Last night, Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time” broke the Internet after using racial slurs on live television. He sat with guest Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, to discuss Sasse’s program on boundaries between adolescence and maturity. They also joked about Californian adults who still dress up for Halloween. Sasse replied that adults dressing up for Halloween doesn’t happen in his state.
“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more”, says Mahr.
Sasse replied: “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
“Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n*gger. No, it’s a joke.” Says host Bill Maher.
After the awkward statement, some of the audience clapped as others proceeded to groan. The racial comment was not bleeped out while recording or rebroadcast early the next morning. Bill Maher’s comment earned him major criticism on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as within the political community.
This morning, Senator Sasse took to the Internet, posting his “thoughts” on the controversial comment. “I’m a 1st Amendment absolutist. Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines. But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word. Me just cringing last night wasn’t good enough.”
The senator also stated that he wished he’d taken a stand and even took to twitter to further elaborate.
In conclusion he stated “The history of the n-word is attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Do not use it.”
3. Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment: “Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word?...— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017