September 05, 2008

When Did Bill Maher Become Such An Asshole?

I used to like the guy. The last couple of years, I haven't been able to stand him. He used to be witty, and insightful. Now, most of the time he comes off as smug and condescending. Oh, well...maybe he's learned who his audience is.

Regardless, I happened to run across this op-ed piece of his in Salon. It's fairly offensive and demonstrates a significant amount of prejudice and ignorance. Bill thinks that all Republicans are dumb? Wow. Does he subscribe to any other insulting or degrading stereotypes that we should know about? Does he think all black people like watermelon? Does he think that all Mexicans are shiftless and lazy? Does he think that all women are weak-willed and emotional? The whole "Republicans are stupid" line is old. It was old in 2000, it was old in 2004 and it's still old. Worst of all, it's not true. I posted on it a while back. Here's the highlights.
The Democrats in this country do not have a stranglehold on intelligence, or culture, or diversity of thought. For them to even think that they do, much less speak or write it, is the worst kind of prejudice.

So, for those of you out there who voted for George Bush, and are tired of the aspersions being cast on your intellect, here's what you do: The next time someone states, or even hints, that Bush won because the people who voted for him are ignorant, hit them with some facts from the people at Gallup.

* If the uneducated people of the country had NOT voted, not only wouldn't Bush have lost, he would have actually won by a larger margin. According to Gallup, nearly a third of all voters had an education described as "high school or less." Of that third, 54% voted for Kerry, while only 46% voted for Bush. Yes, that's right--more uneducated people voted Democrat than Republican.

* Bush kicked ass among those voters (48%) who had "some college" or "college graduate (no postgrad)," winning the first group by 12 percentage points, and the second by 16 points. That's nearly half the voting pool.

* To be fair, Kerry did win the "postgraduate education" bunch, but they were only 20% of the voting population, and he won them by only 6 percentage points. So, it appears that the Democrats would have you think that 47% of Americans who have made it to the highest echelons of our educational system, still managed to keep from picking up any smarts.
Here's the link to the rest. (NOTE: The original link to Gallup is gone, so I updated it here and in the original post. You might notice that the numbers for the 2000 election were essentially the same as for the 2004 election.)

21 comments:

  1. According to the book, Democrats and Republicans - Rhetoric and Reality (Joe Fried) surveys of about 4500 Dems and Reps show a huge difference in "Apparent Intelligence," as judged by interviewers for the National Election Studies, a large nonprofit sociological survey organization. Democrats are only about 75% as likely to be rated as having fairly or very high "Apparent Intelligence."

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  2. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Bill Maher represents himself as a highly educated member if the liberal Euro-centric intelligencia, in truth his English degree from Cornell and career as a stand up comedian don't carry much weight.

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  3. Anonymous12:47 AM

    Bill Maher is the biggest moronic prick that ever lived. His shows are not the least bit entertaining, and his endless ignorant rants against religion just show how desperate he is to be liked by the liberal assholes that hate religion. I almost feel sorry for him. He's a pathetic worthless loser.

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  4. Anonymous5:09 PM

    I think that Bill Maher is an absolutely insensitive jerk. I'm not as religious as I should be, but the fact that he puts down all religions is particularly offensive to me. Where does he get off making fun of people who believe in God. It's like he is insulting my childhood and my whole family, especially my sisters and my dad who are usually church goers. I just wish that he would just go away.

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  5. Anonymous8:57 PM

    I'm an Agnostic: I don;t know if there is a God, but I can't say there isn't one. Bill Maher is obviously an Atheist, because he somehow KNOWS there is no God (something he evidently learned as an English major in college). He's not an illectual, he's just an arrogant, smug, self-important prick who thinks he is superior to the majority of Americans, but is lacking any credentials to validate his own narrow beliefs. Someday Maher will wake up and come to the realization that opinions are like assholes: everyone has one...and his is no better than anyone else's.

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  6. Anonymous7:37 PM

    Bill Maher can suck my dick.

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  7. Anonymous7:11 AM

    I'm glad someone pointed out that Bill Maher is/was a Comedian. I've never found him to be funny in anyway shape or form. He has the right to say what it is that he wants. As do I" Bill Maher is an ASSHOLE.

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  8. Bill Maher is a really cool guy,And I really do like him,But sometimes.I do think he really does go too far, Like for example withe the Steve Irwin Halloween Costume.

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  9. Anonymous6:00 PM

    That is a typo.I mean with,By Makayla.

