The Devaluation of Words - The Case of Bill Maher

One of the biggest topics of last week was Bill Maher saying...

One of the biggest topics of last week was Bill Maher saying the n-word on his show Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO in an interview with Republican Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska). My take on this situation in the video.

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bitter-clinger
bitter-clinger

I wonder what Mr cube thinks of david allen coe's use of that word in his classic " if that aint country"....he uses the word but not in a disrespectful manner.

DragonFli_X
DragonFli_X

As a westernized bi-racial Asian/Pacific Islander (XD) I don't seem to care so much about the word chink (in my case) or (lol - ) mis-titling my cultural ancestry (I tend to project a person of multiple Asian descents). I do throw up a front to act offended, but to be honest - never had anyone call me any of those out of hatred or a superiority complex aimed at degrading my existence to get "triggered." (especially in the deep south)... That being said, all of my friends, family, and acquaintances who are originally not from Western South-eastern culture do get severely offended by the derogatory nomenclature. I do get offended when someone spews derogatory names at my wife, my daughter, or those whom I feel are unable to speak back in defense.

Frankandthebadseeds
Frankandthebadseeds

Understand were Ice Cube is coming from. That word has a lot of hate behind it. It is like calling an asian a chink or gook. or an Irish person a mick. sure they are words but lets be real here If someone called you a chink how would you feel it is the same thing. free speech is great but do not get triggered if someone calls you out on being an asshole. no one says these things in jest. and as far as Ice Cube selling albums littered with that word I do not agree with that either let that word fade in to extinction. thats my two cents anyway

Konoruck
Konoruck

What I took task with was Ice Cube saying its a word that has been used as a weapon or a tool. When white people use it, its a weapon. When I hear my homies say it, it dont feel like venom. Forget that he has made a carreer selling albums littered with that word(sold both to white and black people), Forget how many videos you see of black people fighting and using that word CLEARLY as a weapon or a word of hate. Be real Ice cube...and Simone Sanders has zero credibility about anything race related as she has, on air, laughed or brushed off violence against while people

RoamingMillennial
RoamingMillennial

I'm not a fan of Bill Maher, but I've always respected his stance on free speech. It kind of disappointed me to see how he rolled over to everyone who was triggered once he saw the backlash. Again, I don't even like Bill Maher, but what he said wasn't offensive, and it was clearly said in jest.