The comedian posted a comment that stereotypes Asian-Americans on Friday.
Just weeks after he drew widespread criticism for using a racial slur on his HBO program Real Time, Bill Maher once again finds himself on the receiving end of backlash following a recent tweet.
“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!” the comedian wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon, referencing a recent missile launch by the country.
Following his use of the N-word in June, Maher apologized on-air the following week on Real Time. “I did a bad thing,” Maher said on his show, addressing the backlash he’d received to guest Michael Eric Dyson. “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. I’m not that big of an asshole.”
Maher went on to say that he is “just a product of the country, but I don’t want to pretend that this is more of a race thing than a comedian thing. We are trained to get a laugh. This is not the first time I’ve gotten in trouble because that’s what comedians are somehow wired to do. Sometimes we transgress a sensitivity point.”
In early June, HBO condemned the use of Maher’s racial slur after it aired. “Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless,” read the June 3 statement. “We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”
Unlike cable TV hosts, Maher doesn’t face as much advertiser pressure due to boycotts on premium cabler HBO, where he has hosted Real Time since 2003.
A request for comment from Maher was not immediately returned.