Bill Maher does a “Kathy Griffin” — sparks OUTRAGE on live TV

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Perhaps be was trying to bail out Kathy Griffin by drawing controversy to himself – because now Bill Maher is never going to hear the end of it.

Maher is now under assault from both the Left-wing outrage police, and even some on the Right looking for an excuse to criticize the liberal host. In an interview with Ben Sasse, the following exchange transpired:

“I’ve gotta get to Nebraska more,” offered Maher.

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“You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” joked Sen. Sasse.

Then it happened: “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house ni**a.”

Obviously, it was the use of the n-word that rubbed people the wrong way. Sasse is also under fire for not “condemning” Maher on his own show for using an inappropriate word in what was obviously a joke.

When Sasse took to Twitter to promote his interview with Maher he initially didn’t even mention the “n-word” comment, given the context. Though after some blowback, he then changed his tune a bit (which did absolutely nothing to calm the outrage police).

The fact is, context matters. If Maher had used the n-word to insult a black person, the outrage would be understandable.

He didn’t.

Nearly three decades ago George Carlin explained this much better than I could have ever hoped to [with pretty strong language]:

“Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent a kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it. And it gets worse with every generation. For some reason it just keeps getting worse.”

Ain’t that the truth – for those on one side of the political spectrum in particular.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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