On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, Maher showed once again that he is the only late-night comic who is willing to say things his liberal audience probably doesn’t want to hear. In the course of lavishing praise on President Biden, whom he described as sharp, effective, and leading “the most transformative administration since FDR,” he blasted young people for being skeptical of Biden and also for being stupid in general:
My cmnt: Maher has been honest with his audience from time to time, not all the time or even much of the time, but from time to time. Everyone can plainly see that Joseph O’Biden is NOT at all ‘sharp, effective and leading’. His handlers may be but he is not. With control of both houses of Congress and the presidency the only thing stopping them from ‘transforming’ America into the image of Soviet Russia is the Supreme Court.
My cmnt: However Maher is correct about most young ‘skulls full of mush’ (as Rush used to say) in that they are stupid and ignorant and in a very dangerous way having been propagandized their whole lives by the public schools, the media, the entertainment industry and the democratic party.
America’s a young country [that doesn’t grasp] the most fundamental tradeoff. You’re beautiful when you’re young, wise when you’re old . . . if, as they say, you learn something new every day, it stands to reason that someone who’s logged 10,000 more days is gonna be in general a little wiser. . . . Biden is the right man for this moment precisely because he is old. You know why advertisers in this country love the 18 to 34 demographic? Because it’s the most gullible. Yeah. A third of people under 35 say they’re in favor of abolishing the police. Not defunding. But doing away with a police force altogether. Which is less of a policy position and more of a leg tattoo. Thirty-six percent of Millennials think it might be a good idea to try Communism. But much of the world did try Communism. I know Millennials think that doesn’t count because they weren’t alive when it happened. But it did happen. And there are people around who remember it. Pining for Communism is like pining for Betamax or MySpace. So when you say, ‘You’re old, you don’t get it,’ get what? Abolish the police and the border patrol and capitalism and cancel Lincoln? No, I get it. Problem isn’t that I don’t get what you’re saying, or that I’m old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid. If you say, ‘Let’s eat in the bathroom and s**t in the kitchen,’ yeah, that’s a new idea. But I wouldn’t call it interior design. You think someone 80 is hopeless because they can’t use an iPhone? Maybe the one who’s hopeless is the one who can’t stop using it. You think I’m out of it because I’m not on Twitch? Well, maybe I get Twitch, but I just think people watching other people play video games is a waste of f***ing time. Twenty percent of Gen Z agree with the statement, ‘Society would be better off it all property was owned by the public and managed by the government. And another 29 percent don’t know if that’s a good idea. Here’s who does know: Anyone who wasn’t born yesterday.
Bill Maher Berates Liberals For Being “Incapable of Recognizing Progress” On HBO’s ‘Real Time’
Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host used his “New Rule” segment of the show to berate liberals for refusing to acknowledge the progress that has been made in America on racial and social issues.
Maher played a seemingly pointless clip of Joe Biden ranting about mixed-race couples before making his point that the far-left has “progressophobia,” a term coined by Canadian psychologist Steven Pinker as “a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress.”
“If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote and more homophobic than when blowjobs were a felony, you have ‘progressophobia’ and should adjust your mask because it’s covering your eyes,” Maher insisted.
“The chant from gay protesters used to be ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.’ Well, we did. This is Pride month and it’s not even a big deal anymore. Thirty days of parades and festivals celebrating a cause that was once so divisive, Ellen had to pretend to be straight.”
In light of Pride Month, which is recognized by nearly every major business in America, Maher then acknowledged the major stride that gay marriage is now legal nationwide and how “even half of Republicans” now support it, “the other half are for closeted gaysay” he joked. He also mentioned that any celebrity coming out of the closet are met with “thunderous applause.”
“And it’s not just LGBT issues. Not that long ago, I knew people who went to prison for growing pot. And today, you can legally smoke it for fun in 43% of the country,” Maher continued. “Even something like bullying: It still happens but being outwardly cruel to people who are different is no longer acceptable. That’s progress. And acknowledging progress isn’t saying ‘We’re done,’ or ‘We don’t need more.’ And being gloomier doesn’t make you a better person.”
Maher then referenced the Friends reunion special and how it “looked weird” because “if you even suggested a show today about six people, all of whom were straight and White, the network would laugh you out of the room and then cancel you on Twitter.”
“And yet there’s a recurrent theme on the far-left that things have never been worse! Kevin Hart expressed a view many hold when he told The New York Times, ‘You’re witnessing White power and White privilege at an all-time high.’” Maher said.
“This is one of the big problems with wokeness,” he continued, “that what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jive with the facts or even be challenged lest the challenge be conflated with racism.’
“But saying that White power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous. Higher than a century ago, the year of the Tulsa Race Massacre? Higher than the years when the KKK rode unchecked and Jim Crow went unchallenged? Higher than the 1960s when The Supremes and Willie Mays still couldn’t stay at the same hotel as the White people they were working with? Higher than during slavery?”
The Real Time host did acknowledge that racism “is still with us,” but also stressed that racism “is simply no longer everywhere,” giving the example of Minneapolis police choosing not to stand with Derek Chauvin “and that never used to happen.”
“The low point of race relations wasn’t Kim Kardashian wearing cornrows, even though it happened on Snapchat and George Wallace standing in a doorway didn’t. Because here’s the thing, kids: There actually was a world before you got here,” Maher said to younger generations. “We date human events A.D. and B.C., but we need a new marker for Millennials and Gen-Z, ‘B.Y.’ – ‘Before You.’”
“There are a hell of a lot of Americans trying really hard these days to embrace a new spirit of inclusion and self-reflection, and this progressive allergy to acknowledging societal advances is self-defeating because progress and hope that we can achieve it is the product we’re selling and having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped,” Maher ranted on. “Black-only dorms and graduation ceremonies, a growing belief that Whiteness as a malady and White people as irredeemable, giving up on a colorblind society — only if you believe we’ve made no progress does any of that make sense.”
He concluded, “It’s not a sin, and it’s certainly not inaccurate, to say we’ve come a long way, baby. Not mission accomplished, just a long way.”
You can check out the full “New Rule” segment above and catch new episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher at 10:00 pm ET.
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