Former Bill Maher fan seeks opinions

Johnny - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I've always been a big fan of Bill Maher and loved Real Time. Until this weekend's show. I'm pretty hard to offend, but for me, this joke was so unbelievable disgusting that I will never watch his show again. No matter how much I *dislike* the Catholic Church and Justin Bieber, I was horrified. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you think that I am overreacting.

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Johnny - posted on 04/20/2010

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The joke was not even funny, not that it would have been better if it had been. Personally, I think he used it to purposely offend Catholics, but he doesn't really need to bother, since I think most pretty much can't stand him anyway. I like edgy dark comedy, I like his stance on religion, which I share, and I generally agree with his political views. But child molestation jokes? Targeted at a specific child? I'm actually pretty surprised that so many people here don't have a problem with it. Targeting adults of any hue, gender, orientation is acceptable IMO, but young kids? Not appropriate at all. I don't think you can compare it to racist, sexist or other types of off-color humor. I don't personally find "dead baby" jokes offensive, but I know that it is completely unacceptable, cruel, and nasty so I would never support their telling. I consider them a better comparison to this joke.

ME - posted on 04/20/2010

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This is pretty offensive, but then, I haven't had much time for B.M. since Religulous came out...what a piece of crap that was. He spends all his time snidely making other people feel stupid or inadequate...I find almost nothing he says funny.

Amie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I agree with Dana. While some things can just barely slide through under the guise of comedy; molestation is a huge deal and never a joke.

Dana - posted on 04/20/2010

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Wow, I'm pretty shocked that so many think it's okay to joke about molesting a young boy in the name of comedy. Would everyone be okay with it if it were Rush Limbaugh....I doubt it.

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Dana - posted on 04/20/2010

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To be honest, I'm not overly upset about it either, nor am I shocked by his "joke". I think it's more the flippant attitude of, oh it's Bill Maher, he's a comedian....

That's not directed at any one person either or any of you here.

Mary - posted on 04/20/2010

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Dana, it's not so much that I'm "okay" with it...I guess I have just accepted that today's comedians often say things that are pretty horrifying. I guess, because I KNOW that he wasn't serious, that it was an attempt at humor (which obviously failed), I'm not overly upset by it. I didn't think it was funny, but I wasn't deeply offended either.



As to RushLimbaugh...he's not a comedian (well, not intentionally).

Rosie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i agree with jenny. i don't think anything is off limits in comedy. if that were the case there'd be hardly anything to laugh at, and we'd all be serious little robots. i can see how it is offensive, but so is chris rock calling whites "crackers", but i can also see the humor in it.

Jenny - posted on 04/20/2010

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I still love Bill Maher. I don't think anything is off limits in comedy but then again I have a dark sense of humour. I do agree it was poor taste and can see how it is offensive to some.

La - posted on 04/20/2010

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It was obviously a joke so I took it as such. It wasn't funny but it wasn't shocking either. Comedians say controversial things all the time- not a big deal.

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010

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Don't like Bill Maher, never have. I think this is one of the most appalling things I have heard in a long time. I am not offended by what he said I am disgusted.



Esther, misfire or not the fact that the thought even entered his mind is sick and wrong, how could you possibly recover fro something like that.

Dana - posted on 04/20/2010

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WTF???? I used to like Bill Maher but he's gone too far for me a few times in the past. I've been over him for a while.

Esther - posted on 04/20/2010

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I'm with Mary. I think it was a tasteless joke, but I still like Bill Maher and I like his show since I think he's smart & well informed and mostly very funny, with the occassional misfire. This was a misfire. Fortunately he moved on quickly.

Mary - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hmmm.....



I typically like Bill Maher, and there period where I watched Real Time whenever I got the chance. I still like the show, I just don't watch a whole lot of TV since I had the girl.



Gillian, to answer your question, he's a very vocal liberal, and often crosses the line in his humor.



While I agree that this was WAY over the line (and I'm a Catholic, btw), it didn't exactly shock me that he said something like this. Not his brightest or wittiest moment, but it didn't really throw me, either. (perhaps because I had to google Justin Bieber to really place who he was? Not a fan of pop...more of an alternative girl, and 10 seconds into the video of "Baby", my brain was bleeding!).



Carol, I don't necessarily think you're overreacting. We all have those "things" that, for whatever reason, REALLY offend us. It's not always completely logical, just a knee-jerk response that says "whoa, that was just tooooo much". It was innappropriate, and beyond poor taste, but for whatever reason, it didn't hit me the way that it did you. Of course, he could say something next week that sends me over the edge.

Lady - posted on 04/20/2010

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I don't know the show but I take it it's not usually the type of show that would make jokes about such risky subjects? There is a British comedien Alan Carr who jokes about everything even child molestation but you know if you're watching him that's what to expect, this doesn't seem like the place to make such jokes.

Amie - posted on 04/19/2010

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OMG! That was totally uncalled for. There's a lot of things he could have said or made fun of... child molestation is NOT where you go to get a laugh.

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