Bill Maher keeps on doing it his way - Los Angeles Times
One time Bill Maher was on Meet the Press, and it was hilarious. George Will like tore into him, because once you get in with the big boys who. Bill Maher on Friday used his HBO series Real Time With Bill Maher to vent when asked whether he would vote Democrat in the next election. presidential campaign and senior aide to President George W. Bush, . Associated Press . Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir. Here's a possible solution to the calamitous ratings slide happening over at CNN: hire George Will and Bill Maher to co-host some sort of prime.
Bill Maher keeps on doing it his way
Maher hasn't changed his on-screen persona much over the last two decades. But because his version of comedy is of a more firebrand sort than his counterparts — a person of relative privilege he went to Cornell speaking up for the common man, against a rigged system, and really against political correctness — it makes him an ideal entertainer for this age of populist anger.
Maher first resisted the candidate, then went after him with the zeal of a child knocking down a Weeble Wobble. This moment has animated Maher because of its comedic possibilities. But it's also clear that there's a more complex reason that this season of truth-telling outsiders has galvanized him: He sees himself as one of them. Because I'm not afraid to step on third rails, and Trump eats third rails for breakfast. The Western European model--you pay more and you get more," Maher said, explaining his Sanders support.
Maher's political ideology might be described as "progressive with a side of stridency," usually aimed at those he feels are not acknowledging the obvious. Most often this comes up with questions of religious, gender and ethnic sensitivities, which is why, in the now-infamous on-air debate in between Ben Affleck and controversial Islam-questioning secularist Sam Harris about whether radicalism was at the faith's core, Maher didn't stand back but actively sided with Harris — setting off a cataclysmic backlash on Liberal Twitter.
Maher remains unapologetic about such instances, "Everyone says, 'I'm offended. I don't make a federal case of it.
A lot of movies with black people have done well at the Oscars. I'm sorry that 'The Martian' was not black. But white people can go into space too. Others see such remarks as provocations for their own sake — a kind of ideological showmanship or, more calculatedly, an attempt to maintain his street cred by biting the liberal hand. Those who work with Maher say he can revel in the agitated reactions. But it is not, they say, what motivates him.
I think it just works for him — the more honest he is, the more successful he gets. It has also though, perhaps, rubbed some in the industry the wrong way. For a year span beginning inthe show was nominated for the late-night Emmy alongside "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," a program with similar political-comedy ambitions.
It lost to "The Daily Show" every time.
Maher said he doesn't see this as a disappointment, though his comments suggest it continues to gnaw. Any show that gets people to be interested in news instead of I think we lost because we were better. People were not going to vote for the atheist. They weren't going to vote for the guy who says something about Islam.
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If you're ahead of the parade, people don't notice—it's like the tree in the forest. It's the middle of the parade that wins the Emmy. I think stereotypes are true and rehab is for quitters. New Rules [ edit ] Bill Maher's New Rules 8 April More and more American pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control because of their personal moral objections.
Hey, you know what would really teach us a lesson? If you took off your pretend doctor jacket and got another job. Yeah, but the problem is, not everyone gets their morals from the same book. You go by the book that says slavery is okay but sex is wrong until after marriage, at which point it becomes a blessed sacrament between a husband and the wife who is withholding it. In conclusion, let me say to all the activist pharmacists out there, the ones who think sex is bad probably because sex with them always is.
Fellas, a pharmacist is not a law-giver, not even a doctor. In the medical pecking order, you rank somewhere in between a chiropractor and a tree surgeon. You don't answer to a law above the laws of men. You work for Sav-On.
The doctors are the ones who make medical decisions because they went to medical school, whereas you were transferred from the counter where people drop off film. I'm Swiss [ edit ] I thought this election was an adult discussion on how best to protect ourselves in the face of terrorism, but apparently it was a referendum on boys kissing. I didn't know that, nobody. But when homophobia trumps terrorism in America, wow. This country needs to get laid. You've got to give it up for our troops.
The mission itself is hard enough, but then there's all sorts of backdoor drafts where they extend their tours, calling up the guard, the reserve; all these Enron accounting tricks so that Rumsfeld doesn't have to admit he got the troop levels wrong, and still they don't bug out. And I see this, and then I watch some reality show, and I see people who are peevish and selfish and greedy and narcissistic and lazy and stupid, and I think to myself, "Why is this first group of people defending this second group of people?
I mean, talk about being non-partisan; how much of a partisan pretzel do you have to twist yourself into to work backwards to, "Yes, when a president is told the country is under attack, the proper thing to do is to freeze.
