Bill Maher Slammed For Using Racial Slur During Ben Sasse Interview

Real Time Outrage

June 3rd, 2017 – Comedian Bill Maher hosted Senator Ben Sasse on his show last night, and while the two discussed many issues, it was Maher’s racial slur that got viewers engaged with the conversation. Sasse, a republican from Nebraska, was on the program promoting his new book “The Vanishing American Adult,” and through the discussion of maturity, the topic of Halloween was brought up.

Maher began talking about how adults in California still dress up for Halloween, and Senator Sasse eased his worries by saying that offense doesn’t happen in Nebraska.

“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” Maher said. 

“You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” Sasse replied. 

“Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house nigger,” Maher followed up. 

There were a few beats of uncomfortable tension from the audience, and then Maher explained “No, no it’s a joke.” Sasse sat with a cringed smile on his face as the crowd then erupted in applause.

In the studio, life and the conversation moved right along, but online the focus remained on Maher’s use of the word and Sasse’s lack of response.

The word wasn’t bleeped in its original airing nor in the midnight repeat of the Real Time episode. HBO did issue at statement Saturday morning saying Maher’s comments would be removed moving forward.

“Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless,” Quentin Schaffer, executive vice president for corporate communications at HBO, said in the statement. “We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”

Maher, who is in his 15th season on the late-night show has been no stranger to controversy, being called out for comments he says on air and tweets online. His most recent joke scandal comes days after Kathy Griffin shared a photo of herself holding President Trump’s severed head.

Senator Sasse continued the conversation by saying comedians have leeway to cross the line, but also owned his lack of responsibility for not speaking out in the moment.

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  1. Ladies and gentlemen! Children and adults of all ages! Let me introduce you to the “channel +/- button!”

    This fantastic piece of technology allows you to instantly change what is on your tv device!

    Yes! Now you too can turn something offensive into a cat video if you so choose!

    Just push that button and ::POOF!::
    Now you’re watching something else.

    If you don’t like Bill Maher don’t watch. But calls to have people fired and shows canceled are ridiculous.

    Let the ratings speak.


    1. Kathy Griffin is str8 up bulshit by people who have NO intelligence or humor I mean really? Obviously these fucktarded people have never seen 8 heads in a duffle bag or blazing saddles cause it is just to offensive to them ?????? get some tampons for the bloody pussies and clean them up people we left fucking kindergarten long ago!

    2. Snowflakin’ Righties… Aaaawe.. Life’s not fair… Awe….. How hypocritical right wing doctrine preaches that life doesn’t give things away and no free rides. YET, cry about collusion of the VAST MAJORITY of the human race and its media. The Right is fading and these are it’s death-throws.

  2. Omfg this butthurt shit is fucking annoying! Everything is a racial slur and everything is so offensive! ok mother fuckas please move somewhere else if you are offended ova everything! Don’t visit my Facebook cause your retarded asses will flap your gums being I ain’t politically correct and will never give a shit about what you think either! Lol sad society it’s why I isolate from it as much as possible I just can’t it’s so funny how people are with no balls to suck it up

    1. By this display of your level of intellect as you rant….No I’m sure it’s inbreeding that keeps you isolated….and society appreciates it!

    2. Move if everything offends you David Caister for real cause what someone else is doing with their lives don’t fucking concern you cause they ain’t feeding you fucking you or financing you! I isolate cause Im not going to be told I can’t be an individual and I will never follow the crowd as you assholes think you should! You should try being yourself sometime and not what everyone wants you to be!

    1. I’m not a leftist. I just wanted to mock them for a second.. I knew they wouldn’t condemn one of their own. Had it been someone on the right it would be front page news for weeks.