There has been a rather ridiculous argument as of late for firing Bill Maher for his recent use of the "n-word" on his HBO television show. I say ridiculous because it stinks of hypocrisy in the light of the endless acceptance of use of said word by black rappers in daily life. As I see it either we can completely reject the use of the word or we can accept that assholes are going to keep using it regardless of whether or not they are black or white. It's really as simple as that.
For the record I am no fan of Bill Maher. I once was, but not after his idiotic endorsement of the neoliberal warmonger psychopath Hillary Clinton. I believe it is everyone's individual right to endorse and vote for whomever without fear or reprisal. However Mr. Maher used the pulpit of his television show to castigate everyone who chose to disagree with him. Now that the election is over it's obvious that Bill Maher was seriously wrong in his endorsement and even more so in his idioticy for attacking others who didn't choose the greatest of all evils by voting for Hillary Clinton.
I say that because of the endless Russophobic McCarthyism that has gripped the nation, all the byproduct of the Clinton loss. Clinton, being the warmonger that she is would had surely plunged us into an insane unwinnable war with Russia that would have turned nuclear and resulted in the end of civilization and brought about human extinction. Clearly nothing Trump has done could be said to equal such a evil outcome.
Many in politics and the military warned of just such an outcome should Clinton had been elected. The fact that she couldn't open her mouth without scapegoating Russia (for any and everything) before the election, and now the endless Russian Hysteria post election (some surely butt-hurt Clintonites seeking revenge, but a lot is the ongoing process of pushing us to war with Russia via the same Deep State agencys that were backing Clinton) certainly drives home the seriousness of the danger that a Hillary Clinton presidentcy would have produced. So in backing this monster Maher lost me as a supporter. I only say here that on this he should not be fired because my hypocrisy only goes so far. If Maher is to be fired let it be for something of consequence not something that small minded bigoted no talent scum get away with using constantly.
So yes, let's condemn Maher. Then let's likewise condemn the endless parade of hypocrite morons who belittle and degrade us fellow members of the black race by their own inexcusable use of the damnable word. Or until we are willing to do the latter, let's not have the hypocrisy to insist on the former. Personally, as a bisexual black woman I find a LOT more to be offended by in rap "music" overall than by the stupidity of Bill Maher.
Like Oprah has said it's time to retire permanently this ugly word from all our collective vocabulary. And by all, I, like Oprah do mean ALL of us. But until that happens we should have to endure the free speech of idiots like Maher as much as we may dislike it, because we continue to make hypocritical excuses for our own to do the same.