Ice Cube appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show on Friday (June 9), where he addressed Maher for referring to himself as a “house n****r” in a previous episode. The veteran rapper got serious with Maher when he asked him, “What made you think it was ok to say that?”

Cube went on to say that it’s very hurtful to him anytime a white person says the n-word, even if he says they didn’t mean it. He explained, “It’s like a knife, man. When I hear my homies say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it’s like a knife.” Cube then added, “That’s our word now, and you can’t have it back.”

Check out an excerpt from the show above.

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