Bill Maher is supposed to be a comedian, a liberal comedian, he’s also promoted to the public as a liberal presenter and a liberal interviewer, and yet he’s quite obviously none of the above; he’s crap at presenting, he sucks at interviewing, he’s painfully unfunny, but most importantly, he’s not liberal in the slightest. He might spout a few contrived keywords to make it seem he’s left-leaning but for all intents and purposes, Maher is a fake-liberal, a charlatan who masquerades as a leftie comedian to his gullible audience of spaniels. Take a look at one of Maher’s shitty stand-up shows such as ‘Live From D.C.’, his audience laugh almost by reflex at his stereotypically anti-Republican buzzwords; “Sarah Palin”, “George Bush”, “Mitt Romney”, his routine is littered with liberal contrivances; he’s pro-Barack, pro-Michelle, pro-Obamacare, and allegedly pro-black, but then out of nowhere he spurts out bollocks like “tattoos look stupid on black people… it isn’t racist, I just can’t make out what it is” (a joke that I’ll point out is followed by a single over-enthusiastic clap). This is Bill Maher’s usual, double-crossing manoeuvre that he routinely pulls on his unsuspecting, kiss-arse audience; liberal, liberal, liberal, illiberal! Utter bullshit.
On September 17th 2001, a week after the 9/11 terror attacks, Maher famously said on his show ‘Politically Incorrect’; “We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, that’s not cowardly. Stupid maybe, but not cowardly”. I remember agreeing with him when he said this, this seemed to be the only sane opinion on mainstream television during a time of fake-patriotism, xenophobia, and jingoism. It makes it all the more disappointing therefore, that the same man who was so critical of President Bush and commented on an act of terror without resorting to pro-American and Islamophobic clichés, would then sell out. Maher if you don’t know has now become contrivedly and overtly pro-American, making statements like this and slipping them in-between his shite jokes (taken from ‘Victory Begins At Home’ 2004)…
“The values of Western civilization are not just different, they’re better. I know a whole generation has been raised on the notion of multiculturalism, that all civilizations are just different. No, not always. Sometimes things are better. Rule of law is better than autocracy and theocracy. Equality of the sexes, better. Protection of minorities, better. Free speech, better. Free elections, better.“
Ignoring the horrid title of that particular show, there’s so much wrong with that statement. I won’t go into depth but look at all the fake-democracy and corruption of law in the West, never mind the years of open and accepted prejudice against minorities or the suppression of free speech by our beloved media (even Maher got sacked for making that aforementioned comment about cowardice and terrorism which goes to prove that free speech is a myth). You don’t just get to ignore the raping of other countries’ wealth, the genocide of natives, the building of your “white civilisation” with slave labour from black nations and then bask in your glory of so-called achievement whilst simultaneously bashing the countries that now lie in the aftermath of colonialism. This is the kind of self-righteous crap Bill Maher has been spouting over the last decade and a half. It seems that being fired from his show for saying “politically incorrect” statements, Maher now wants to somehow toe the line and stay working, and this has him saying everything the white, middle-aged, heterosexual majority wants him to say. Pretty much everything Bill utters these days appeals to the centre-right, another reason Bill Maher is not a liberal.
Knocking multiculturalism is just the tip of the iceberg, Maher is now known for his Islamophobic perspective on things. Making jokes like the one below for me, confirms that Bill Maher is prejudice and therefore not liberal. He peppers his bigotry with a little irony but for someone who’s allegedly “anti-religion”, he makes a huge amount of effort in generalising and mocking Muslims (the majority of which are people of colour) whilst defending Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism (the majority of which are white people)…
“Muslims still take their religion too seriously, whereas we have the good sense to blow it off. Catholics don’t follow the Pope. In overwhelming numbers they divorce, they have pre-marital sex, they masturbate. And unlike the Koran, no one here seriously considers following the Bible literally. Guys don’t look over their fence on Sunday morning and see a neighbour mowing the lawn and think, “Working on Sunday? I really should kill him.”… But, before I conclude, it should in fairness be noted that, in speaking of Muslims, we realize that of course the vast majority are law-abiding, loving people who just want to be left alone to subjugate their women in peace”
His penchant for Islamophobia now has him dissing Muslim dress too…
“How does a country get away with keeping half its population in beekeeper suits? I’ll tell you how. They say the magic word ‘religion’. It’s their religion. You say religion, you can get away with anything”
…This bullshit stance that somehow people are being oppressed by their clothing is such an idiotic and stereotypically Western point of view. A community of nudists or naturists could similarly look at us and say we’re being “oppressed” by clothes, it doesn’t mean we should all go around nude just because someone else views our garments differently to us. Just to put this crap into perspective, if I suddenly decided that shoes were uncomfortable or restrictive and then made a colony populated with bare-footed people, I could then look down on America as “oppressing its citizens” making similar jokes like “How does a country get away with keeping all its population in restrictive foot-armour? I’ll tell you how. They say the magic words ‘fashion’ and ‘safety’. You say style and safety, you can get away with anything”. Stupid fuck.
