Ice Cube stopped by the Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday to promote the release of his ‘Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary’ edition, but instead, the rapper rose up and schooled the talk show host on why he can’t use the N-word.
Earlier this month, Maher referred to himself as a “house n*gga” when asked by Sen. Ben Sasse to come “work in the fields” of Nebraska. Many celebrity guests backed out of their scheduled appearances because of the controversial remark, but Cube had other plans.
Here are four drive-home statements the rapper made during his appearance.
This was bound to happen: “I knew you were gonna f*ck up sooner or later,” Cube said. “I love your show, you got a great show, but you’ve been bucking up against that line a little bit. You’ve got a lot of black jokes … Sometimes, you sound like a redneck trucker.”
You aren’t familiar: “I still think you need to get to the root of the psyche because I think there’s a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they’re a little too familiar, or they think they’re too familiar. Or, guys that, you know, might have a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid every now and then, and then they think they can cross the line … and they can’t.
That’s our word, you can’t have it back: “You know, it’s a word that has been used against us. It’s like a knife, man. You can use it as a weapon or you can use it as a tool. It’s when you use it as a weapon against us, by white people, and we’re not going to let that happen again … because it’s not cool … That’s our word, and you can’t have it back.”
It feels like a knife: “It’s not cool because when I hear my homie say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it feel like that knife stabbing you, even if they don’t mean to.”
Following the ignorant remark, Maher released a statement apologizing … he later backed that up also on Friday telling guest Michael Eric Dyson, author and professor of sociology at Georgetown, that he “did a bad thing” and that while “it was not said in malice, it caused pain and that’s why I apologized. I’m not that big of an asshole.”