Another comedian is causing headlines for a less than funny “joke.”Bill Maher used the N-word during a conversation with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse on Friday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.Maher, 61, responded to Sasse’s question, “Would you like to come work in the field with us?” with the N-word.Sasse, who looked slightly taken aback by the comment, lightly chuckled but did not comment on the choice word.Maher told the audience it was a joke, but people were quick to take to Twitter to address the late night veteran’s comment.
One person to come to Bill Maher defense was Kelly Carlin, daughter of comedy legend George Carlin. She responded to the outrage by tweeting out a video of her father talking about the N-word in a bit about judging words based on their context.
“Work in the fields?” Maher asked. “Senator, I’m a house n–.”
“I’m a comic. I crossed the line, I moved the line and then I crossed the line,” Griffin, 56, said in a video posted on Twitter. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, it wasn’t funny.”