During a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, show host Maher took aim at proponents on the left pushing for what he sees as racially divisive endeavors, specifically pointing out the recitation of the “black national anthem” at NFL games and de facto segregation under the guise of progressiveness transpiring at universities.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 11, 2021
During the September 10th episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher acknowledged during a segment that some of his fans and viewers have been giving him grief over his criticism of the left in recent years, to which Maher said the following about that notion:
“When people say to me sometimes, ‘boy, you go after the Left a lot these days, why?’ I’m like because you’re embarrassing me. That’s why I’m going after the left in a way you never did before.
Because you’re inverting on things that I – I’m not going to give up on being liberal. This is what these teachers are talking about, you’re taking children and making them hyper-aware of race in a way they wouldn’t otherwise be.”
Maher pointed to the recent example of this hyper-racialized narrative taking hold, citing the first NFL game of the season where the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed prior to kickoff, serving as a second national anthem for black Americans:
“I mean, I saw last night on the football game, Alicia Keys sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ which now I hear is called the black national anthem. Now maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have one national anthem.”
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) September 11, 2021
Maher says the road the country is headed down if these sorts of practices are continued and promoted as being a good thing will result in nothing more than a dressed-up version of segregation:
“I think when you go down a road where you have two different national anthems, colleges sometimes now have many of them – have different graduation ceremonies for black and white…separate dorms. This is what I mean, segregation, you’ve inverted the idea. We’re going back to that under a different name.”
Back in July, the NFL announced that the organization will have “Lift Every Voice and Sing” played before certain “tentpole games” during this season, claiming that this effort falls in line with the organization’s 10-year, $250 million pledge to fight racism.
Players are also given the choice to adorn decals on the back of their helmets during games, which players can choose from decals either saying “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” or “Say Their Stories.”
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Bill Maher eviscerates American education system, absolutely shreds Biden’s “America Families Plan”
(Originally published June 7th, 2021)
LOS ANGELES, CA – HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher host Bill Maher blasted the President’s “America Families Plan” on Friday, saying it endorses the idea “that the more time humans spend in classrooms, staring at blackboards, the better.”
Maher, once a stalwart for liberal causes, has turned against his makers as the Left moves toward a more radical “woke” culture labeled progressiveness. On Friday, that could not have been more evident as he began his “New Rule” monologue.
Maher said that higher education in America is “a racket that sells you an expensive ticket up to the middle class”.
He supported his argument by pointing out that Biden’s America Families Plan calls for “hundreds of Billions” of taxpayers’ dollars to pay for everyone to go to college, and billions more for childcare so people can go back to school.
The Real Time host said that Biden’s plan endorses too much expense for too low a payoff in education:
“Biden’s plan is an endorsement of a particular idea that the more time humans spend in classrooms staring at blackboards the better. Liberals see more school the way Republicans seem to see tax cuts, as the answer to everything.”
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) June 5, 2021
Maher derided claims that education is the solution to income inequality in the United States, a topic Democrats have been discussing at length in political debate for years. Maher said:
“We imagine going to college as the way to fight income inequality, but actually, it does the reverse.
“If you have a bachelor’s degree, you make about 65 percent more than someone who doesn’t, and with a master’s degree, it’s more like 100 percent more. And the unemployment rate of college grads is about half what it is for high school grads.
“Therefore, he asked, “Is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?”
Maher continued to call colleges and universities “giant, luxury daycare centers, with overpaid babysitters anxious to indulge every student whim.”
I just published President Biden’s $220,000,000,000 ‘American Family Plan’ should also pivot home https://t.co/iZcYLkpCj7
— Miriam (@MiriamKF1) June 4, 2021
To the laughter of his audience, Maher gave as an example a photograph of the University of Missouri, showing a student river grotto “inspired by the Playboy mansion.” He also mentioned Georgia Tech’s large water park.
Maher said students are not being properly educated, meaning tuition funds are wasted:
“A third of students spend less than five hours a week studying, and when they do, it’s for their onerous, magnum cum bullshit course load of Sports Marketing, History through Twitter, Advanced Racist spotting, Intro to Micro Aggressions, and You Owe Me an Apology 101.
“Why is China kicking our ass? Because in 2019, we issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science or math.”
$$ Elite $$
At Louisiana State University, the lazy river spells out LSU. At the University of Missouri, tour guides let families know that its river’s grotto drew inspiration from the Playboy Mansion. https://t.co/P6dFOL9n6V
— Tina Gray Teague, PhD (@A_weevil) February 27, 2021
College is business, and business is about making money, Maher explained. Colleges offer a degree in exchange for funds and sell students a product at an increasingly higher cost than the value of the education they receive. Maher quipped:
“Colleges are businesses selling a consumer product for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they want to give the customers what they want, a magical piece of paper called a diploma.
