Activist Deray McKesson, political analyst Angela Rye, and CNN host Reza Aslan are some of the high-profile figures who have raised their voices to decry Bill Maher's use of the n-word during Friday's [June 2] episode of Real Time. And it appears as though there may be more backlash to come, with Chance The Rapper interjecting his two cents into the controversy. If it were up to the Chicago rapper, Bill Maher wouldn't have a job.
"Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher," Chance tweeted early Saturday. With the Chicago rapper traveling the talk show circuit and being given the floor by veterans in the industry who marvel over his credibility on the topic of social issues, his call for Maher to be fired could most definitely spark something.
Maher has been marred by criticism coming out of the fast moving social media realm since the episode aired. Viewers will recall how he casually dropped the slur in reference to himself after Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse invited him to come visit his state and "work the fields." The long-time HBO host responded by invoking the famed analogy made by Malcolm X when he once broke down the dichotomy of slaves by archetype in the field negro receiving typically harsh treatment from the master v.s. the house negro receiving preferential treatment in exchange for his loyalty and willingness to keep the other slaves in check. "Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house nigger,” said Maher.
While the audience laughed and Sasse carried on without a hitch, the Nebraska Sen. has also come out to state that he wishes he would have confronted Maher about the comment rather than allow the moment to pass by. By Saturday morning, Maher himself would make an attempt at controlling what damage may come, when he issued an apology through the New York Daily News, in which he states: “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. 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.”