Moving away from Islamophobic comedy for a second, I’d like to point out that for all his apparent liberalness, Maher routinely chums up with conservatives and bashes his liberal guests. On his show ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ he likes to look out at the crowd during his monologue and label them “liberal” but when someone like the right-wing super-cunt Milo Yiannopoulos comes onto his show, I hear quite a few claps coming from those gaggle of suck-ups he calls an audience. In addition, most of the time ‘Real Time’ is structured so that three (and sometimes four) guests are pitted against one, a biased selection of guests so Maher always seems in the right (although politically that’s probably accurate). To bolster the fakery on show, Maher usually brings in other fake-liberal arsewipes like Jim Jeffries as guests, a twat that I’ll point out is anti-gun but pro-military (go figure). Fake fucks like Jeffries want to disarm themselves before a fascist state forms and leaves everybody defenceless, what a great fucking idea. If he doesn’t like guns why doesn’t the fucker go back to Australia, recognise that’s not his country either and then go back to Europe?
Whilst on the topic of gun control, Maher (who supports guns) doesn’t like to label “random shooters” as terrorists, a tactic he and the mainstream media employs to make it seem Muslim terrorists are somehow worse than domestic, Christian, and atheist terrorists…
…Apparently only Muslims are planning to use a Weapon of Mass Destruction, I guess we should all forget about Jack Abbot Grebe Jr. and Johnnie Wise. What a mainstream puppet he’s become.
Bill Maher’s most anti-liberal stance has to be his opinion on Islam, constantly bringing up terrorists and Muslims like they’re synonymous with each other, even making this idiotic statement a while back; “To claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong”. It’s an odd situation when you can go to somewhere like InfoWars and read “Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace”, then go to Fox News and hear something similar, and then go to HBO or Sky and hear Bill Maher say pretty much the same thing. You can even go to YouTube and hear evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins saying Muslims are not “civilised” and not “peaceful”, overt Islamophobia seems to be rife in contemporary society. So what’s the difference between say, Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Jeanine Pirro, Michelle Malkin, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Maher? These days you can change the channel between CNN and Fox News or BBC and ITV but all of their output is largely the same. News and entertainment is as fake as the political choices given every election, regardless of who you choose, they’re all pushing the same agenda and talking the same rhetoric. If Maher’s alleged left-wing stance on Islam is the same as some right-wing bigot from Fox News, then how is he liberal? If the end result is the same then how are Maher’s opinions any less prejudice?
Pardon me if I stray away from Bill Maher for a bit but I have to say that on the topic of terrorism, one thing the mainstream media loves to do is to label white terrorists as anything but “terrorists”, they’ll say they’re “mentally ill” or simply “Lone Wolves” and because they never group “Lone Wolves” or “mentally ill” people together, it doesn’t look like an epidemic. Allah-forbid we say a Muslim is “mentally ill” rather than a devout follower of Islam. On the day of the Orlando Shooting by Omar Mateen, a white man named James Wesley Howell was arrested for an almost identical crime – attempting to kill people at the Los Angeles Gay Pride event. He was found with rifles, ammunition, and bomb-making ingredients but he was never called a terrorist or even an attempted terrorist. On that note, it’s amazing how this and many potential terror attacks by white people are thwarted in the last minute by the authorities. Howell was taken into custody right before the media started howling “Islamic Terror” in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, “intelligence” rarely stops people of colour and that’s definitely not a conspiracy.
