Liberal Bill Maher Is Right About Cancel Culture and Wokeness
Bill Maher is one of those liberals I can occasionally agree with.
I agree with him on many of the subjects he raises in these videos (they are in this post, below),
except for his swipe in one moment of one of the videos below, where he takes a shot at the border wall –
– the Democrat Biden Administration has been an utter disaster on immigration and a failure at keeping the U.S. border orderly and safe (the Biden administration has also failed to keep illegal aliens safe), which I intend to make a post about in the future.
The rest of his points are spot on, though.
Liberals seem to forget how bad the ‘bad old days’ really were, the HBO star says
by Dade Hayes
….He reeled off a series of instances where officials and creative staffers faced consequences over decades-old behavior. In one case, the opening ceremony’s musical director was ousted over a 1994 interview in which he admitted to bullying fellow students when he was a child in school. “Remember when your teacher used to try to scare you, they’d say, ‘You know, this is going to go down on your permanent record,’” he said. “No longer an empty threat now.”
He also ridiculed media coverage of surfing becoming an Olympic sport in Tokyo. The Associated Press — not exactly some lefty activist outlet — wrote that having surfing in the Games exacerbates cultural appropriation and “racial indignities.”
That’s because non-Hawaiians have popularized and mainstreamed a sport with deep spiritual and communal meaning for its original participants. The article’s headline described the competition as a “whitewashed” event.
…“This is called a purge,” Maher said of the climate in the U.S. and increasingly elsewhere.
“It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before people who say cancel culture is overblown have to admit that it is, in fact, an insanity that is swallowing up the world.”
As to charges that his stance means he has moved farther to the political right (a place on the spectrum given to reflexively [and correctly!] denouncing cancel culture), Maher said, “My politics have not changed, but I am reacting to politics that have.”
The news coming out of the Olympics, he continued, “yet another example of how the woke invert the very thing that used to make liberals liberals. ‘Snitches and bitches’: That’s not being liberal.”
Even the Olympic Games concept itself, he pointed out, was adapted from the Greeks. He rattled off sports and their places of origin, including badminton in India, tennis in France taekwondo in Korea. “What is this new rule that the first to do something are the only ones who get to have it?!” he wondered.
He closed with a condemnation of the hypervigilance about cultural appropriation, though he said there are legitimate cases of it. “Stealing natural resources from indigenous people — yes, of course, that’s exploitation,” he said.
At the same time, he insisted, “Not everything is about oppression.”
Cultural exchange can work in other directions, too, he maintained. K-pop bands like BTS became popular in the U.S. by making pop music that is catchy to Western ears, not by playing traditional Korean songs in the style of their ancestors.
“We live in a world where straight actors are told they can’t play gay roles and a white novelists aren’t allowed to imagine what it’s like to be a Mexican immigrant,” Maher said. “Even though trying to inhabit the life of someone else is almost the definition of empathy, the bedrock of liberalism.”
In a must see video, comedian Bill Maher blast wokes who have no sense of massive progress on many liberal and Libertarian fronts.
…“If you think that America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote, and more homophobic than before blow jobs were a felony, you have progressophobia, and should adjust your mask because it is covering your eyes.”
“Before 2012, every time gay marriage was put before a state’s voters it lost, 35 times in a row. Now it’s the law of the land in every state. Even half of Republicans are for it.”
“Not that long ago, I knew people who went to prison for growing pot. Today, you can legally smoke it for fun in 43% of the country and I will.”
“Even something like bullying, it still happens, but being outwardly cruel to people who are different is no longer acceptable.”
“That’s progress. and acknowledging progress isn’t saying we’re done, or we don’t need more. And being gloomier doesn’t make you a better person.”
“In 1958, only 4% of Americans approved of interracial marriage. Now, Gallup does not even bother asking. The last time they did in 2013, 87% approved. An overwhelming number of Americans say they want to live in a multiracial neighborhood.”
“That is a sea change from when I was a kid.”
“In a country that is 14% black, 18% of the incoming Harvard class is black. And since 2017, white students are not even a majority in our public colleges.”
“Yet, there is a recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse.”
“This is one of the big problems with wokeness. That what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jibe with the facts, and a challenge itself is equated with racism.”
“Saying white power and privilege is at all all-time high is just ridiculous. Higher than a century ago with the Tulsa race massacre? Higher than the years when the KKK rode unchecked and Jim Crow went unchallenged? Higher than the 1960s when the Supremes and Willie Mays could not stay in the same hotel as the white people they were working with?”
[In a message to Zoomers] “Here’s the thing kids. There actually was a world before you got here. We need a third marker [to go along with A.D .and B.C.]. B.Y. Before You.
“Having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped. Black only dorms and graduation ceremonies, a growing belief that whiteness is a malady.”
This post needs updated – there has been so much suppression of free speech by leftist corporations and social media since it was last updated: