The Host of Real Time show, Bill Maher is in the middle of controversy after jokingly using the N-Word during his last Fridays’ show. His remarks made Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) drop out as one of the invited guests of the show however Ice Cube and activist Symone Sanders will still be appearing on the show this Friday.
Maher joked that he was a “house n****r” while responding to a statement by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb) when the senator invited Maher to “work in the fields” of his represented state. However, the comedian later apologized for using the word and termed his remarks offensive.
Reports confirm that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) through his spokesman on Monday that he would be dropping out his upcoming appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” amid the host’s recent controversy. An emailed statement from the
An emailed statement from the senator’s Spokesperson read “Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of Real Time.”
However further reports claim that Ice Cube will be appearing on the show as scheduled to talk about the release of ‘Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary’ edition, an album that was recorded in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991, which sadly, speaks to many of the same race issues that the society is still dealing with in the current period.
Activist Symone Sanders, who is also a former national press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also confirmed her attendance through an email. “I am still planning on doing the show Friday,” she wrote in an email. “I thought Maher’s comment, Ben Sasse’s reaction, and the crowd’s applause were all equally distasteful, inappropriate and offensive. I am glad Maher too recognized as such and issued an apology.”