Pitts: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

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Al Franken as a guest on Friday's "Real Time" following Bill Maher's controversial use of the n-word last week. HBO censored the remark when it was rebroadcast that night and issued a statement calling the slur "inexcusable and tasteless".

"Maher used the word once before while appearing on Larry King's CNN show when commenting on Newt Gingrich's accusation that then-President Obama held a "Kenyan anti-colonial worldview". The fact that he doesn't understand the history of the word and his comfort with saying it once again, just brought me back to when I was on the show many, many years ago", Johnson stated. It does. So let's throw away the facade and the bullshit.

"I think you have to use better judgment", the Get Hard actor continued. Sometimes, you gotta know when to shut up.

"R$3 ich, white guys are the reason why black people are in the position they're in", Ice Cube told Rolling Stone, seeming to have Mr. Maher in view. "He's a friend of mine", Franken said during a book discussion with CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Tuesday evening at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pens a column for The Hollywood Reporter these days, and in his latest offering, he weighed in on the firestorm surrounding HBO talk show host Bill Maher. Franken was scheduled to appear on the next show to promote his new book Giant of the Senate but canceled. "Senator, I'm a house n--".

"Everybody feels like they can make a joke and cross that line", Cube explains, noting that he sees "cartoons that are way more offensive" than they should be on Adult Swim as well. And it's just not amusing, the bully mentality.

Cube also highlighted the historical revisionism in Maher's joke. "And you're going to make sure that one day your First Amendment rights are out the door, and we're going to live in a fascist country".

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