Five Quick Thoughts On Bill Maher Going Peak Bill Maher (And A Quick Aside On White People And Nigga/Nigger)
This is haircut and hoop day for me, so this is going to be quick.
1. I was actually watching the show when it happened. I wasn’t watchingwatching — which’ll be clearer in #2 — but the TV was on, and it was on Real Time with Bill Maher.
2. I didn’t actually hear him say it. (Neither did the Wife Person.) Maybe I was blowing my nose or googling bacon milkshakes or something, but I missed it and didn’t find out about it until after the show when I saw his name was trending. At first, the Wife Person and I were incredulous. Not that we didn’t believe he’d say that, but just that we’d both missed it live. But then we saw the clip, and it was confirmed. That nigga did say house nigga. (And yes, I just called Bill Maher a nigga. So far this morning, I’ve also called the following a nigga: The fly buzzing around my spare bedroom. A five dollar bill I forgot was still in a pair of sweatpants and discovered this morning. The sausage egg and cheese McMuffin I’m going to buy with that $5 when I’m done writing this. Melania Trump’s side peen.)
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 3, 2017
3. Nigga and nigger are two separate words with two separate meanings and connotations, and White people — regardless of how “down” or woke” they want to be — aint allowed to say either. Sorry, y’all. (And by “Sorry, y’all” I mean “LOLOLOL not fucking sorry at all get the fuck out of here and go kick some gluten-free rocks.”)