", he said. He noted that he has a history of challenging the orthodoxy on the right and the left.

"Well, against racists. Yes", said Maher, appearing flummoxed by Cube's words.

In the wake of the furor over Maher's remark, Sen. Al Franken, who was originally booked as a guest, canceled his appearance after Maher's "offensive" use of the word.

"That's a great place to start, Bill", Dyson agreed. "That's Pretty Fucking Funny coming from a comedian white or black", he responded on Twitter, after hearing what the fuss was about. "[But this is] appropriate because, I'll tell you why: For black folks, that word - I don't care who you are - has caused pain". Cube was there to promote the release of his album "Death Certificate" for its 25th anniversary and also to talk about Maher's transgression.

"There was no thought put into it". Watch Michael Eric Dyson's conversation with Maher below.

"My Bible tells me that to whom much is given", Dyson said, "much is expected".

"I accept your apology", Ice Cube responded. "I know they're tryin' to get it back". And it's been used as a weapon against us by white people and we're not going to let that happen again by nobody because it's not cool...

Jolly said to Maher, "The GOP handbook says, 'Don't agree with Bill Maher". He then asked, "What made you think it was cool to say that?" He seemed to speak from the heart at the top of the show.

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