Bill Maher is the worst, and has been consistently the worst for decades. His cavalier use of the word n****r on his HBO show Friday night sparked outrage, and rightfully so, but it’s not like Maher hasn’t exhibited his tendency to say racist, sexist, transphobic and Islamophobic things in the past.
His whole shtick, after all, is anti-political correctness with a seemingly “liberal” bent, but this latest incident is a perfect example of how being “liberal” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be racist. But as Afropunk writer Hari Zayed observed on Monday, people have suddenly decided to be outraged at Maher because “white liberalism makes lightning-rod terms the problem in order to deflect from the structures beneath them.”
On Saturday, Maher issued an apology for dropping the n-bomb, but HBO has no plans to suspend or fire him. Which makes sense, because he’s a rich white man who has probably made the network a lot of money. But damn, there are so many people ― particularly people of color ― who would be funnier, more insightful, and far less obnoxiously smug in Maher’s time slot.
Below are just a few people who should have their own late night political talk show ― who definitely aren’t Bill Maher:
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Aisha Tyler is a co-host of “The Real.” She is a co-host of “The Talk.”