Is This The Funniest Real Time With Bill Maher To Date?

Chris Menahan
Jun. 14, 2017

Bill Maher had anti-censorship crusader Ice Cube, of "F**k the Police" fame, on his show last week to lecture him on what a "redneck" racist he is for using the n-word.

He also had on Symone Sanders to join in the fun. Sanders is best known for responding to news of a white man being beaten by a group of black people in the streets of Chicago by mockingly saying, "oh my goodness, poor white people!" and insisting "we don't need white people leading the Democratic Party!"

Partial transcript from The Daily Beast:
“I knew you was gonna fuck up sooner or later,” Cube told Maher. “I did. I did. I love your show, you’ve got a great show, but you’ve been buckin’ up against that line a little bit. You know, you’ve got a lot of black jokes. You know what I’m sayin’, you do.”

“Well, against racists. Yes,” Maher responded, stunned by Cube’s criticism.

“Eh. Sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker,” added Cube.

“No, I don’t. That I gotta push back on,” replied Maher, clearly on the defensive.

“It’s my opinion,” offered Cube. “My thing is this, and you know, I’m cool with you. I like your show, to be honest. I just wanna know two questions. What made you think it was cool to say that? That’s one question.”
It's just his opinion Bill. It doesn't matter if he's never even watched the show, all that matters is he knows in his heart you're a racist (because you're "white").
An annoyed Maher interrupted Cube—which he did repeatedly throughout the exchange: “You know, I just explained there was no thought put into it. Obviously I was telling Dr. Dyson, comedians, they react. And it was wrong. And I apologize. And you know, more than that I can’t do.”

...“I accept your apology. But I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche,” Cube explained. “Because I think there’s a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they a little too familiar—or they think they too familiar—or its guys that, you know, might have a black girlfriend or two who made them some Kool-Aid every now and then, and they think they can cross the line. And they can’t. It’s a word that has been used against us; it’s like a knife, man. And you can use it as a weapon, or you can use it as a tool. It’s been used as a weapon against us by white people, and we’re not gonna let that happen again by nobody, because it’s not cool. Now, I know you heard [it], it’s in the lexicon and everybody’s talkin’, but that’s our word now. That’s our word now. And you can’t have it back. I know they’re tryin’ to get it back.”
Cube can say "f**k the police" all day long and fight obscenity laws because it's a basic human right, but don't you dare use the n-word in any capacity, whitey. I'm glad Cube pointed out that just because Bill has had a black girlfriend in the past it still doesn't mean he's not a white supremacist.
With that being said, Cube wasn’t done. “And I’m not talkin’ about you, Bill. But I’m talkin’ about guys who cross the line every day because they got some black homies, they got some friends, they think it’s cool. And it’s not cool because when I hear my homies say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it feels like that knife stabbin’ me, even if they don’t mean it,” he said.

“So, I like your show—and it’s a great show—I just don’t know sometimes, is it a political show, or is it a show about jokes?” he continued. “This, to me, is a political show. And I think you just have to not step on some of the political messages that you sayin’ with a joke, because some things just ain’t funny, you know what I mean? This is real right here that we’re going through. And I’m not tryin’ to get on your case, Bill. I’m tellin’ you: I like your show and I like you. But I think this is a teachable moment, not just to you but to the people who are watching right now.”
Sanders joined the discussion half-way through to point out how Bill's "house n***er" comment was made in the context of it being "two years shy of the 400th anniversary of the first 20 African people being brought to this continent as slaves."

Really well said. An apology for slavery is also in order, Bill.

Maher sat around and pretty much took it all, he then begged Ice Cube to plug his new album, which is mostly just a re-re-re-release of old songs, including "F**k the Police."

Asked by Maher if anything has changed since the release of the song 25 years ago, Cube said "the only thing's changed is the calendar."

Truly hilarious stuff. Maher needs more shows like this, this is the type of "meta comedy" us comedy connoisseur can really enjoy.

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