While "Real Time" is on a summer break, Bill Maher is still engaged in political jokes. Friday afternoon, the HBO host drew fire from the left for what many see as a racist tweet.
"This N Korean [sic] thing is getting tense! I mean, I think it is, I'm on vaca. The ladies at my nail salon are freaking out, that's what I know!" Maher tweeted.
Maher was similarly denounced a few weeks ago when he referred to himself using the N-word. Maher made an apology and brought on major African American voices to have an honest conversation about race.
Still, the internet went after Maher:
@billmaher Did they love you long time? Did you hurry up and buy?— Does it matter? (@Does it matter?)1499457453.0
@billmaher advise you to delete this tweet— JohnBrownRaccoonTroop🌹 (@JohnBrownRaccoonTroop🌹)1499457193.0
@billmaher This is fucked up even for you Bill— The Grunch What Ate Christmas (@The Grunch What Ate Christmas)1499457564.0
@billmaher I've looked at this tweet five times and I keep thinking it's Bill Mitchell, does he write for you now?— John O'Laughlin (@John O'Laughlin)1499457418.0
Stop acting like Bill Maher is better than your racist drunk uncle at Thanksgiving just because he hates the politicians you hate. Do better— Sam Sanders (@Sam Sanders)1499458420.0
@Popehat Bill Maher and Ann Coulter get along famously. I believe it is because they are both performance artists… https://t.co/q2KHAHJlKF— Mitchell Epner (@Mitchell Epner)1499459574.0
so bill maher only has a career because he says what racist white people are thinking but passes it off as a joke?… https://t.co/R9ewDq2a2O— East & Southeast Asian Beauty (@East & Southeast Asian Beauty)1499459073.0
Bill maher is a lazy hack. He should retire https://t.co/GisAnkvCby— she writes stuff💬📝☕️ (@she writes stuff💬📝☕️)1499459978.0
@billmaher oof, that's a hack joke....are you going to tell us to take your wife, please?— Seva (@Seva)1499457911.0
Some defended him:
Bill Maher is the king of pseudo-ironic racism, defined as the sort of racism poorly concealed by people who are really into Portlandia— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats)1499459456.0
@billmaher I'm not going to be able to go a whole month without some sanity, Bill. Hurry back!— Tim Weisberg (@Tim Weisberg)1499457065.0