Bill Maher came underfire last week, when he used the N-word during an episode of his HBO show, Real Time.
He ultimately apologized on his show on Friday (June 9), admitting he “did a bad thing”, before inviting the legendary Ice Cube who addressed the matter.
“I knew you was going to f*ck up sooner or later,” Cube joked at first. “I love your show, but you been bucking up that line a little bit. You got a lot of black jokes… Sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker.”
“I accept your apology, but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche, because I think there are a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they a little too familiar… or is guys who had a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid now and then think they can cross the line, and they can’t.”
Cube is referencing Maher’s past girls. He’s dated a number of women throughout the years, many of which were black, including former video vixen Karrine Steffans, Playboy models Coco Johnsen and Karin Taylor, and former adult star Heather Hunter.
Ice Cube went on to say that a white person’s use of the N-word is “like a knife. 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. It’s in the lexicon, everybody talk it, but it’s our word now. You can’t have it back.”
What do you think? Was Mahr’s apology sincere? And, what did you think of Cube’s comments on the matter?