Bill Maher took a page out of the Kathy Griffin playbook over the weekend when he used an extremely racist word on air.
During an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb), Maher told Sasse that he was a “house n*gger.”
In the segment, the two were discussing Sasse’s admonition that his parents required their children to be involved in hard labor, like farm work, and other chores. Sasse invited Maher to work on his farm in Nebraska, to which he said he wouldn’t come because he is no “house n*gger.”
Prominent African-American activist Al Sharpton criticized Maher and his use of the word.
“He doesn’t get a pass because we’re friends,” Sharpton said. “What Bill Maher did was normalize a word that is anything but normal.”
Maher’s use of the word also led to a lot of criticism from the left itself, with many of his critics feeling that he went too far.
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Maher later apologized for using the word, saying that he was “very sorry.”
“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,” read Maher’s statement.
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