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10 June 2017, 05:37 | Conrad Doyle
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To be fair to Maher, he was pretty contrite about the whole thing and Cube spoke his piece with honesty and admitted that while he was a fan of Maher and his show, he said that Maher "was gonna f*ck up sooner or later".
He also gave Maher the business about his racial "transgression" (Maher's words). And indeed he did, carefully detailing the unsafe context and timing of Maher's comment, to which Maher made sure to "reiterate" his "sincere" apology. "We can laugh now". After the host admitted to the professor that he had done a bad thing dropping the N-word last week, Dyson encouraged him to continue acknowledging the "unconscious reflex of white privilege".
"I know white boys like that who earn a pass from the work they put in", the text from Dyson's son read.
He then got serious and asked Maher, "What made you think it was cool to say that?" If it brought back pain to people then that's why I apologised freely and I reiterated it tonight, ' he added. Maher repeatedly expressed regret, saying it was an off-the-cuff comment.
Comedian and host Bill Maher has apologised for uttering the n-word during his appearance on a TV show. I know it's in the lexicon, you've heard people talking. And they can't. It's a word that has been used against us; it's like a knife, man.
"'I think this is a teachable moment not just to you, but the people watching right now,"' Ice Cube told Maher.
Actor and hip hop icon Ice Cube later educated Maher on the use of that term, describing it like a weapon. "Sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker", he noted, adding that he nevertheless liked Maher's show, and accepted his apology. "But you be bucking up against that line, you got a lot of black jokes". Watch Michael Eric Dyson's conversation with Maher below. "It was mostly black women who were in the house", she said, where they were often beaten and raped.
"That's our word now, and you can't have it back", he told Maher. And you could use it as a weapon or you could use it as a tool.
We knew he was going to take it there, and he did.
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