To sit there like Forrest Gump. That takes a lot of working backwards to that. I know Republicans pride themselves on being loyal, and they are, but loyal to what? Or to a principle? Because if you defend a president for sitting there for even one second after he's told "America is under attack", you are loyal to a person more than you are to the truth, to a principle, or to your country.
If you defend that, you have drunk the Kool-Aid. You are part of a cult. Because any president of any party would have gotten up; Democrat, Republican, Whig -- doesn't matter. FDR would have gotten up, he couldn't even get up! I wouldn't touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it! You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can't figure out how to make into a belt? I'd like to protect children, too, but… is everything worth sacrificing to that?
I mean, drugs have done a lot of good. I think " Penny Lane " is worth 10 dead kids. There, I said it. Rush Limbaugh, who has made a career preaching that anybody who does drugs has got to go right to jail -- do not pass go, no questions asked, right to jail -- gets caught doing thirty oxycontin a day.
Do you have any idea how high that is?! I don't, and I've been pretty high! Religion, it stops people from thinking because they think all the answers are in that one book; it impedes progress; it justifies crazy people. Flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. We do it all the time, we legislate taste.
We do it with the tax code. Churches and children get a tax break, because it's assumed that we all agree that we want to encourage churches and children. I don't want to encourage either churches or children, and it's a very bad idea to put them together. The Decider 21 July [ edit ] The comedy gods are smiling on me tonight, because I have been saying, for the longest time, that president Bush must set a timetable for removing his head from his ass They actually went in and looked for it and They didn't find it.
So now we don't know where it is, but at least for once in my life, I get to see the words "Bush", "operation", and "success" in the same sentence. This country has fuck-up fatigue. That's when someone fucks up so much, that when they fuck up again, people go, "Well, what do you expect? Rudy Giuliani's first wife was his cousin. Did you know this? I think that's a very cheap way to go after the Southern vote.
You can have your hair gel, you can have your lighter, you can have a fucking gun, how bout that? You can show up at the gate five minutes before the plane leaves, and pay in cash, like in the good ol' s. The ticket just says "shit happens" on the back, because that's the way it is anyway.
It's so childish, "greatest country in the world. Not just the one best suited for me, the greatest wife in the world. And if you could have my wife, you'd kill your wife. Ooh, very unreliable, condoms break all the time. I've been using these things for thirty-five years. I've never had one condom break. Either I'm the luckiest son-of-a-bitch who ever lived--and I'm not--or this is the most reliable product since the toaster. People love a trip. Even a shitty trip!
On the old Dating Game they used to send people to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. When it was behind the Iron Curtain. And people would be like, "We're going to Dubrov--what the fuck? Who cares, we're Going! And I'll tell ya why they love a trip: It's not happening here, but Cleveland? That's where it could happen. And they have this exhibit of a giant dinosaur Because the world is only years old, so man and the dinosaurs had to coexist, and, of course, we rode them. The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them.
Republicans say that sex is bad, because with them it always is. I'm sorry, but they're just doughy, asexual, wonky, white people, and if you had to have sex with them it would be over in an excruciating three minutes.
It's just, — and from the headlines of the past year I gather the only sex they're really good at, is gay sex. I mean, that's a lot of gay when you're running against it in every election.
What is with this campy fixation on all things Ronald Reagan? They talk about him the way gay people talk about Barbra Streisand. I think they want him on a stamp so they can lick his ass. I think they wanted to name airports after him so they can say, "I'm coming into Reagan! I mean, when his term is over, he has to walk back to Texas.
And that's the key to George W. It's that he wants to be the smartest person in the room. But in order to be the smartest person in the room, you kinda have to fill that room with a lot of dim bulbs.
And that's where we get the Alberto Gonzalesesand the Harriet Miersesand the "you're-doing-a-heck-of-a-job- Brownie "'s. One of the complaints leveled against me is, "Oh, Bill, you're such a meanie. Why do you have to go after religion? It gives people comfort; it doesn't hurt anything. Of course he's gonna wanna meet me! Hi, Jesus, Bob Flemstein, big fan!
I know you're crazy busy with the rapture and everything, but I don't wanna be that guy, but That's what they think was Shangri-Laand, y'know what they really don't get is that it's kind of insulting to a lot of Americans to pine for this era, cause it wasn't that good for a lot of people.
