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Bill Maher: “I’m down with #MeToo, I’m not down with #MeCarthyism”

Bill Maher: “I’m down with #MeToo, I’m not down with #MeCarthyism”

“The nothing is funny people are trying to take over the world and we can’t let them”

As the #MeToo movement faces backlash from the left and backlash to the backlash from other elements of the left, Bill Maher wades into the controversy.  Maher, who is unafraid to say things that will be unpopular with his leftist audience, stated that he is “down with #MeToo, I’m not down with #MeCarthyism.”

Maher notes that the #MeToo movement has developed into a McCarthy-like witch hunt that does not distinguish between degrees of offense or even between a joke and sexual harassment.  He labels them “distinction deniers.”

Mediaite reports:

In the season premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher, the eponymous host had a bone to pick with the “nothing is funny” people. When the time came for the comedian to present his new rules, his final one included, “Keep laughing.”

“The nothing is funny people are trying to take over the world and we can’t let them,” Maher said as the audience began to cheer“ . . . .

This argument over PC comedy, and people being too sensitive to take a joke, quickly turned into Maher discussing the #MeToo movement.

“I have a penis,” Maher “admitted,” fairly tongue in cheek. “And while I admit that having one does predispose a human to to being aggressive and over-sexed, I don’t concede that it makes me automatically wrong about everything, and I say that as a true supporter of the #MeToo movement. I even wore black to the Golden Globes. I was home watching TV but still––I wore black. I was also morning the ability to think rationally. I’m down with #MeToo, I’m not down with #MeCarthyism.”

Maher continued to cite many criticisms of the movement, including the fact that Al Franken had to be “roadkill on the zero tolerance highway.” He also defended Matt Damon, who was criticized for his comments weeks ago on the matter.

He finished his lengthy rant by saying that there are degrees to sexual misconduct. “Mike Pence and ISIS are both homophobic,” he said. “But Mike doesn’t throw gay men off the roof, so he’s better. This isn’t that hard, people!”

“(Vice President) Mike Pence and ISIS are both homophobic,” he added. “But Mike doesn’t throw gay men off the roof, so he’s better. This isn’t that hard, people!”

Matt Damon is now apologizing for noting, quite rationally, “that men are being lumped into ‘one big bucket’ when in reality there is a ‘spectrum of behavior’.”

From the New York Times at the time of his comments:

The actor Matt Damon waded into the national conversation about sexual assault in an interview with ABC News on Thursday, observing that men are being lumped into “one big bucket” when in reality there is a “spectrum of behavior.”

“You know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” he told Peter Travers of ABC. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

Those comments were met with anger and frustration online, where many women, including the actress Alyssa Milano, rejected attempts to categorize various forms of sexual misconduct.

“They all hurt,” Ms. Milano wrote on Twitter on Friday. “And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted — even welcomed — misogyny.”

As Maher notes in his segment, actress Minnie Driver also chimed in with outraged denial that there are degrees to the various reported examples of sexual harassment and rape and that they shouldn’t all be treated as the same thing.

A number of leftist feminists, politicians, and actresses have weighed in with similar pushback. Feminists are noting that the accusations against Aziz Ansari have taken the #MeToo movement too far.

The Washington Times reports:

Even some feminists are voicing concerns about the precipitous turn the #MeToo movement has taken with an accusation against actor/screenwriter Aziz Ansari.

Legal analyst Ashleigh Banfield, host of HLN’s “Crime & Justice,” led the way with her denunciation of the report detailing the allegation of sexual assault. She called it a “bad date” that does not meet the legal threshold for rape.

“By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant,” Ms. Banfield said Monday on her show. “It did not send you to the police. It did not affect your workplace or your ability to get a job. So, I have to ask you, what exactly was your beef? That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari?”

Brigitte Bardot noted that “the vast majority of [#MeToo] cases” are “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”  Bardot’s comments were made “a week after actress Catherine Deneuve joined 99 other French women in claiming that the #MeToo campaign amounted to ‘puritanism’ and was fueled by a ‘hatred of men’.”

At LI, we’ve covered some of this pushback in our posts “Democrats, Media: Franken Made a “Mistake,” We Need Him in the Senate,” “Al Franken, Democrats’ Sacrificial Man,” and “#MeToo has been hijacked by partisans as a political weapon and fundraising tool.

