Bill Maher: nigger is “just a word”

Can we finally quit touting Bill Maher as some great left-leaning comedian who loves to stick it to conservative principles and politicians? Because he ain’t all that damn tolerant.

The video above shows Maher sort of defending Paula Deen, who was canned by Food Network after she admitted in a deposition for using the word nigger and talking about how she wanted to throw a good old Antebellum plantation style wedding.

The popular fauxgressive misogynistic douche bag, Maher speaks out both sides of his mouth by chastising Deen for her racist views and the use of the word nigger, but pegs the question: “Do we always have to make people go away?” after they are caught saying and doing offensive shit.

“It’s just a word,” Maher said. “It’s the wrong word and she’s wrong to use it, but do we always have to make people go away?”

Echoing Bob Herbert, New York Times columnist who was a guest on the show, yes. Yes, people should go away for calling people niggers and musing about hiring black people to pose as slaves in her fantasy Antebellum plantation wedding. It’s racist and blatantly offensive.

And, I should add, growing up in the American south does not give you a pass on your racism.

I get tired of these white, mostly male fauxgressives who like to actively claim they support the destruction of racism, but continue to fall into massive fucking fails when it comes to supporting and advocating for intersectionality. I get tired of people like Bill Maher getting a free pass in liberal circles just because he routinely goes after conservatives and Republicans for their hypocritical stance on how intrusive the government should be in our lives.

If you’re not convinced of Maher’s race problem, it’s been well-documented and not gone unnoticed in anti-racist circles. People like Maher and those who watch and support his show and comments like dedicated disciples continue to hide behind their fauxgressive persona while mocking and dismissing the struggles and experiences of marginalized groups.

One could argue that Maher makes no secret that while he likes to sleep with and date black women, he has no problem with debasing and ridiculing our experiences and lives in front of a majority white audience.

Maher and these same fauxgressive — who we should note are almost always white, male, cis and straight — like to rail about the hypocrisy and double standards of the right, but can’t even bear the thought of checking their own privilege whenever their actions are called into question.

I shouldn’t have to spell out this rudimentary racism 101 logic, but I’m certain Maher’s backers are truly ignorant of why his stance reeks of white male straight cis privilege.  The term nigger is not just a word; it’s a slur that was inflicted upon a group of people designed to remind said individuals of their inferiority; an inferiority those who follow the constructs of whiteness claimed was inscribed in The Bible, thus giving them free will to act out those murky passages.

The word nigger will always have more weight when used against a black person because it reminds us that whiteness is the reason why we are inherently ruled as The Other. Calling a black person a nigger is a latent, yet lethal way a white person can assert his or her’s domination over black people. Paula Deen’s use of the word, whether she meant it in a friendly or unfriendly way, demonstrates this sad state of affairs when it comes to being black in America.

There is no other word comparable to nigger that can be inflicted upon white people that will make blackness reign over whiteness.

So, no, Bill Maher. Nigger is not just a word. It’s a slur that allows people like you to use against people who look like me in the name of reminding me of your believed superiority; a superiority you automatically inherent by just coming into this world as a white male.