HBO has responded to one of its biggest personalities using the N word on national television. But not everyone is satisfied with its reaction.
On Friday, Bill Maher used the racial slur as he interviewed Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, prompting many to call for the cable network to fire the popular liberal host.
And while some made a desperate attempt to somehow blame Sasse for what Maher did, HBO released a statement describing what action it would take.
NEW: HBO calls Bill Maher’s use of racial slur on last night’s show “completely inexcusable and tasteless”: https://t.co/raVEihdSbm pic.twitter.com/wsrktRn1Qo
— ABC News (@ABC) June 3, 2017
Maher issued an apology shortly thereafter.
“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry,” he said in a statement.
Some on social media appeared to not want to have any action taken at all, while others found HBO’s response to be a lot less than they wanted.
This is an Onion headline, right?
— Totes McGotes (@TotesMcGotes) June 3, 2017
Fuck no. I’m a blk man. I watched him joke on any race creed party or religion every week. He bette not apologize. I love dude
— junie gyllenhaal (@lifesabrees) June 3, 2017
Maher’s firing was the only move HBO had. Vocal racist cannot be tolerated in a civil society.
— Harry Parker (@RaidersHLP) June 3, 2017
Please call @hbo to request #FireBillMaher over his joke about slavery and use of the N word! 212-512-1000. Monday!
— Candace Walker (@Bellagospel) June 3, 2017
As an Afr American male > 40 I’m not offended. Bill identified w/ a common phrase which helps marginalize the phrase. Stay strong Bill!
— David Williams (@WhyYouSoBougie) June 3, 2017
As a black woman I wasn’t offended. I don’t like that word but it was a joke. I laughed actually. Folks are way to sensitive.
— Don’trainonmyparade (@Shawntadaye) June 3, 2017
He should have been terminated over his transphobia. If he gets away with this blatant racial comment then @HBO is fine with racism.
— Daniel English (@gaydarkpriest) June 3, 2017
The network that brought us “Girls” finds something “tasteless.” https://t.co/Q55Hi8qu3Z
— Uncle Maffoo (@TheRealMaffoo) June 3, 2017
Remove HIM from any future airings of the show. @HBO https://t.co/Oh5fau6GpL
— Erica Fuentes (@EricaYoFuentes) June 3, 2017
I’m confused…why hasn’t Bill Mayer been fired!! This is ridiculous…waiting to learn something new!!!
— Gregory Vaughan (@GregoryJVaughan) June 4, 2017
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