So what about the Sikh Temple attack by an Army Veteran (what a hero) and what about the Charleston church shooting by Dylann Roof? Both these murderers were white supremacists but the media never call the far-right “terrorists” even when their actions are identical to Muslim terrorists. Alexandre Bissonnette responsible for the Mosque attack in Canada, was called a “Lone Wolf” by the media, Fox News even incorrectly tweeted that the mosque terror attack was perpetrated by a man of Moroccan origin, but when it was discovered that it was a white man he was charged with first-degree murder rather than terrorism offences… surprise, surprise. Here in the UK, the assassination of MP Jo Cox apparently was also committed by a “Lone Wolf”, fuck me, are we sure all these “Lone Wolves” aren’t in a pack? No connection between white, far-right, Christian or Atheist males is made by the media so the public forgets them or dismisses them as isolated events, a black or brown Muslim commits an attack and they group them all together even though on occasion, Orlando for instance it was arguably a hate crime rather than terrorism, possibly even self-hatred. But when a white man such as Richard Baumhammers went on a racially-motivated killing spree he was convicted of homicide and hate crimes not terrorism – consistency it seems is never a trait of the media or the law.
When the media and the public say “terrorism” it also depends on what their definition of “terrorism” is; civilians (especially people of colour) shoot a few people or blow something up, that’s terrorism, but a government sends their military to do the exact same thing, even when the war itself is proven to be unjust by our own conventions, that’s apparently not terrorism. Anything to keep the stats in our favour.
By extension, Israel is a Jewish state and it kills many people, we could therefore easily correlate any illegal killing its army does as religious terrorism. America sells itself as a secular country but even the dollar bill says “In God We Trust”, when the majority of the presidents show their support for Christianity and many of the population believe their President was chosen by God, surely any wars the nation takes part in are also in the name of Christianity? I guess when rogue members of a religion or a murderous gang kill in the name of Islam we call out the whole religion but when a state kills with impunity also because of their religion we turn a blind eye to it and call it defence. The end result is the same; the death of innocent people and the furtherance of a particular religion whilst attempting to overthrow another by using fear, intimidation, and violence. Terrorism by any other name.
I might be going even further away from the topic of Bill Maher, but let’s not forget all the times other religions have committed crimes in the name of their religion. As far back as the 60s there were Christians like Denis Michael Rohan who was arrested for attempting to burn down the al-Aqsa Mosque, but since a Christian attack against Muslims wasn’t a “threat” to the west (and when we say west we mean white and/or Christian) it wasn’t widely publicised. We could also easily label people like Timothy McVeigh, Charles Barbee, Robert Berry, Jay Merelle, Robert Lewis Dear as Christian terrorists, but we instead call them separatists, nationalists or mentally ill, anything but Christian terrorists, they don’t exist, only Muslim ones do.
In addition, just because the media doesn’t widely promote terrorists like Yaakov Teitel or Baruch Goldstein, the public doesn’t see Jewish terrorism. There have also been Hindu terrorists such as Dara Singh or a right-wing Hindu extremists such as Abhinav Bharat, also ignored because Hindus aren’t our current convenient bogeyman. The media has ignored or downplayed the religious aspects of many acts of terrorism that aren’t in the name of Islam but terrorism isn’t the exclusive domain of one religion, that’s by definition a prejudice point of view.
I didn’t hear people like Maher have a rant against other religions when they committed acts of terrorism, say after all the I.R.A. attacks in the 70s and 80s. I guess people’s defence will be that the I.R.A. was religious but their “war” wasn’t religious, it was cultural or nationalistic. Okay so what about the various attacks by the Army Of God or Lord’s Resistance Army in the 80s? Let’s keep a perpetual scare-mongering headline which wavers between Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, I.S.I.S. but in the decades where Islam wasn’t being demonised, did the same media rush to vilify the likes of the Phineas Priesthood in the same way? And what about non-religious or left-wing terrorism? What about Latin American terrorism? Did we group and vilify secular terrorism in the 80s as much as we do Islamic terrorism today? God forbid, there’s ever an atheist terrorist, the mainstream media will never group them together. Remember the term “Going Postal” which was a direct result of the “high number” of Postal Worker shootings in the 80s and 90s? The media rushed to say it was something unique to Postal Workers but they could have just as easily spun it as “menial workers” or “government workers” or even atheists. But that wouldn’t scan with a fear-loving, compartmentalizing public, many of which identify as atheists themselves.
