Ice Cube takes Bill Maher to task over N-word controversy

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According to, Maher sat down with Dyson, a longtime friend, a few minutes later and said: "I want you to school me".

Bill Maher on Friday again apologized for his use of the N-word on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, engaging in an extended conversation about race with author and academic Michael Eric Dyson. Ben Sasse asked, "Would you like to come work in the field with us?" on the June 2 episode of Real Time. As of now, Maher still maintains employment at HBO, but he spent most of Friday's Real Time repenting for his sins.

To his credit, Maher issued an apology for his racial slur gaffe. We are a trained thing that tries to get a laugh. "But I said no, apologies are sometimes appropriate ... this is appropriate".

"I know white boys like that who earn a pass from the work they put in", the text from Dyson's son read. "I remember when Mitt Romney was running, he had a book, 'No Apologies.' Like Americans should never apologize". On the live Friday night broadcast of his political talk show, to cheers of support, Maher greeted his studio audience by saying, "Thank you for letting a sinner in your midst". "The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry".

Maher responded the show was meant to be both. I love your show.

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The legendary rapper went on to make a powerful analogy about the non-black use of the word.

"Because I think that there's guys who are a little too familiar ... who might have a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid every now and then, and they think they can cross the line".

Celebrity guest Ice Cube took Maher to task, telling him honestly, "It's like a knife, man".

"That's our word now", he continued, "and you can't have it back". "But the coolest and most honorable white boys are the ones that choose not to act on that pass because they understand the history, pain and insensitivity behind the use of the n-word". You can use a weapon or you can use it as a tool. It's been used as a weapon against us, by white people.

While later in the show, guest and activist Symone Sanders said that it was like a 'slap in the face to black America'. Now I know you heard, it's in the lexicon, everybody's talking.