Bill Maher apologizes for racial slur

The comedian said the word was ‘offensive,’ and HBO called the misstep ‘inexcusable and tasteless.’ Here’s what communicators can glean from the situation (and apology).

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On Saturday, Maher apologized for using the n-word on his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The comedian has been known for pushing boundaries throughout his career. However, many feel that the comments, which happened during an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse, crossed a line.

The New York Times reported the exchange:

Maher: “Halloween used to be a kid thing.”

Sasse: “It’s not anymore?”

Maher: “Not out here. No. Adults dress up for Halloween. They don’t do that in Nebraska?”

Sasse: “It’s frowned upon. Yeah. We don’t do that quite as much.”

Maher: “I gotta get to Nebraska more.”

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

Maher: “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n****r.”

You can watch it here for more context:

Bill Maher just said the n word, @BenSasse didn’t look horrified, and the audience applauded.

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