Maybe you can call this a teaching moment?
The social-media clap-back was immediate and it warranted a surprisingly quick apology from Maher, whose public persona has always had a pretty strong "no apologies" swagger to it.
On Friday's Real Time With Bill Maher the host continued in an apologetic tone, telling guest Michael Eric Dyson, an author and professor of sociology at Georgetown, that he "did a bad thing" and that it didn'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 a**hole."
And then, Ice Cube stepped to the mic and let Bill have it...