Skip to comments.Bill Maher Defends Paula Deen After Firing: ‘Do We Always Have to Make People Go Away?’
Posted on 06/22/2013 10:12:24 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
Bill Maher offered one of the rare public defenses of embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen on Friday, asking why we always have to make people go away for saying bad words.
Bill Maher Defends Paula Deen After Firing: Do We Always Have to Make People Go Away? AP
Deen was dropped by the Food Network following her public apology after it emerged this week that she had admitted to using the n-word in the past.
Im just wondering, Maher began on his HBO show Real Time, if youre 66 years old and you were raised in Georgia and you were a child before the civil rights movement, do you get a bit of a pass
No members of his panel cut in.
or you say no, youve had 40 years to get used to I agree, Maher said. But he added a few moments later, I also think people shouldnt have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad.
Its just a word, its a wrong word, shes wrong to use it, but do we always have to make people go away? Maher asked.
The panel again disagreed, with former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert saying, For me that word is the line nobody should be using that word.
Maher asked whether we should ban rap records and said that in America, youve gotta be a free country, even to be an ahole.
I’ve never been a Paula Deen fan but I feel sorry for her.
What now? Retire from the scene?
This is twice now this year that I’ve agreed with Bill Maher on something. This is weird. I have usually ranked Maher as the worst person in the world, but now I may have to move him up to tied for last.
I’d rather live in a world of obscenity than one that stifles speech, and polices thought and expression.
Don’t be a statist!
well, the rule is, blacks are allowed to use the N word, and that’s okay in that context. But whites aren’t allowed to do so. That’s hpw political correctness works. Officially recognized grievance groups are allowed to say and do things which whites are not allowed to say and do.
>> This is weird. I have usually ranked Maher as the worst person in the world
He doesn’t consistently support liberty through his defense of the Left and attacks on the Right.
And that pretty much defines his "show" and his career.
I don’t particularly like Paula Deen because I think she’s a smarmy “movie-Southerner,” and her restaurant (which people stand on line for hours to visit) sux.
But really. This is ridiculous.
I'm right, aren't I?
Holding my breath . . .
Which is why he’s coming out in defense of her. He sees the writing on the wall.
Not even Trayvon "No-Limits Nigga" Martin?
His brand of filth is why it’s been 10 years since I have watched HBO, 10 years since that network has gotten one dime from me.
Tolerance is a one way street.
Pray for America to Wake Up
This is weird hypocrisy when you consider how many black rappers, black standup comedians and black actors have made careers out of using “the N-word”. The people in this country need to grow up.
They do not disappear if they are too useful, Senator Byrd was not even badgered for using it a few years ago.
I’ve made this same point as Maher many times in my life. Do you really need to be completely destroyed for saying something regrettable? I say, “No.”
Look, the lady apologized. What else do we need? Blood? Her first born child? It was a screw up!! I know the word that she used is a biggey-the N-word and all—but turn on any rap station and its mentioned about every third verse....along with ‘bithes’ and ‘hos.’ It’s ironic a word can be simultaneously so offensive and so shamelessly used at the same time.
Also, remember when Reggie White went in front of the Wisconsin State Legislature and made a fool of himself using a bunch of stereotypes? Well, we didn’t ruin this guy. He apologized and we moved on.
Bottom line: It’s time to give the word police a little less power in this country. People make mistakes. If they apologize earnestly, then we all just have to let it go.
Blacks are also allowed to disparage whites in the most repulsive ways without consequence.
Also weird hypocrisy with those so outraged having no problem applying comparable terms to others (”teabaggers” etc).
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