Ice Cube & Bill Maher

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Rapper, entrepreneur, director, Ice Cube interviewed with comedian Bill Maher as he addressed his use of the n-word during Friday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Time.

Ice Cube didn’t hold anything back, he eloquently let Bill have it without getting angry that he used a word that he had no right using no matter the case. Once Ice Cube was introduced, Bill began saying, “I did a bad thing.” Yes, he said a word that he had no business saying but that’s how he really feels about the black race, it doesn’t matter that he dates black women. A lot of white men date black women, that doesn’t mean they are open to the entire race, what came out of his mouth is how he really felt.

“I knew you was going to f–k up sooner or later. I love your show, but you been bucking up that line a little bit. You got a lot of black jokes… Sometimes you sound like a redneck trucker,” Ice Cube said.

“What made you think that it was cool to say that,” he asked. After Bill tried explaining why he thought it was okay to use “house n-gger” in last week’s episode and then followed up with an apology, Ice Cube said, “I accept your apology, but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche, because I think there are a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they a little too familiar… or is guys who had a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid now and then think they can cross the line, and they can’t.”

Ice Cube compared it to “a knife.” “You can use it as a weapon or you can use it as a tool. It’s been used as a weapon against us by white people, and we’re not gonna let that happen again by nobody, because it’s not cool. It’s in the lexicon, everybody talk it, but it’s our word now. You can’t have it back.”

Ice Cube gave him a verbal tongue lashing, Bill Maher looked stupid and felt stupid, but this will not be the last time he uses that word. It doesn’t matter that he was called out by Ice Cube, he is used to saying that word, if he wasn’t, it wouldn’t have come out so easily. His apology means nothing to me but it meant something to Ice Cube. I love how he represented our race without having to get ugly with the comedian.