We’ve also published our own pushback:  “The Silly Sexual Assault Allegations Against President HW Bush” and “#MeToo Is Going Too Far.”

On the left, the Huffington Post is upset about the “fake feminism” of the #MeToo backlash, and the Atlantic, spotting a problem with #MeToo, offers #TimesUp as its next “phase.”

The Atlantic opines:

For the most part, powerful women. For the most part, wealthy women. For the most part, white women. #MeToo, for all the progress it has made in exposing sexual harassment and abuse—and in exposing the contours of systemic sexism more broadly—has been, from the outset, largely limited in its scope: a movement started, in this iteration, by the famous and the familiar, a movement unsure of how to convert itself from stories into action.

The question quickly became: How do you broaden it? How do you move the #MeToo movement beyond the provinces of privilege to be more inclusive, more systematized, more politically effective? How can #MeToo, essentially, move from the realm of the “me” to the realm of, more fully and more meaningfully, the “we”?

One possible answer: Shift its orientation, collectively, intentionally. Move from identifying the problem to actively solving it. On Monday, as 2017 gave way to 2018, more than 300 women in Hollywood—executives, actors, agents, writers, directors, and producers—announced the formation of Time’s Up, an effort to counter systemic sexual harassment not just in the entertainment industry, but also in industries across the country.

It is an effort, significantly, that aims to combat workplace sexism at its foundations: through legal recourse. Through improved representation in board rooms and beyond. Through the changing of norms. “We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible,” Shonda Rhimes, who has been closely involved with Time’s Up, told The New York Times of the effort.

Maher is, as usual, tapping into an ongoing battle between two factions on the left, and it remains to be seen if his side wins.

Watch Maher’s segment on #MeCarthyism:


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The new #puritanism that declares their definition of sexual assault grants them absolute moral authority to condemn anyone with a penis is foisted upon the world by the same contemptuous fops who produce entertainment based upon the worldview that there are no moral absolutes and don’t judge me, Bro!

These people are little more than children throwing tantrums which ignore reality.

Bill wants it to stop outside his door.

    This guy has about as much credibility as whoopi goldberg – and not as attractive.

    Too bad Maher went down the road of useful idiot – he was a very skilled comic. Was.

    Other than other useful idiots, he’s being laughed at, not with.

Maher? Well, I suppose even a stopped jerk is right twice a day.

Wake me when we get to #Whore4Sale.

We need to have a discussion about all the women who views transactional sex, ie let Trump grab them by the pussy, in exchange for acess, networking, jobs, careers.

At least the streetwalkers are are honest about what they do.

    There was no ‘transaction.’

    Donald Trump is a man’s man, and a magnet to women: he doesn’t need to grab unconscious women’s body part to get a feel (Al Franken) or pay for the privilege (Elliot Spitzer).

*Sighs in exasperation*

This discussion will go nowhere unless and until the behavior of women, including the bad behavior of women, is taken into account.

We have an ugly culture of adultery in at least Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Hollywood. Hollywood may be worse due to the very active pedophilia rings.

The reality is that some men are pigs to begin with, and some women actively teach wealthy or powerful men to act like pigs.

What we need is a discussion about the rules and behavior by which both men and women can opt out of this culture. I have no illusions about getting rid of the culture (except for prosecutions for pedophilia).

Mike Pence’s rule about not socializing with women outside the presence of his wife is a place to start. Natalie Portman also had a successful strategy:

” Portman said she adjusted her behavior, rejected roles with kissing scenes and emphasized her “bookish and serious” side. She built a reputation as a “prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious” young woman in order to feel her body was safe and her voice heard. ”

She is complaining about it now, but she has outlined a method a woman can successfully use to protect herself.

That’s where we start.

#Whore4Sale Minnie Driver gave me oral sex to land that role.

#Whore4Sale Laura Dern pulled a train to audition for a chance to marry my bank account.

    Is this the script of your new movie?

    Disney Production? Maybe summertime release?

      no I just think fair is fair.

      The women are dressing up clumsy awkward sexual advances 15 years old and ruining careers with it.

