Bill Maher is an Asshole


The View Hosts Clash Over Bill Maher: Was It OK For Him To Call Palin’s Son ‘Retarded’?

Is it ever OK to call someone “retarded?” What if that someone is the five-year-old son of a former vice presidential candidate? Those were the questions The View hosts tackled Monday in light of a recent report about Bill Maher using that word during a live stand-up set in reference to Sarah Palin‘s son Trig, who has Down Syndrome. While none of the four women were willing to wholesale defend the use of the word, some were quicker than others to condemn the comedian.

Barbara Walters began by telling a story about her own developmentally disabled sister who was called “retarded” all of her life. Walters said she was “happy” when the “derogatory” term went out of fashion and people began saying “mentally challenged. But that doesn’t mean she agreed with Palin that Maher was being a “bully” when he made his joke. “Do I think it was unfortunate that he did it?” she asked. “Yes I do. Do I think that he realized what it was? No, I don’t I don’t think he intended it be mean-spirited.”

In response, Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn’t quite as eager to let Maher off the hook. “I think there’s not a person on this earth right now who has a sense of mercy and love and understanding,” she said, “who wouldn’t go to a group of people or in front of an audience and not know that that would maybe make someone feel bad.” She added that it’s “odd” that her co-hosts would be so “generous” to give Maher “the benefit of the doubt.”


Is there a nice way to call a little boy with Downs Syndrome “retarded”? Is there any context where that wouldn’t be offensive?

This was no accident. Maher is a shock-jock comedian. His stock in trade is making people laugh by saying offensive things. He picks his words carefully for maximum effect. Trig Palin was not a recent news item so there was no reason to even mention him.

Bill Maher has a right to be offensive. If that stuff is your cup of tea then you have a right to laugh at it. But having the right to do something doesn’t make it right.

If some comedian used the N-word to refer to one of the Obama girls would Baba Wawa have considered that to be acceptable?

I would hope not.


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37 Responses to Bill Maher is an Asshole

  1. little bill is trying to stay relevant (and employed) in a world he no longer understands. Mama bear’s comeback was precious. He’s been a small man for years, only now his marketshare has shrunk to “dozens”.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    I am not one of those people who thinks “retard” and “retarded” are offensive in any context. I have no problem using it as an insult towards idiots and morons like Bill Maher (as in “Bill Maher is a retard”).

    • votermom says:

      I’m offended not by the word he used but because he invited his audience to jeer at a little kid. Apparently Mayer thinks Trots existence is a joke. F-g eugenicist.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Yep, the audience should have booed him. But this is Las Vegas, a bunch of vile prog drunks would have laughed, and he knows his audience.

  3. driguana says:

    I’d say Barbara Walters is offensive, too.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Can’t believe she didn’t find the comment “mean spirited”. I used to admire this woman, long before she thought The View was a good idea.

      • driguana says:

        Yeah, The View is really hard to watch. I used to, and still do I guess, find Whoopie a good actress but she is downright vile on The View.

  4. jeffhas says:

    So, personally I think this is really the scandal with the Most Potential to actually catch fire (of the scandals), as opposed to the actual scandal where our Embassy really did catch fire and we lost an Ambassador (and three others) for the first time in 40 years.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cbs-sharyl-attkisson-opens-up-about-hacking-to-oreilly-says-i-think-i-know-who-did-it/

    … And just I case you’re not a Mediaite fan:

    http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?pageType=cbsthismorning&catid=57589559&feed_id=30

    It’s an easy story to understand (It’s right out of any movie or TV show – in fact, where IS Katherine Bigelow??), it validates all the ‘fears’ one might’ve been feeling (cue vile progs) – and it’s getting close to naming names – if you watch the video, it’s clear she knows who/which agency did this….

    I don’t have too many popcorn moments, but I’m warming my butter over this one.

    • Lulu says:

      This is the future for anyone who crosses them. Not only is dissent not allowed, but knowing anything about what is going on is forbidden. This NSA leak following exposure of the obvious harassment of Tea Party and conservative religious dissidents by the IRS stormtroopers is making it obvious what authoritarian Vile Progs have been abusing. Terrorism is a tactic that our own government is using against us to consolidate power. The precipitous drop in Obama’s approval numbers is the only good news.

      • Internal Exile says:

        Yeah, I used to think using terrorism to justify authoritarianism was primarily a Reptilian vice. Then Obummer got elected and the Dinocrats started doing the same things.

        I should not have been surprised. The Dinocrats and the Reptilians are both owned by the Malefactors Of Great Wealth, merely by slightly different factions. The Reptos tend to be the party of the natural resources extraction industries and the “defense” industries, while the Dinos tend to be the party of the FIRE industries.

  5. One would hope there will FINALLY be something to wake the masses to the corruption of this Administration.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    AofS:

    While we’re thinking about polls, Gallup surveyed public opinion on five potential 2016 GOP candidates. Among GOP voters, Rep. Paul Ryan led among net favorability with 57%. Then it was Sen. Marco Rubio — 47%, Sen. Rand Paul — 43%, Sen. Ted Cruz — 32%, Gov. Chris Christie — 28%. Among adults (IOW, without the party filter), Christie’s net favorable was 32%, followed by Rubio — 15%, Ryan — 8%, Cruz — 6%, and Paul — 5%.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I take it Romney won’t run again? Hoping he’d pull a Nixon (lost in ’60, won in ’68). I think St. Ronald made a comeback too.

      I’m still waiting who the Dems come up with to clobber Hillary over the head again.

    • votermom says:

      Speaking of retarded :

  7. DandyTiger says:

    Little Bill is a sad, pathetic man. He’s not even good at the shock.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    hee, hee

  9. votermom says:

    Okeefe stings again.

  10. yttik says:

    “I don’t think he intended it to be mean spirited,” is the lie of the century. That is a major whopper, because the whole context in which he was speaking was intended to be mean spirited. He was making fun of a little kid to try and hurt his mother. That was his whole intent, to attack Palin, and rally the troops to mock her. The word itself isn’t so important, “retard” could be used as a term of affection, as a casual label that somebody has no awareness of. It’s just a word! But Maher’s intent and use of the word was unmistakable.

  11. yttik says:

    This is off topic, but sheesh, this story is outrageous:

    “New York man who says 4 kids vandalized home is charged with endangerment”

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/16/ny-man-who-says-stuck-kids-found-vandalizing-home-in-closet-is-charged-with/?intcmp=obinsite

    What is wrong with people today?? Sheesh, in the olden days the whole neighborhood was allowed to beat the crap out of you, teachers, store owners, neighbors. Now you can’t even peacefully detain kids until the cops arrive.

  12. Constance says:

    I don’t see any legitimate reason why a “comedian” would be talking about a 5 year old boy with Downs Syndrome who lives in a small town in Alaska.

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