Boycott and Ban Bill Maher For Fueling Racism & Hate In America: End 'Real Time'
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The politically charged comedian Bill Maher exposed his comfort with using the term "House Nigger" Friday night during an interview with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
Sasse was promoting his book, "The Vanishing American Adult" on Maher's HBO show, "Real Time."
The two were discussing teenagers and maturity when Maher mentioned that adults dress up for Halloween in California. He then asked Sasse if people do that in Nebraska.
"It's frowned upon. We don't do that quite as much," Sasse said.
"I've got to get to Nebraska more," Maher replied.
"You're welcome. We'd love to have you work in the fields with us," the senator added.
"Work in the fields? Senator, I'm a house nigger," Maher said.
Some audience members groaned while others laughed. Sasse briefly kept quiet.
"No, it's a joke," Maher said, breaking the silence.
The exchange sparked outrage on social media, where tweets poured in condemning Maher's behavior:
"But really, @BillMaher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable," tweeted Deray McKesson, activist and Black Lives Matter leader.
Now let's stop right here and really think about this... In recent news we've heard about people being murdered by white supremacists, the N word being spray painted on LeBron's house, and statistics show Donald Trump's rise has coincided with an explosion of hate groups. The last thing we need is another ghostly- looking white man with a platform thinking it's alright to effortlessly joke about the pain of slavery.
Bill Maher portrays himself as an intelligent man, therefore one would think he would know just how bad the timing is on tossing around the term 'House Nigger' in a room full of white people, and laughing about it. Well guess what... He doesn't know!!!! So, that's when this petition to HBO comes along to remind Bill Maher, that we will not accept his plantation terminology as humor during such a racist moment in America, and we think now is the 'Real Time' for Bill Maher's show to be boycotted.
Chuck Modiano from NY Daily News said it best:
"When Bill Maher is at his best, he can be insightful, funny, and even brilliant. In 2017, he is harmful, outdated and dangerous. Where does a line get drawn?"
Boycott HBO's 'Real Time' w/ Bill Maher, and demand his immediate termination.
sources: @804StreetMedia, CNN
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