Bill Maher: Please Stop Apologizing

In this editorial from the New York Times, Bill Maher decides to “Be More Cynical” and gives a stoic position:

This week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.” Of course, if something is “inexcusable,” an apology doesn’t make any difference, but then again, neither does Newt Gingrich.

Mr. De Niro was speaking at a fund-raiser with the first lady, Michelle Obama. Here’s the joke: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

The first lady’s press secretary declared the joke “inappropriate,” and Mr. De Niro said his remarks were “not meant to offend.” So, as these things go, even if the terrible damage can never be undone, at least the healing can begin. And we can move on to the next time we choose sides and pretend to be outraged about nothing.

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?

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  • Jesus Borg

    I know a limo driver that drove for Newt and Callista. He said she had a impermeable “helmet of hairspray”

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/SDGHYKRODBXAIPWTZPPUUMCOAI Ray

       and what did he say about the “wife”?

  • chinagreenelvis

    If we have a right to say what we please, others have the right to say that they are offended. It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately, it also means that People like Maher and Limbaugh have the right to play the “free speech attack victim” card, even if it isn’t true.

    • DeepCough

      As far as guys like Maher and Limbaugh are concerned, they’re only “free speech attack victims” because they lost their corporate sponsorship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Maher is a slimy douche bag. Mind you, I’m a liberal so this isn’t coming from a place of fanatical rightwing bias. I really just can’t stand the guy. Sure, he is occasionally very funny and occasionally makes really great, intelligent points…. he’s also occasionally a complete asshole. Friends with Anne Coulter and he’s an anti-vaxer. Yechk.

    • KG

      I’m with you!

  • Irish Potato Gun

    The real problem is the joke isn’t funny.

  • KG

    I disagree with what Maher says. I’m not in favor of becoming outraged at every little thing everybody says or does, but some of the stuff to which he refers needs to be taken very seriously. The media has a huge impact on societal beliefs/worldviews, and when Jeremy Lin gets called a “chink,” for example, it’s a racist remark, and it needs to addressed.

    Racism is the root cause of a number of societal issues. It very often directly leads to violence, physical harm, and death for many unfortunate individuals. Language in the media affects audiences’ worldviews. While most readers of this blog are probably very critical of mainstream media outlets, many Americans are not. They just consume what is fed to them like it’s water or air.

    If things like this weren’t publicly challenged, they could become more common, or be viewed as acceptable. There’s a huge difference between a hand gesture and a derogatory slur, in my opinion. So when a statement is made that can socially harm a group, whoever made that statement should be called out on it. No passes.

    And I know people will disagree with me, ha ;)

  • Apathesis

    “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?”

    Who even bothers to keep up on this insignificant shit?  I was unaware of the majority of these controversies…

    Shoot your TV.

  • AurelTristen

    “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…”

    I didn’t (don’t) because I don’t watch the digital shit you might call TV.  Haven’t for the past 7 years and its oh so great.  You have NO idea how much I enjoy having no idea what the fu*k you are talking about.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/SDGHYKRODBXAIPWTZPPUUMCOAI Ray

    What DeNiro said was a very witty joke about racism.  As opposed to actual racism.  People unable to make these distinctions need not participate in the discussion.

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