Kinfolks! If you didn’t know already on last week’s broadcast of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Mahr(RTWBM), the host used the N-word while interviewing a Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. When I first heard him say the word while watching the live broadcast, I had to run it back just to make sure I heard him correctly. Now I wasn’t surprised or upset for that matter, because I am not that naive to think that white people never say the word in private. What surprised me is the fact that he let it slip on live television. Mahr is known for being an asshole and saying sensational things to get a rise, but this time he really stepped in it.
Of course he got on the “internets” to make an apology, most likely after the brass at HBO called him and forced him to do so.
“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,” Maher said in a statement. “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.”
Do I really care about his apology? No. Was it genuine? No. Do I feel like Bill Mahr is a racist? No. Do I feel like he should be fired? No, because we have a man(
imbecile) running the country who has said far worst. Do we have to forgive Bill Mahr? No. Are black people allowed to be upset with Mahr? Yes. Can white people put a time limit on the outrage black people feel from Mahr using the word? No. The bottom line is Bill Mahr got too familiar, and has most likely been around black people who have allowed him to use this word. They have done him a great disservice, by not informing him “that shit” ain’t cool outside of our company, and you might get f*cked up for using that word.
So after the backlash Mahr continued his apology tour on this week’s episode RTWBM. He brought Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson on to co-sign his bullshit, and the whole exchange seemed disingenuous.
Ice Cube was also on the show and he “chastised(
coddled)” Mahr. While I respect Ice Cube and everything he has accomplished in his career, I don’t look to him to be able dissect race issues in America. There were so many other people Mahr could have brought on to really discuss this issue, but clearly that was not the goal of this broadcast. Mahr seemed somewhat annoyed with Ice Cube that he was being taken to task for his use of the N-word, because “He apologized!” for God’s sake!
Symone Sanders however better articulated the problem with Bill Mahr’s use of the N-word. We needed more people like her to really drive the point home for Mahr and his white viewers. At the end of the day this whole episode was the song and dance the corporate machine behind RTWBM made Bill Mahr participate in. If he had a choice I honestly don’t think he would have addressed it at all. It would have been business as usual on RTWBM.
Whut say you?