During the latest episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, the 61-year-old TV host jokingly called himself a “house ni**a” while speaking to Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse. Many people, including celebrities, expressed outrage over Maher’s use of the N-word, and have since called for a boycott until HBO cancels the weekly talk show. The backlash wasn’t surprising; however, Killer Mike’s response definitely was.
Shortly after the internet began dragging Maher, Mike sent out a tweet insisting people were overreacting and that the TV host was simply doing his job.
Though Mike said he still believes Maher is protected by the First Amendment and, therefore, shouldn’t lose his job, he claims the situation would’ve gone done much differently if Maher and used the N-word in front of him.
During a recent interview for TMZ, the 42-year-old rapper was asked what he would’ve done if he was a guest on Friday’s episode.
“I would’ve punched Bill in his stomach. I would’ve punched Bill in his stomach and said, ‘You sound stupid,’ and we would’ve smoked a joint after,” Mike said. “You know why, because that’s what you do when your white friend does that when you’re 13 and he gets a little too comfortable and says it—you punch your friend in the stomach.”
He goes on to explain he is a strong believer in freedom of speech and supports everyone’s right to say what they want to say, even if he doesn’t agree with it. He also believes in people’s right to boycott Maher.
“If people want to protest him, fine, I support it. If people want to call for his job, do what you want to do,” he said. “As for me, though, I am not going to start limit entertainers in what they can say, because when you start doing that, you’re painting yourself in a corner, and you’re going to make sure your First Amendment rights are one day going to be out the door, and we really are going to live in a fascist country.”