Back to Bill Maher, on his crappy show ‘Real Time’, he routinely brings on his favourite guest Sam Harris, Bill Maher’s bum-buddy kinda like Bill O’Reilly‘s bestie Dennis Miller. Harris and Maher routinely wander down the path of “scholarly” Islamophobia (bringing in tenuous statistics to prove their prejudice point of view). The pair are best known for their infamous conversation where guest Ben Affleck righty called their opinion on Islam “racist”. This obviously left a scar on Harris’ soul since he made a snide comment on one of Maher’s recent shows in regards to Affleck; “if Batman were here, he’d call us a racist” he said. Wow, what a prick.
Between the two of them, Sam Harris and Bill Maher have stated on ‘Real Time’ that “Obama killed 10,000 terrorists” adding “that’s a high number for any religion” (therefore defending their skewed correlation of Muslims and terrorism and not seeing the idiocy of their statement). Assuming that the military only kills bad guys is like assuming everyone with a shaved head has cancer. The military, intelligence agencies, and the judicial system isn’t infallible, if a number like that is bandied about by the government and the media, you can be sure that only a tiny fraction of that amount are people who actually “deserved it”. Sam Harris also likes to bring up bullshit facts such as “a survey of British Muslims” saying they agree with Jihadists (The Sun anyone?). These skewed facts seem very much like those used by Trevor Phillips in his anti-Islamic, sellout Channel 4 documentaries, most if not all were later proven to be misrepresentative or out and out false.
People like Bill Maher don’t seem to understand that you can’t speak generally about any demographic because that’s the essence of prejudice. You can’t look at the high number of serial killers who are white, middle aged males for instance, and then say only white males are serial killers or that all white males should apologise on behalf of or should be doing something to stop the bad ones from their demographic. That would sound ridiculous, but it’s okay to do the same with Muslims? People like Maher can hate leaders; leaders of Saudi Arabia or Iraq, Iran, even Turkey, he’s free to call them dictators or fascists or anything he wishes, the same way he can criticise George Bush or Donald Trump, but to say “all Muslims” is like saying “all Americans”. When Americans protest against Trump, doesn’t that separate them from the others – the supporters of a corrupt regime? So why does that not apply to Muslims? Surely the same thing applies to the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asian countries that our beloved government and media have a gripe with? A leader is not the same as the people and a murderous gang is not the same as a religion. Bill Maher seems to be fine with normalising Islamophobia but can’t see that making statements about all of Islam is too broad and sweeping, that kind of generalisation is prejudiced and bigoted, it is the antithesis of liberalism.
People like Bill Maher along with the aforementioned Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, seem to think that being Islamophobic is okay because it’s somehow different or more acceptable than racism. It’s quite easy to see however, that Islamophobia is correlative with racism, I’ve even written a whole article on that topic. Only an oblivious Caucasian, middle-aged, heterosexual man living in an isolated world of white privilege would say there isn’t a correlation between Islamophobia and racism, anybody with a sane, rational mind can see that the two things are intertwined. Case in point, after 9/11 or the Boston Bombing, racists went out and attacked what they thought were Muslims, and more often than not their victims were brown; from Atheist or Christian Arabs, South Asians including Sikhs, Latinos, and African Americans have been targeted (notice no whites). In addition, demeaning words such as “raghead” extends to any brown person wearing anything that resembles a turban, Muslim or not, so how is this not racism since white people are never on the receiving end of Islamophobia? Not that Islamophobia is right when the target is an actual Muslim, but the fact that racists go out and wrongly attack what they think are Muslims shows the inherent racism within Islamophobia. After all, these angry mobs never go and kick Cat Stevens to death only an “obvious Muslim” which to a racist is anybody who resembles their mental image of a follower of Islam; a tanned man with a beard wearing something “foreign” on their head. Cases ranging from an Afro American, non-Muslim woman to a non-Muslim Latin American man being the target of racist Islamophobes goes to prove the inherent racism with the criticism and subsequent fear of Islam. Only a blinkered idiot would say Islamophobia isn’t part and parcel of racism.
