People who can't take a joke need to lighten up a bit, he is a comedian, there are a lot of comedians who get most of their laughs out of saying shocking things. See Daniel Tosh, Carlos Mencia etc. the point is a joke is a joke, the same thing said seriously can be offensive, that's why plenty of stand up comedians and stuff still do racial jokes and people laugh, people who would probably kick them to the curb if they actually thought they meant it as something other than a joke. Besides calling voters spineless is hardly mean.
It is his gig. I don't like him at all. I never watch. He reminds me of a jerk I went to military school with. He wasn't smart and he didn't have talent, but he would say anything to get attention. Sometimes it was funny when he popped off at inappropriate times, but his perpetual smirk made you want to punch him in the mouth
If Maher had an original thought, it would die of lonliness.
I used to like Maher, but over time, I've come to the same conclusion. He really puts out the attitude that humanity is stupid and he's the only one who should gather his egotistical friends and mock it all. I saw him in Beverly Hills last year on a trip to LA for business, and he and his cronies were quite loud and condescending at a table near ours. The pretense is always about "intelligence" or lack thereof. But I don't think that truly "intelligent" people have to make a mockery of everyone around them to prove they are somehow better. All it says is that they are truly small people with a narrow view, and that they are apparently very insecure as human beings.
And I agree that Jon Stewart is funny, smart, and still has some respect for people in general.
Bill is the voice of the liberals that believe himself or herself smarter than everyone else on the planet. Without that mine set his humor escapes the good ole boys and girls that enjoy a tall glass of sweet tea. Just smile, wave and have a slice of cornbread with a mason jar full of ice cold sweet tea. while you pattern that ole scatter shot thingy.
Jon Stewart, Lewis Black (I love both of them) Maher, Ricky Gervais.....the list goes on. They can be mean, but basically, it's all under the heading of entertainment & comedy. IMO, the whole damned world needs to loosen up and not be so defensive and take things both literally and personally. The bottom line to what we're talking about here is....we have remotes for changing channels and an off switch, as well. We're not forced to listen to them. I can name two rude, crude, highly insulting pundits who are NOT in the comedy business and they are sickening and ignorant: Rush Limbaugh & Bill O'Reilly.....O'Reilly is BIG on passive-aggresive remarks because he truly believes the whole world is stupid and he's the only one who knows anything. I have always thought Limbaugh is some sort of Twisted Joke the media created just for the hell of it.
I don't usually get upset about comedy, but Maher often takes things too far: calling women vile names, comparing metally handicapped kids to dogs, etc. The prob is that Maher probably really believes that everyone in the Deep South is stupid, uneducated, inbred, and toothless. In fact, I think a lot of people believe the stereotype. Nancy Pelosi's daughter did a video depicting southern voters, and it was very demeaning. Have you seen it?
I guess as an "educated" southerner, I get a bit defensive. Some of us are trying to break out of our old stereotype. And hey - notice my pic? Those are my REAL teeth! lol
As for Rush, I've already condemned him several times. He's vile.
Exactly, As an educated woman from any area of the country, you can easily ignore rude people and ignorant remarks. If others feel the shoe fits, let them wear it. Funny, I was going to mention your beautiful smile.....(the "toothless" red neck is as created a character as the "dumb" blonde, the "drunk" Irishman, the "mobster," Italian, etal)....we can laugh, get angry or ignore entirely.) "New Yorkers" must carry the label of rude, self-indulgent, unfeeling snobs. The reality couldn't be further from this. Personally, I refuse to give in to the crazed "politically correct" addicts who have lost all use of common sense & judgement.
It's all in the eye of the beholder, I think. He also disses on fat people and religious people. It is humor, and for humor to work, there must be an element of truth to it.
It would be easy to get offended by pretty much any comedian, if one decided to look at humor in a serious light. Look at Rodney Dangerfield and his wife jokes. Some feminists take issue with that. Remember Andrew Dice Clay? Heck, even Bill Cosby offended some with his Fat Albert character.
Maher was poking fun at the poor souls the woman showed in her documentary video. They weren't only poor and toothless, but they have a history of voting against their own best interest. We all know that they don't represent the entire state of Alabama or Mississippi, but there are obviously many in those states that have the same ideology. I believe one of them in the video stated that he recieved food stamps because he deserved them. I suppose he doesn't understand that the food stamp program is largely a program put into place by the democrats.
habee.....wow...thanks for the info. I'm running right out and buy myself a baby pig. Smart and affectionate? Just the kind of pet I'm looking for....lmao. My son raises 2 pigs a year, to fill his freezer of course. I didn't realize they are smart and loving....couldn't get close enough to them. STINK to high heaven! But I did love Mr. Zither from "Green Acres!!" This question is turning into a whole bunch of FUN!! Jokes and all! Habee, a "teethbrush??" Now THAT is funny!!
Yep. He said Obama and Hilary needed to suck on the end of his gun, while holding an actual one on stage. Then he went on Hannity, who never did ask for an apology from him. Very curious if you ask me.