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Bill Maher: Get off my back, America (He proposes a "National Day of No Outrage")
Hotair ^ | 03/23/2012 | AllahPundit

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 don’t like? In the last year, we’ve 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. Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s 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 don’t want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. That’s why we have Canada. That’s not us. If we sand down our rough edges and drain all the color, emotion and spontaneity out of our discourse, we’ll end up with political candidates who never say anything but the safest, blandest, emptiest, most unctuous focus-grouped platitudes and cant. In other words, we’ll 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.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: billmaher

1 posted on 03/23/2012 7:05:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m outraged. /s


2 posted on 03/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

FUBM


3 posted on 03/23/2012 7:08:24 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t this subject pretty much beaten-to-death, by now? Yawn.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 7:09:31 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: SeekAndFind

cant

Look, Maher doesn’t even spell it right.
Bwhahahah.

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.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 7:10:02 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind

what a stupid man. He has used his program to incite hate in every form. He needs to leave America alone, the filty liar.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 7:11:51 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a Maher Tora Bora/Ramadon to me. You quit, I won’t.


7 posted on 03/23/2012 7:14:22 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind

Bill Maher without makeup


Separated at birth?

8 posted on 03/23/2012 7:14:30 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
“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” from the article.

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?????

9 posted on 03/23/2012 7:14:52 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maher’s ‘comedy’ act has been short-circuited by the phony leftist outrage against the right that has also ensnared him in their net. Without c*nt and tw*t passing his lips, Maher doesn't have much to say.
10 posted on 03/23/2012 7:15:27 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: tet68
Cant (language)

Nevertheless, screw Maher! What a colossal turd.

11 posted on 03/23/2012 7:18:36 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: SeekAndFind

Lefties hate it when they get a dose of their own Saul Alinsky medicine.


12 posted on 03/23/2012 7:20:28 AM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to slaughter anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, so now that the heat has gotten a little intense, he wants us to all just calm down?

What a prick.............


13 posted on 03/23/2012 7:33:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Bill, FU!


14 posted on 03/23/2012 7:43:38 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Red Badger

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.


15 posted on 03/23/2012 7:49:24 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maher is a phony and a hypocrite. While the left is organizing to outlaw free speech in this country he claims his own indefensible insults and attacks are ok.

I am tied of these hypocrites.

16 posted on 03/23/2012 7:50:32 AM PDT by detective
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


17 posted on 03/23/2012 7:52:03 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: gortklattu

Matthew 15:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”


18 posted on 03/23/2012 8:00:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: SeekAndFind
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.

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.


19 posted on 03/23/2012 8:02:29 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: SeekAndFind
Are they still dating?


20 posted on 03/23/2012 8:10:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: Daffynition

Maher is a liar and weasel. I don’t want to get along with that sumbag, I want to cause him as much grief as possible. I’d like to see HBO fire him for being the disgusting piece of crap that he is.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 8:17:55 AM PDT by baiamonte
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To: SeekAndFind

if he is willing to confront Sandra Fluke and say this to her face, perhaps I’ll give him a bit of credit


22 posted on 03/23/2012 8:20:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: detective
Ditto from me. Also, he does not deserve the tiniest bit of courtesy, he should be referred to as “little bill maher” or “bill maher” and as little attention as possible. If he accidently “sniffed” of an enema there wouldn't be a dammed thing left of him.
23 posted on 03/23/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT by Gertie
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To: SeekAndFind

Without “outrage” and a demand for government to solve the problem,

there would be no power for the left.

Get it Bill?


24 posted on 03/23/2012 8:27:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: carriage_hill

Oh, trust me - it’s only ‘beaten to death’ if a liberal is the victim ... The suck-up press will still be beating on Rush 3 years from now over this... But of course, we’re all suppose to ‘move on’ when it’s not comfortable for a liberal...

If you want to see how the press works the thin skinned victim game - how they manipulate news FOR the benefit of liberals, WATCH THIS - it’s the New York Times at it’s creepiest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFOmUXR080


25 posted on 03/23/2012 8:36:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Gertie
“Also, he does not deserve the tiniest bit of courtesy, he should be referred to as “little bill maher” or “bill maher” and as little attention as possible”

I prefer to refer to him as a despicable little punk.

26 posted on 03/23/2012 8:37:31 AM PDT by detective
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To: JPG

You’re right. Watch a liberal audience and you’d think you’re back in 8th grade. All the snickering and laughter - how old are these people anyhow? Fourteen?

The liberal audience is saying, ‘say a dirty word, say a dirty word - shock me, shock me’... Gads, vile old liberals pretending to be innocent? That’s the hight of creepy.

Bill Maher - Jon Stewart... all liberals do it. Stewart looks uneasy playing the dirty 14 year old - but he does it because his liberal audience demands it. Joh’s to smart for that kind of humor - unlike Maher - who seems to be a narcissistic eteranl fourteen year old..

Watch and see if you could ever feel this kind of contempt toward another group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFOmUXR080


27 posted on 03/23/2012 8:52:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: GOPJ; lightman; Questori; SF_Redux

I saw that over last weekend. It should be *required viewing* for everyone with a functioning brain, but’ll never be widespread since it’s too true. I’m surprised Rush doesn’t have it on site site; other Conservatives too.


28 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:50 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: carriage_hill

Pass it on - conservatives need to understand how the press sees them...


29 posted on 03/23/2012 9:33:32 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: SeekAndFind

Personally, I think he’s right, regardless of my thoughts about him as a man. This “giving it back to the left” thing is just dragging us into the muck. I’m starting to think American discourse won’t recover, and “they started it” isn’t an acceptable excuse. I think people of either side getting worked up about inconsequential comments just reveals them as giant babies, actually, and I’d rather I could say the whining was their deal and not ours.
Good morning world.


30 posted on 03/23/2012 9:33:32 AM PDT by LikeARock (Liberty or Death)
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To: LikeARock

I propose a “”Lifetime of No Bill Maher”.


31 posted on 03/23/2012 12:33:11 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: LikeARock

I propose a “”Lifetime of No Bill Maher”.


32 posted on 03/23/2012 12:33:11 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure, Bill. Whatever you, want you dumb c**t.


33 posted on 03/23/2012 1:36:07 PM PDT by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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