Bill Maher had a controversial moment with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) on Friday night’s “Real Time.”
Sasse invited Maher to Nebraska, telling him that Maher could “work in the fields.” It surprised and seemed to shock Maher.
“Work in the fields?!” Maher exclaimed. But he then turned it into a joke that many are saying went over the line.
“Senator, I’m a house n*gger!”
It’s been over two years since actor Ben Affleck fought with Maher about his thoughts on Islam being racist.
“It’s gross, it’s racist,” Affleck said about Maher’s remarks.
“It’s so not,” Maher insisted. Affleck compared it to using the term, “Shifty Jew.”
“You’re not listening to what we are saying,” Maher said.
“You guys are saying, if you want to be liberal, believe in liberal principles,” Affleck said, referencing Maher’s monologue the previous week. “Like, we are endowed by our forefathers with inalienable rights, all men are created equal.”
The online response to tonight’s quip was not kind to Maher:
I used to love bill maher smh.
— Ambquisha (@QueChainz) June 3, 2017
I’m of the opinion that no joke, regardless how funny you may THINK it is (Maher is a funny bastard!) is worth hurting a friend
— Trumpism Delenda Est (@douglasctaylor) June 3, 2017
— Wallace Ritchie (@WallaceRitchie) June 3, 2017
Somebody tell Bill Maher that just bcaus brainwashed rappers tell the world that it’s okay or “cool” to say (cont) https://t.co/Kk7MZhgJPq
— Shannon Love (@MissesShannonMJ) June 3, 2017
And Ben Sasse & the audience chuckle along with Bill Maher’s racism… https://t.co/XZ1aqCeV2Z
— TC (@tchopstl_) June 3, 2017
I agree but Maher isn’t a liberal
— Petty For the World (@SeauxMelaux) June 3, 2017
Just a quick reminder that Bill Maher is trash
— BCC (@ByCommonConsent) June 3, 2017
— #HR40 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@DeWente69) June 3, 2017
Can y’all stop being so damn offended? Its a meaningless word used by everyone. Who gives a fuck if Bill Maher said it or not? It was funny.
— Doranian (@Kings_Secret) June 3, 2017