      So let’s hear from the men. How many managers have had women offer themselves for a promotion or better desk? How many professors I’ve had coeds slink into their office modeling Victoria Secret and asking if there’s anything they can do to improve their grade? Name names.

        Many years ago, we use to play a club, owned by a woman who was Very Well Endowed! (think Dolly Parton)

        When it was time to get paid and I was count my money, she would stand so close that her boobs were touching my arm.
        (you know…trying to distract me)

        I’d say…”Back up…don’t crowd me”! She’s say, “Sorry” and step back…a couple of seconds later…she’d be doing it again! I’d say, “Give me some room”! She’d say, “Oops, sorry”.

        Anyway…when I was done counting, guess what? She had shorted me…(20 maybe 40 bucks)
        She’d give me a…”Sorry, Hon”, then go get the rest of my dough…

        We’d do this little dance every time…

        Now days, I guess what she was doing would considered sexual harassment. Back then, it was just part the game….

The writer for the Atlantic would really prefer to shift the focus of the #metoo Jacobins away from the left-dominated entertainment and new media industry to the right wing side of the social spectrum.

The very same people (maybe not Maher) currently calling for restraint on the left would actively encourage the same Jacobin behavior against the right – and would revel in our destruction.

I hope the left burns itself hollow on this. I don’t want it to stop, at least not yet. Yes, I know the risk involved. I could get burnt. We could get burnt. I’m convinced the reward outweigh the risk.

    bear in reply to Tiki. | January 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Tiki, your sentence, “I hope the left burns itself hollow on this,” may be prophetic. The California government has already lost its supermajority of dems due to sexual misconduct resignations.

    My hope follows yours: That this is only the tip of the iceberg in the self-destruction of the anti-American left. They own this lock, stock and barrel.

Subotai Bahadur | January 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Bill Maher is engaged in the same juggling act as Chinese citizens did during the 1950’s. As purge after purge came down against “Leftist Deviationists”, “Rightist Deviationists”, “Capitalist Roaders” after the “100 Flowers” campaign; the key point was when to change sides and when to join into the persecution of whoever was next to be purged and protecting themselves with their enthusiasm for that purge to keep from being included.

Maher is taking the chance that the purge of White, Male, Leftist Enemies of the Narrative of the Patriarchy is going to moderate. If he is wrong, he is next. But have absolutely no doubt that Maher has no principles beyond preserving his own Leftist a** and attacking anyone to the right of Trotsky. He is the enemy and cannot be trusted to be anything but the enemy regardless of tactical moves.

Yes, Fuzzy, there is a difference between patting someone on the ass and raping them. (What about patting the face versus the ass? In the case of traitor jane fonda, for example: how could one tell the difference?)

Never let a crisis go to waist. Er, waste.

My opinion: Bill Maher is a complete fraud. In the event a prominent Republican gets accused of some tasty sexual hanky-panky, Bill will reverse course faster than you can blink and proceed to smear Generic Republican Sucker every single instant he has on camera.

I guess Matt Damon isn’t smart enough to realize when the #Metoo
gang says they want to have a “National Conversation”, what they mean is….”Shut Up Matt…we don’t care what you think”!!!

Maybe the date-rape accusation against Aziz Ansari has finally led to this #Wait a minute, let’s not be too hasty movement…

Aziz is the darling of the Hollywood Left…He’s very woke…
He’s a dreamy beta male…..(sigh)

I’m just wondering how long before we find out Maher is on the list of journalists paid by GPS Fusion.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

We live in a child-sacrifice culture. Significant mileposts are:
* The sexual revolution
* No-fault divorce
* Abortion
* Same-sex marriage
The common element in all of these things is adults pursuing their own desires at the expense of children.

I highly recommend “A Return to Modesty” by Wendy Shalit.

You know, one would figure that after being exposed for the cult of perversion that is Harveywood, that they’d just sit back and be quite until most people forgot how disgusting they all are.

Nope, not these psycho’s…one of them has pop their heads up everyday and lecture us about what’s right and wrong while hiding their deviants and pedophiles and passing off their profession as “art”.

I bet we all can remember a few.

Like that pretty coed from your college days? You could afford maybe $80 a month in entertainment expenses. She flirted with you just to get taken out for a nice dinner and a movie. And you spent the rest of the month eating ramen noodles.

Potato face Maher has beady eyes.