Skip to comments.Bill Maher: Get off my back, America (He proposes a "National Day of No Outrage")
Posted on 03/23/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
I'm torn. I could happily live another 10 lifetimes without having to deal with phony, politically calculated, outrageously outrageous outrage. Ann Romney, in fact, did an elegant job on CNN last night urging everyone (ahem, Newt) to lighten up over Robert DeNiro's lame but innocuous joke about America's white First Ladies.
Just one question: What makes Maher think the outrage in his case is phony?
When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we dont like? In the last year, weve been shocked and appalled by the unbelievable insensitivity of Nike shoes, the Fighting Sioux, Hank Williams Jr., Cee Lo Green, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus, Kirk Cameron, Gilbert Gottfried, the Super Bowl halftime show and the ESPN guys who used the wrong cliché for Jeremy Lin after everyone else used all the others. Who can keep up? ...
I have a better idea. Lets have an amnesty from the left and the right on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Lets make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize…
I dont want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. Thats why we have Canada. Thats not us. If we sand down our rough edges and drain all the color, emotion and spontaneity out of our discourse, well end up with political candidates who never say anything but the safest, blandest, emptiest, most unctuous focus-grouped platitudes and cant. In other words, well get Mitt Romney.
Someone on Twitter today (I forget who) summarized his op-ed here as “Bill Maher comes out against Media Matters’s very existence.”
I’ll give him this much. Part of the anger at his “jokes” about Palin and other women is, clearly, a reaction to the left generally rather than to him specifically. In that sense it is political, but not political in the cheap “pretend to be outraged to score a point” way. It’s sincere irritation at liberals once again presuming to lecture the right on propriety — here’s the latest on the Rush boycott, for instance — while they tolerate all manner of similar improprieties within their own ranks. (A textbook example is smearing tea partiers as violent radicals while whitewashing every last bit of OWS cretinism.) Maher is a target of opportunity to some extent because he just dropped a cool mil on Obama’s Super PAC, which they accepted without a second thought, so from his perspective the reaction may very well look contrived. Why, he’s been doing “c*nt” gags for years and only now, when dear Rush is threatened, is there a sustained outcry about it. Obvious fakery.
But it’s not fake. People have grumbled about him all along, as he’s no doubt well aware. There just hasn’t been any sustained attention to him because ultimately who cares? His job is to tell the left they’re superior to the right; he’s just a little nastier and a little more entertaining about it (emphasis on “a little”) than MSNBC is. To some extent, in fact, precisely because he’s a provocateur, getting too angry at him plays into his hands by stoking his self-styled image as a bad-boy truth-teller who knows how to wound the other side. No one wants to feed a preening troll by showing him how much he irritates you, so usually we all just grumble for a day and move on. Doesn’t mean the irritation’s not real, though, and it doesn’t mean that wearily letting him slide time after time somehow waives the right to revisit that sincerely-felt irritation later. And even if it should — even if he’s right that we should all just mellow out a little already — I’m not sure how we’re supposed to celebrate “the color, emotion and spontaneity … of our discourse” after the left’s post-Tucson hysteria last year over civility and rhetoric. Palin put out a midterm election map using crosshairs as a metaphor for “targeting” certain Democratic districts on election day and was basically accused of being an accessory to murder for it. No one’s going to care about the glories of colorful rhetoric the next time the opportunity arises to smear someone on the right for it. That’s not Maher’s fault, but it is what it is. Go figure that people can’t mellow out.
I’m outraged. /s
Isn’t this subject pretty much beaten-to-death, by now? Yawn.
Look, Maher doesn’t even spell it right.
Maher told a great one about Mohammad and a sheep
but I can’t repeat it in mixed company, there might
be lambs out there.
what a stupid man. He has used his program to incite hate in every form. He needs to leave America alone, the filty liar.
Sounds like a Maher Tora Bora/Ramadon to me. You quit, I won’t.
Separated at birth?
Yes, how DARE Rush Limbaugh a political commentator who uses humor, use inappropriate language against a liberal woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HA Ha HA HA!!!! Bill Mahr the humorist who does political commentary, just used totally inappropriate language against a conservative woman. HA HA HA HA!!!!
You mean THAT?????
Nevertheless, screw Maher! What a colossal turd.
Lefties hate it when they get a dose of their own Saul Alinsky medicine.
Oh, so now that the heat has gotten a little intense, he wants us to all just calm down?
What a prick.............
Dear Bill, FU!
Maher has piloted his train of hatred and ridicule to great wealth. He’s hurt people who were innocent of any wrongdoing. There’s a spiritual price for that.
I am tied of these hypocrites.
People just need to grow a thicker skin...outrage and ridicule has always been a part of politics, from all sides, and that will never change....life is tough, wear a helmet.
New International Version (NIV)
11 What goes into someones mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.
Best line in the article. This is why conservatives shouldn't let up, and why I think Newt was right to go after De Niro. Convervatives are fighting back after this Fluke nonsense, and Maher is proposing his no-outrage day because now HE is in the spotlight. We're acting on offense for once.