Ice Cube explains to Bill Maher why he can’t use the n-word

Ice Cube said he wasn’t going to cancel his trip to the Bill Maher show over Maher using the n-word and he stuck to his guns.

In case you don’t remember, Maher made an off the cuff “joke” about working in the fields, he said that wasn’t for him because he’s a “house n*gga.” Needless to say, that didn’t go over with black people or white people.

Cube was on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher this week and the interview followed the apology Maher opened with where he said, “I did a bad thing. For black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, it’s caused pain. It doesn’t matter that it was not said in malice, it caused pain and that’s why I apologized.”

Ice Cube told Maher that he was “cool with” him and that he enjoyed watching the show. That doesn’t mean, however, that he did not take issue with Maher’s comments the previous week.

“I accept your apology, but I think we need to get to the root of the psyche. Because I think it’s a lot of guys out there, who cross the line ‘cause they a little too familiar or they think they too familiar.” Cube said. “Or it’s guys that y’know, might have a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid every now and then. And they think they can cross the line. And they can’t. It’s a word that’s 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 been used as a weapon, against us. By white people. And we not gon’ let that happen again. By nobody. Because it’s not cool.”

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