I can’t stand the way a presenter-cum-celebrity such as Bill Maher gets to call himself a liberal and yet is intolerant and overly-critical of a specific section of society, if that’s not prejudice and the antithesis of being left-wing I don’t know what is. More often than not, Maher confuses the masses Sarah Silverman-style by using “equal bigotry”, a tactic that on face value seems liberal but descends more and more into prejudice, ranging from racism, xenophobia and of course Islamophobia. Check out this bait and switch tweet which at first glance looks like a truthful and admirable opinion, but then…
All this selling out seems to have stemmed directly from the 9/11 attacks, like many other Americans, Maher didn’t know what a Muslim was until a couple of planes hit the Twin Towers. His instinctive and original opinion (saying America was partly responsible) was correct, but slowly 9/11 and the mainstream narrative of the event has warped his world view. He may have criticised George Bush in the past but Maher has been supportive of profiling at airports for example, saying “if they stop calling it profiling and start calling it high-intelligence screening or something, people would go, it’s about time” – what a fake-liberal prick. Abby Martin did a segment on Russia Today outlining Bill Maher’s selling-out, apart from her mispronouncing his surname, this video pretty much sums up his bullshit, switch-siding, puppet-like opinions…
It’s strange that someone with such lack of skills is still working in all the sectors he’s obviously shite at, his show ‘Real Time’ is wannabe hard-hitting and anarchic, it’s often described as “acerbic” but it’s more accurately malicious and artificial, it’s a fake-left distraction. Aside from Bill Maher’s political and moral selling out, his comedy I have to say is bland, about as bland as his face. If you ignore all the prejudice, his comedy is nothing to write home about, so how is this hack still on television?
Bill Maher allegedly doesn’t like Donald Trump (he was apparently sued by him) but it seems to me that this is just another liberal façade that many celebrities seem to push onto the public. He can keep bashing Trump but this is a man who staunchly supported Obama, a president that deported many immigrants and continued with an illegal war. If you’re truly left, then you also call out the inconsistencies within the Democrats not just continually diss the Republicans, but I guess this is all part of Maher’s fakeness. Donating a million dollars to Barack Obama apparently means you don’t criticise anything his administration did. A real liberal would say what’s wrong with Obama (and there was plenty) but I guess the public at large only wants fake-left celebs to say and do what the fake-left establishment dictates. And why do I describe the mainstream media as “fake-left”? Well, to me it’s a fallacy that the media is liberal, it panders to lefties but behind the scenes it’s centre-right without a doubt. Bill Maher is a great example; he’s Islamophobic, pro-profiling, pro-wiretapping, he separates white Christian terrorists from black and brown Muslim ones, he makes racist jokes, and to top it off he confirmed whilst interviewing Kellyanne Conway (the ex-Republican Party campaign manager) that they were both friends. Would a genuine liberal be best-buds with a daft twat like Conway, let alone do and say all the shit I’ve listed above?
The one issue that I agree with Bill Maher on is his stance on free speech; he is free to make mediocre jokes and bigoted comments about particular religions and I can therefore say what I like about him, so here goes… Bill Maher first and foremost is not funny, even in the slightest, he maintains that smug look, smirking at his own shite gags, but only within his clique of fawning fans is anyone laughing. Never once does he manage to make you react to his bland stand-up routine, every now and again he makes a trite observation but there’s nothing amusing about any of it – it’s literally a middle aged twat talking clichéd crap and feeling pleased with himself. This smarmy wanker with a know-it-all grin, an up-himself personality, and a slicked-back, mullet-esque hair-do which wasn’t even in style in the 80s or 90s, is now really out of touch in the 10s with his played out comedy and out of touch opinions. Maher is an annoying, conceited piece of shit atheist who looks like a melted clone of Craig Wasson. He is a sleazy-looking, saggy-necked, beady-eyed, big-nosed, closed-minded, self-satisfied, overrated, out-of-style, contradicting, sellout hack. This cunt is a fake in every way; a fake left, fake progressive, fake liberal, fake tolerant, fake actor, fake comedian, fake controversial, fake presenter. Real Time my arse.