“But that is only the beginning of the scam. A want-to-be Librarian needs a Master’s Degree just to get an entry-level job filing books.
“In the grift that is our higher education, when you want to ‘move up’ — hold on there, not so fast, toll booth ahead — you need to pay for more ‘education’ before we decide if you can do what you do. This is what Scientology does, makes you keep taking courses to move up to the bridge of total freedom.”
ranked number one in the nation for a reason. georgia tech got a water park yall https://t.co/WVyl2n3Mu7
— Joye Nettles (@joye_nettles) May 28, 2013
According to Maher, the average cost of college has risen over 500 percent since 1985 and increases yearly at four times the rate of inflation. He said the system is broken, and the answer is not to increase the number of college graduates, it is to decrease the need for them:
“The answer isn’t to make college free. The answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs, so that the two-thirds of Americans who either can’t afford to or don’t want to go, don’t feel shut out.”
Bill Maher warns that Portland is a ‘cautionary tale’: “In a world without police, it’s ‘The Purge’ every night”
(Originally published April 11th, 2021)
PORTLAND, OR– On Friday night, April 9th, “Real Time” host, Bill Maher called Portland, Oregon a “cautionary tale” as riots and violence continue to plague the city on a nightly basis.
Portland riot leads to Antifa setting fire to ICE building – TheBlaze https://t.co/bOcLLxYc2C
— Sheila Yarnell (@YarnellSheila) April 11, 2021
During the panel discussion, he also took a moment to note hoe there is a “crack” in the “blue wall of silence” as Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified against former police officer Derek Chauvin in his murder trial over George Floyd’s death. He said:
“This has finally happened. Until five years ago, you couldn’t win a trial against a cop. That was their thing. Like, ‘Look at the tape again. You don’t know what we see’ and now this has gone away. It’s like, ‘No, we do see.’”
“And now, they’re now testifying against their own. And we celebrate for a moment that this is a big (expletive) deal? It’s a big (expletive) deal.”
One of the guests on the panel, Manhattan Institute president Reihan Salam, spoke forwardly about the surge in crime rates in recent years and the wave of retiring police officers. He said:
“Poor Portland has an exodus. I mean, if you’re one of those people that wants Antifa to get results, you win. They may not be the one you want, but 115 police officers have left Portland. That’s a lot for a city that size.”
Maher chimed in:
“I’m just saying on Portland, it’s a cautionary tale. Cause we do not want to live in a world without police. Then it’s ‘The Purge’ every night. So if you think that’s a great idea.”
Watch the moment federal officers rushed out to respond after #antifa set the @ICEgov facility on fire last night. Antifa barricaded the front of the facility to trap people inside while the building was on fire. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/NaXYzSJoj6
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 11, 2021
On Friday night, April 9th, Maher also refueled his disdain for “cancel culture,” yearning for the good old days when an apology was enough to move on from a mistake.
After brutally mocking U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, over his growing sex scandal, Maher began the panel discussion by predicting the Florida Republican will blame his political woes on “cancel culture,” which Maher insisted would not be a “good development” because “the critique of cancel culture is getting a bad name.”
“Because cancel culture does not need to be critiqued.”
Maher then pointed to the controversy surrounding NBA player Meyers Leonard, whose career has been in free-fall ever since used an anti-Semitic slur during a Twitch stream while playing the video game “Call of Duty: Warzone.” Maher said:
“I mean, before the day was out, banned, fined by the NBA and traded. They’re making him, of course, the groveling apology and then he’s meeting with rabbis, Holocaust survivors. Do we have to drag the Holocaust into this? Really? Passover, he has to go on Zoom in front of college kids so they can yell at him.”
“Does everything have to be a summary execution in America? What happened to just accepting the apology? Oh, OK, you made a mistake as humans do. I mean, could we get on with our lives.”
Maher also suggested that a “big name” NBA player would not have been suspended. He said:
“It’s America bloodlust for groveling. It’s just gross. I don’t want to be part of that team. I don’t want to live in a country where we have the Red Guard. We have a Red Guard in this country now.”
Bill Maher blasts cancel culture turned 'summary execution': 'What happened to just accepting the apology?' https://t.co/Q7vEHLu7am
— Tony west (@reedyoung78) April 11, 2021
Later, Maher talked about the politicization of companies as MLB and Coca-Cola and how they have bene feuding with Georgia over its election reform bill that was signed into law. He said:
“We’re taking sides now. We’re going to get down, I think, to a place where Democrats drink Coke and then Republicans will have to drink. You think that’s where we’re heading? It seems like we’re politicizing even the products we use.”
He then exclaimed:
“We’re taking this to the cereal aisle in America! I thought we were going to come together!”
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