Bill Maher warns that Portland is a ‘cautionary tale’: “In a world without police, it’s ‘The Purge’ every night”


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. 

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.'”

He added:

“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.”

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.”

Maher stressed:

“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.”

He added:

“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.”

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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Gone too far? Woke, cancel culture is now going after the movie ‘Grease’: ‘Misogynistic,’ ‘rapey,’ and ‘racist’

January 3rd, 2021

The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

ENGLAND- The sheer absurdity and absolute stupidity of the woke, cancel culture knows no bounds. Now they’ve chosen the wrong movie to pick on…Grease. They have awakened a sleeping giant.

Oh, this isn’t in the United States…yet. It’s in Britain, The Sun reports.  

No wonder we had to bail them out of World War II.

For those unfamiliar, Grease is set at an American high school in the late 1950’s, a much simpler time in our nation’s history. That was long before everyone was offended by everything.

The film, based on the Broadway hit of the same name, contains the usual adolescent hijinks that took place in high schools in the 1950’s, and from personal experience in the 1970’s. There is absolutely nothing in the film that someone who doesn’t have their shorts twisted in a bunch should be offended about. Yet somehow, those haughty British did.

On Boxing Day in Britain, the day after Christmas, the BBC aired the 1978 movie, which apparently set some of the more sensitive of Brits into orbit.

What were the criticisms? Well it was “misogynistic,” “rapey,” the ever-overused “racist,” and also included what was referred to as “slut shaming.”


Grease was a surprise hit released in the late 1970’s and starred teen-idols John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, along with an ensemble cast that included a number of 1960’s and 1970’s television and movie stars, such as Eve Arden, Joan Blondell, Bobby Darin and Edd Byrnes. It was easily a feel-good movie with a soundtrack that was easy to sing along with.

Of course, the woke who also probably think the Grinch glorifies child abuse because the main character wraps Cindy Lou Who in wrapping paper were out of their minds being offended by Grease.

In the era of the #metoo movement (except where Joe Biden is concerned), Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ and the rest of the alphabet crowd, and other “woke” types of awareness, people are just wrapped too tight to embrace Hollywood fiction.

Let’s go through some of the scenes where those butt-clenched Brits were offended.

One scene is at the drive-in, when Danny Zuko (Travolta) gives Sandy (Newton-John) his high school ring. In the olden days (like when I was in high school), giving your girlfriend your class ring to wear was a sign of commitment, a tradition which I’m told no longer exists. What a shame.

Anyway, after Danny gives Sandy his ring and she accepts, he takes that as permission to advance to the next phase of their relationship, otherwise known as “second base.” When Danny moves in to do so, Sandy is having none of it. She leaves the car in a huff and as he goes after her, she slams the door, hitting him right in the “sweet spot.”

One person on Twitter was very, very offended:

“The drive in/botched makeout session between Danny and Sandy hasn’t aged well. Film kinda glides right into song (“Sandy” before viewers register the date rapey vibe of the scene they just saw. #Grease”

Yet another:

“Ahhh man. Just watching #Grease one of my favourite films and it’s so of its time. Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey.”


A third:

“Damn. It seems like Danny’s kinda rapey at the Drive-In with Sandy. #Grease”


This is far too sexist and overly white and should be banned from the screen, it is after all nearly 2021.” 




Oh, but it didn’t end there, but you knew that already, didn’t you?

“Slut-shaming”…did you know there was such a thing? Apparently there is. People were also offended that Rizzo, played by Stockard Channing was being condemned by her peers for having sex.

Does anyone remember high school? Everyone talked about everyone. It was a right of passage. Of course, this was before cyberbullying on social media, thus people had more of a filter and wouldn’t say anywhere near face-to-face what goes for routine talk today on Twitter or Facebook.

Then, there is the part where Rydell High School is going to be part of a live broadcast on “National Bandstand,” a takeoff of the Dick Clark franchise “American Bandstand.”

While the football coach, played by Sid Caesar is reading the rules of the dance off, he says that all couples must be “boy/girl.” One of the T-Birds then says, “Too bad Eugene!” referring to the high school “geek.”

Of course in PC 2021, that is considered “homophobic,” even though the setting for this film (and in fact the time when it was released) was before everyone became aware of and sensitive to such commentary. It’s a time period movie for God’s sake.

Well, of course this set off one of the wokesters:

“All couples must be boy/girl? Well Grease, shove your homophobia.”

“Grease peak of homophobia,” said another.

Hoo boy.

Then there is the allegation of racism. Why? Were the T’Birds and Pink Ladies using racist terminology? Did they prohibit minorities from belonging to their respective gangs? Nope.

There were not enough minorities in the movie.

Here ya go:

“Hey, there’s one non-white couple at the dance! One! #Grease”


“I caught the end of Grease, the movie, and noticed there were no black actors or pupils at the high school.”

A third:

“Watched Grease on the BBC, surprised they let it go, full of white people.”

The humanity!

For her part, Olivia Newton-John, now 72, has previously dismissed any claims of sexism about the movie.

“It’s a movie and a fun story and I’ve never taken it too seriously.”

Breitbart reports that in Britain, other movies have also been targeted and have been given trigger warnings, which call out their “outdated attitudes” by Sky, owned by Comcast. Among those films are Aliens, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Flash Gordon, The Jungle Book, and Lawrence of Arabia. 

Even the live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith has received the same trigger warnings. 


What’s next? People are going to watch Star Wars, also made in the 1970’s and complain that the Imperial Storm Troopers were all white.

Seriously, where does this ridiculous nonsense end? Do the British complain that Mel Gibson’s character in The Patriot, Benjamin Martin is too mean to the British troops, or that there were not enough minorities among the Continental Army?

Political correctness, wokeness and cancel culture are literally destroying everything.

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