HBO is facing calls to fire Bill Maher from his talkshow after he used the N-word in a conversation with the Nebraska senator, Ben Sasse. HBO called the comment “inexcusable and tasteless” and said it would be removed from any subsequent airing of the show.
Discussing his new book on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday evening, Sasse (Nebraska Senator) told Maher he would be welcome in Nebraska as “we’d love to have you work in the fields with us”.
“Work in the fields?” Maher replied. “Senator, I’m a house nigger.”
The audience laughed and groaned, with some applause. Sasse kept quiet, before Maher said: “No, it’s a joke.”
DeRay McKesson, a Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate, led the criticism on social media. “Bill Maher has got to go,” he wrote. “There are no explanations that make this acceptable.”
McKesson added: “And why does the audience think it was OK to laugh? And Ben Sasse doesn’t even flinch. What is happening in the world?.........
The pressure on Maher follows CNN’s firing of the comedian Kathy Griffin, who said at a press conference on Friday that Donald Trump was “trying to ruin my life for ever” after she was pictured holding a mock-up of the US president’s severed head.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... -ben-sasse
Plenty of other notables jumped on the hold Maher accountable bus.
But... just a week or two before Stephen Colbert ........After a fiery takedown of the president, who has been nothing but good for his ratings, Colbert said, "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s (expletive) holster." Colbert was "joking" about the President, but his republican supporters pretty much looked the other way. Although the FCC looked at it and thought it was ok. CBS loves Colbert since blasting Trump has been good for ratings. They sure aren't going to censure Colbert for upping their advertisement rates on his show. Griffin, on the other hand who did get a hand spank, is making herself out to be a martyr for loss of work including her strange , but real, Squatty Potty commercial.
Maybe there should be an outrage chart to show degrees of outrage and resulting degrees of public shunning and a elected judiciary to hand out appropriate punishment. Maybe Griffin should have to do the Squatty Potty video until somebody actually buys one. Maybe Maher should be kicked out of the house and made to work in the fields. Maybe Colbert should ...well .. nevermind. That is over the line for sure.