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Bill Maher drops N-word to Larry King; nobody notices [poll]

Bill Maher and Larry King Bill Maher dropped the N-word during an interview Larry King's show Tuesday, the same day he picked up his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

No, we didn't notice either.

The "Real Time With Bill Maher" host, who'd thanked George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and the pope for his star earlier in the day, said he couldn't wait to see the GOP debates before the 2012 presidential election.

"How are they going to out fire-breathe each other? I mean where this rhetoric has gone to at this point? It's only 2010. And we're having Newt Gingrich, as we were talking about before, calling [the president] an anti-colonial Luo tribesman. Luo tribesman," Maher said.

"That's the new Kenyan, Larry. And Kenyan, of course, was code for [the N-word]. But that's where they are. They can't say it out loud. But that's where this whole campaign is going to be."

According to the CNN transcript, King did not react specifically to Maher's choice of words.

Dr. Laura, are you listening?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bill Maher, left, with Larry King in Hollywood on Tuesday. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

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Totally agree with disbelief if it ain't right for Dr. Laura ( who I cant stand either) then it shouldn't be ok with Bill Maher I dont care if you are white, black, brown whatever these type of remarks are wrong

Take it easy Bill hater's! For the record Bill Maher may lean more to the left but he's never identified himself as Liberal, and quite often call out Liberals if need be just as he would against certain conservative types such as wacko's like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Bill O' Reilly, Newt Gingrich and George Bush (to name a few)...and all the power to him. As for the rational people on this blog, I agree Bill's use of the "N" word was appropriate based on the context in which he used it. And that was to call out and expose Newt Gingrich for what he really is---a racist bigot...tell it like it is Bill!

P.S 'Love Valley Dave' : love him or hate him, one think Bill Maher is not is a moron

Acceptable because he was pointing out what the loonies in the GOP really think.

Lots of racists here rueing the day they lost the ability to say the N word in public.

Bill Maher didn't use the word to describe blacks. He used the word that is in the subtext of what Newt Gingritch (and the rest of racist clan) when accusing Obama of being a Luo tribeman.

Sounds to me like he was mimicking the perceived thoughts of the people he was talking about, thoughts they won't say publicly but will act on in all kinds of nasty, classist and racist ways. That's what he was illustrating, not what he thought per se. For that reason (mindreading) only, it's okay. Otherwise, absolutely not.

There is a huge difference in how Maher used this word vs. Dr. Laura. Get a grip LA Times. His point being that the Republican party will take the 2012 campaign down a very slippery slope if the 2010 mid term season is any forecast. The Republicans should all be rounded up and incarcerated for destroying this country - and after we have incarcerated every last neanderthal, we should throw away the key.

These two make a great pair. Vile comments about anyone but far-left progressives. When a word like this is used by them, where are the Al Shapton's and Jesse Jacksons? What hypocrocy...typical from the leftist Hollywood elites.

Yet another example of how liberals are allowed to say and do whetever they want, without recourse. I can only imagine the parade of stories in the liberal media if a Conservative had dropped the N-word...I'm so tired of the hypocrisy.

Hey, haven't we already oulawed the books that use ni??er? Like Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn? Mark Twain is generally recognized as one of the great American authors, but forbidden in many schools now because of Political Correctness. The censors of this country should bow their heads in shame. But they won't. They will take your freedom of speech away because it's not the speech they condone, even though that speech is used daily by "people of color". What a euphemism that is. We are losing the language, people. And the one's that are leading the charge are the ne's who shield themselves in the First Amendment.

He is the reason I will not watch or support HBO. He is one stupid, stupid person. And as for him saying the N word. He is a liberal and of course the libs are not going to come out against him, he is one of them. He is supposed to be a comedian but the joke is on the stupid people who watch him. The man is dumber than a rock. Sarah Palin is smarter and that is saying something.

This is a somewhat classic double standard...but an acceptable one. How can I say this, I saw the interview, It was an explanation of how the republican party views Obama..in the sense that they will not be lead by a black man no matter what.

I've been in situation where a person has rather Quit a job that he needed rather than be an employee of a black account manager. Same princible, It's an angry retort to a very real suspicion. IN that sense it laid out the argument very clear, It was in all honesty the best word to use to convey the expected sentiment percieved.
Republicans dont have any problem with blacks they are over...or even the ones they are equal to..it's the ones that are over them. Mr. Steele can attest to that even.

One must view the use of the word in context. And I think Maher's use was entirely appropriate. Must I be coerced into saying I read Conrad's novella "The N-word of the Narcissus", or Firbank's "Prancing N-word?" Of course not.

While it is completely unacceptable to direct the N-word at someone (I would write it out, but my comment would probably get screened), the word itself is not inherently obscene, or any more obscene than many other words that are used on American television.

I was watching, and was pleasantly surprised to see (hear?) that CNN did not bleep it.

He also throws around the word "retarded." He's a maggot.

"Bill Mayer's interpretation of the Kenyan-N word is "very appropriate" and timely." It is what the GOP and Taxed Enough Already folks have been speaking publicly "in code" since the results of the 2008 Presidential Election. "It is a twenty-first century form of Richard M. Nixon's Southern Strategy."

I'm sorry, did he say "kenyan" or the "N" word? Are you saying that we cant say "kenyan" anymore? How am I to answer when someone asks what her heritage is and where she is from? Or is it that in that context its ok, but not ok to say "hey you, Kenyan"???


I am a Black woman. I don't like the "N" word. I don't use it and would prefer it not be used in my presence. However, what my preference and what is reality is two different things. No, it's not "acceptable" but what can one do? It's not as if one can constantly control what someone else says.

Moreover, I don't think that we as African Americans help empower ourselves in any way by cringing at the "N" word every single time someone uses it. That would be as silly as that scene in that Monty Python movie where the person cringes when the word "nee" is used. People go through great and small indignities everyday. I choose to not let my world come to an end simply because a celebrity used that word and showed their ignorance.

"Racist" (Marxist Democrat version): noun Anyone who disagrees with Clueless Comrade Barry.

What is good for Dr. Laura is good for Bill Maher, right? You mean NO? It is NOT OK for Dr. Laura, but it IS for Bill? What is that all about? Hmmmm, wait, I know-Conservative Woman vs. Liberal Man-that's it-the media jumped down Dr. Laura's throat, but "overlooked" Bill. Is anyone surprised?

Question: How is it possible to make a living as a comedian and actually never say anthing funny?

Answer: Promulgate Marxist ideology and ridicule anyone who exhibits a basic understanding of history and/or economics.

I am glad to read about what Bill said. I had heard Newt's comments about the Kenyan and it didn't register with me, that he was referring the N-word. Newt is disgusting enough, and and thanks to Bill, Newt is even more a so!

of course its acceptable for a liberal to say it. We can't say anything if a liberal says anything racial. After all we all know he is just being cool. If a conservative said it oh my gosh! it would be hell. Jesse Jackson the good reverend Al Sharpton and every liberal news media would be demanding his show be cancelled, he get fired, he take sensitivity courses and of course do a an imus apologize to the nation. I am shocked the Liberal Times is even mentioning it.

"liberal": code word for brain dead Marxist.

Which is more troubling, the use of a "forbidden word" or the lie that anyone who opposes the President is a racist?

Yes, most if not all racists oppose the President, but not all those who oppose him are racist. Let's stop popularizing people who have so little intellectual resources that they can only cast epithets at those with whom they disagree.

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