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  10. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Bill Maher is an atheist? If he's right and we die; we're dead. If I'm right and we die; he's screwed!

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  11. Anonymous2:18 PM

    BILL MAHER IS ONE OF THESE PEOPLE THAT THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING, BUT DOES VERY LITTLE TO CHANGE IT. HE KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT POLITICS BUT DOES NOT RUN FOR ANYTHING. HE IS AN ASSHOLE.

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  12. Anonymous11:22 PM

    He denies that he is an asshole,and cannot imagine where anyone gets that idea. He spends all his time giving money to Feed The Children, and rocking them in his arms as he feeds them. Do they come any nicer?

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  13. Bill maher is a son-of-a-whore, useless douchbag. He is begging for someone to BUST his pathetic, U G L Y ass !!!!!!!!!

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  14. Anonymous5:14 PM

    Comedian? Even Mr T was more funny than him in DC Cab and that was during his best days. I totally forgot he was even in that movie until I saw it again recently. Maybe I am just biased but even back then he has that same smug condescending look and tone. Obviously it has simply amplified over the years.

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  15. Anonymous8:31 PM

    I find it interesting that Maher seems to feel a real need to make extremely crass and obnoxious comments about women, especially conservative women. I suspect that he is pissed because he couldn't get laid in a Bangkok whorehouse with a 100$ bill taped to his dick. I've also noticed when he gets into a debate with someone who is truly informed he resorts to insults because he is a psuedo-intellectual like many Hollyweird libs.

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  16. Anonymous11:11 PM

    I love his complete ignorance of history. He rages on and on about right-wing "war mongers", yet the fact is that except for the Iraq wars and the Afghan war all of the wars in the last 100 years were started by Democrats. In fact the "liberal" hero FDR had such a hard-on to get America into WWII that he ignored intel about a Japanese plan to attack the US before Pearl Harbor. Knowing that a sneak attack somewhere on US soil would get what he wanted.

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  17. Anonymous7:23 PM

    I occasionally watch his show just to feel better about myself as a human being. Whenever I've done something I'm not particularly proud of (which is rare, thank goodness) I watch his show and see that I don't hold a candle to his self righteous and egocentric self.

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  18. I'm not the biggest fan of Religion / Politics out there, but seriously, the way he keeps going on and on pisses me off the most, his show should be canceled, And i don't care If I'm an Ignorant prick for wanting his show canceled but for the sake of America it should be.

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  19. I use to like bill Maher,however, his views on the next president is pretty one sided.He think we will be better off with a career criminal( Hillary Clinton) running the country after she has proven to be a liar,and in bed with big pharma as well as being tied to countless scandals for the last 20 years. He belittles Trump for things that Hillary is WAY MORE guilty of.I have lost all respect for Bill for the way he is presenting views on the election candidates. I'm not a big Trump supporter but Hillary is ten times worse than Trump.Bill if your doing to tell the truth about the two candidates,start telling the truth about Hillary.I use to think you were right on the money about a lot of things,(not any more).Now i just think your an asshole.

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  20. I use to think Bill Maher was a truth teller and the watchdog of things going on. When he says Trump is a liar and fails to mention that Hillary has (been proven to be a liar) is unforgivable. Its not hard to see which way he leans as far as the candidates go. Ever since he has started trashing Donald Trump and totally ignored the shortcomings of Hillary Clinton (a proven liar on many issues) is something i just can't respect.It goes against everything i thought he was about.I have NO RESPECT for Bill at this point.Watching his show makes me mad as hell knowing he knows the things he says is total horseshit. I watch his show less and less nowadays due to this fact. I'm not a Trump supporter but i am a huge fan of telling the truth.Lately it seems he has forgotten why many of us have been long time watchers of his show.I for one have lost all respect for Bill Maher and i hope his fan base falls off the cliff due to his dishonest attitude shown by his comments over the presidential race.These last few weeks has given me a new prospective on who Bill really is. If he returns to being honest i might start watching him again.At this point i just think he is a lier too.If this is true it makes me wonder what else he has lied about,and was me respect misguided.

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  21. Anonymous10:27 AM

    I quit watching his show, I use to find it entertaining and funny. Just seems to be the same liberal bias whiney bull the whole show, I cant stand it, even for a quick check in on what the liberal base might be thinking. Its too bad, he use to refer to Trump as the whiney bitch, LOL who is the whiney bitch now?

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