It was good if you were a white man. It wasn't that good if you were Mexican, or black, or Jewish, or disabled, or gay, or a woman. I never understood that drug.
If you want to be edgy and nervous, go to work. You know what they cannot keep on the shelves in America? Even though Obama and every other pussy Democrat has never even mentioned the issue, these people are so sure that he and his Negro army are coming for their guns, they're gonna confiscate your guns, and indoctrinate your children, and socialize your wealth, and then they're gonna replace apple pie with chicken and waffles.
I kid the Republicans, with love. I feel bad for them.
They got nobody for next time. Who are they gonna run? Sarah Palin, reading off her hand. Did you see that? She wrote "tax cuts" on her hand. A Republican so stupid she has to be reminded of the one thing— Tax cuts! This is like if you saw the coyote's paw and it said "Road Runner". Y'know, every time in America some guy gets caught cheating, every media outlet does the same story: I think you're over-thinking this.
They're not looking for fantasy, they're looking for And not just sex; they want new sex. The way women want new shoes. You have shoes, they're perfectly good shoes, you don't want those shoes, you want new shoes. We want a person, you want a shoe and somehow you're morally superior. There's a word the teabaggers have wanted to use since Obama came on the scene, but they can't because it's not the s.
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They would love to say this word. It begins with an N and ends with -erand it's not "nation-builder". This is the first time in my lifetime that a president has been from a city. From a place I would go. He's from Chicago ; I love Chicago! Would I ever go to Wasilla, Alaska? Not on a bet! There's a reason small towns are small: And they call it "news. I'm supposed to be all re-injected with yes-we-can fever after the big health care speech, and it was a great speech — when Black Elvis gets jiggy with his teleprompter, there is none better.
But here's the thing: Muhammad Ali also had a way with words, but it helped enormously that he could also punch guys in the face. What got Van Jones fired was they caught him on tape saying that Republicans are assholes. Just like we dropped "end of life counseling" from health care reform because Sarah Palin said it meant "death panels" on her Facebook page. Crazy evil morons make up things for Obama to do, and he does it. The Democrats just never learn: Americans don't really care which side of an issue you're on as long as you don't act like pussies.
When Van Jones called the Republicans assholes, he was paying them a compliment. He was talking about how they can get things done even when they're in the minority, as opposed to the Democrats, who can't seem to get anything done even when they control both houses of Congress, the presidency, and Bruce Springsteen. President, there are some people who are never going to like you. That's why they voted for the old guy and Carrie's mom.
You're not going to win them over. Larry King Live interview [ edit ] We do have two Americas. We have the America that's living in reality. The people who understand that Obama is a centrist liberal from Hawaii who is trying to dig us out of the hole we're in. That's the good part. That's the liberal part. Those are the Hippies of the Islamic world.
We should encourage them. I don't hate America. I want it to be better. The only way we can get it to be better is to realistically criticize what's wrong with it. People who may not remember Politically Incorrect because they're too young or they were watching Johnny Carson or something … may not remember that we created people like Ann CoulterLaura Ingraham … we did like to book a lot of female conservatives.
They were good press and they were good for the show. We loved Christine O'Donnell. I still like her. You cannot not like her. She is such a nice person. We have a great clip that used to be in our highlight reel of Ben Affleck on that show just saying "Please, Christine, shut up. She was known back then as the girl from SALT. The other part of me is rooting for her because she's going to get her Christian ass kicked in the general election. The Democrats are going to lose some seats, probably a lot.
But not as many as they would have if the tea baggers weren't winning the primaries because I think voters are generally conservative. And when I mean — when I say conservative, I mean they're not comfortable with people who are out there, on the left or the right.
And these tea baggers are out there. I've said it before probably on your show. When people get in a voting booth, it's like when they go on an airplane. They tend to do things that are conservative in nature, even if they're liberal. Even people who are angry understand that crazy people are not going to make it better.
Christine O'Donnell like all these tea baggers has no plan, no agenda. They have one advantage. They're running against Democrats.
That's their big advantage. I mean it was bad enough when we had these people called the birthers who thought he was not born here. They're the people who don't think that he is a Christian. They think he's — he's a secret Muslim, Larry. I guess you haven't been paying enough attention. I get — whoops, I've said too much. You know the Pew group did a study recently and they found out that 10 years ago, Democrats, Republicans and independents basically got their news from the same sources, probably more from CNN, for example.
Then we had this polarity. I mean that is a very radical thing to believe. And it's more than half of Republicans. The mainstream Republican people.