Should Bill Maher be fired for using a racial slur on his show? | The Tylt
Firebrand political comedian Bill Maher drew outrage after he casually dropped the n-word during an interview on his show "Real Time with Bill Maher." Many are calling for HBO to fire Maher; they say this incident is just one in a series of racially inflammatory comments he's made, and he crossed a line no white person should ever cross. Others say Maher has already apologized, and while the joke was offensive and in poor taste, it's not a fireable offense. Should HBO can Bill Maher?
Should Bill Maher be fired for using a racial slur on his show?
At Variety, Maureen Ryan says Maher needs to go.
Whether or not “Real Time” continues, Maher should be fired....Use of that word by Maher was racist, full stop. And it’s just the latest in a very long string of racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, and transphobic things Maher has said or tacitly encouraged.
But Dr. Michael Eric Dyson defended Maher, and says his use of the slur does not mean he is racist.
As I've made plain for many years, the n word should be reserved for black use. Period. Having said that, as he shows on Real Time nearly every week, Bill's been a champion of many fights for black justice. He has bravely, and relentlessly, pilloried racism, white privilege, and white indifference to the black plight.
Rapper, activist, and frequent "Real Time" guest Killer Mike agreed Maher's comment was stupid, but argued the incident and the slur were not worth all this airtime.
Others disagreed. Words matter. Maher's critics say this incident wasn't just a slip of the tongue—it's indicative of how he thinks.
Chance the Rapper called on HBO to fire Maher, and he was not alone in doing so.
Both David Axelrod and Donna Brazile argued that Maher apologized, and it was time to move on.