During Friday's "Real Time," Bill Maher replied to Sen. Ben Sasse's suggestion that he visit Nebraska and work in the fields with the remark, "I'm a house n****," and
Activists like Jesse Jackson and Deray McKesson tweeted :
NAN wants to meet w/ HBO asap about the normalizing of the use of the N word. I know and love Bill Maher but this is unacceptable. I will— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 3, 2017
By Saturday morning, the network responded, saying the comment was "tasteless" and would be edited from future airings.
Of course it was tasteless and inexcusable, but that's the entire punishment? Some, even on the conservative side, are claiming it's a case of HBO minimizing what Maher said and that he should pay a harsher price.
Maher has now issued an apology:
“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.”
Will this be a case of "apology accepted" and everyone will move along, or will his detractors still be calling for his head?