Ice Cube Take Offence And Confronts Bill Maher Over The Use Of The N-Word

Bill Maher the talk show host is no stranger to controversy, but this time comments he made on his show Real Time have seen him cross the line angering many people.

It started when Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska jokingly asked Maher to work in the fields, whereby Maher replied, Work in the Fields?, Senator, I am a house n*gga. Rapper Ice Cube took offence to Maher’s statement and went onto the show to discuss the incident with Maher personally. Ice Cube is known for his highly politicized rap lyrics since the days of his rap group N.W.A and it was generally expected that Ice would be aggressive with Maher during the interview, but handled the controversy with a brilliant display of cool and understanding.

During the show, Ice Cube said that he accepted Maher’s apology, but needed to get to the root of the psyche. Ice explained, “Because I think it’s a lot of guys out there, who cross the line because they’re a little too familiar or they think they’re too familiar. Or its guys that y’know, 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.”

Ice went on to say that the N word has historically been used against African Americans, you can use the word as a weapon or a tool, the whites have used the word as weapon, going on to say that we are not going to let that happen again, it’s not cool, that’s our word now and you can’t have it back. Ice Cube says he is ok with people saying the N word while rapping along to his or other rappers songs because those are not the listener’s lyrics, but that is where the line is drawn.

Ice Cube said, “You gotta check yourself before you wreck yourself period because if not, it’s gonna be an issue.”
An apologetic Bill Maher went on to say of his slip up that it had happened once, he was asked a weird question and he replied with a bad joke. … It happened, and it was wrong. People make mistakes; we’re all sinners.”