The last time HBO comedian Bill Maher surged into national headlines, he was on the job. In an edition of his show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host was trying to be his edgy best in a talk with GOP Sen. Ben Sasse. In response to an invitation from the Nebraskan to come “work in the fields,” Maher said, “Work in the fields? Senator, I am a house n–––––.”
Individuals, appropriately, slammed Maher for deploying a racial slur. Though the highly smug host has long deplored public apologies, he managed to eke one out. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry,” said a statement from Maher.
This time, Maher doesn’t have the “banter of a live moment” excuse. Nor does he have much of an excuse on any other front, either. Here’s what he tweeted this afternoon:
This N Korean thing is getting tense! I mean, I think it is, I'm on vaca. The ladies at my nail salon are freaking out, that's what I know!
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 7, 2017
Seems the host was trying to make some kind of joke about Asians and nail salons.
Hahahaha oh Bill a joke about Koreans and nail salons youre so edgy man bringing down the house over here lol but seriously youre the worst
— Hussein Beydoun (@MrBeydoun) July 7, 2017
oh I get it
it's because they're Asian
Asian people look similar and work at nail salons. That's the joke. https://t.co/Uoaz5P4JSb
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) July 7, 2017
Maher’s long history of Islamophobic and sexist comments gets invoked whenever he decides to roar anew. Perhaps he likes all the attention.
Surely his employer, however, does not. After the n-word incident, HBO released an admonishing statement: “Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.” Though the nail-salon tweet poses no problem vis-a-vis the show’s airings, it does indicate his priorities: Stabs at humor — extremely lame ones included — take precedence over everything, including respect for Asians, African Americans, or whatever group the comedian feels like stereotyping today. That he chose to do this while allegedly on vacation reflects his full-time commitment to bigotry.
HBO didn’t return a request for comment right away.