On Maher

Seriously though, fuck that guy.
I’m not a big fan of the witch-hunty thing that we seem to love to do (somebody says something that we don’t like and we pounce), but in this instance I’m pretty cool with him getting as much flack from the people as they feel like doling out. One, because this is not the first time he’s spewed some hateful, racist garbage, but also…his apology really bugged me. It just felt like such a cop out. Yeah, he admitted he shouldn’t have said that, but he basically just passed it off as a simple slip of the tongue. There was no acknowledgement of any flaw in him personally. His beliefs are fine! Right, even. He just said something dumb, he shouldn’t have, he’s sorry. End of story.
Look, we all say things sometimes that we don’t mean and that we regret. That’s true, but it’s also not the point. The issue is the mindset and the beliefs that would lead to that particular “slip up” in the first place, the social environment that shapes that kind of joke, and the type of person who would tell it. The fact that that particular epithet was on the tip of his tongue, ready for use in some pithy dialogue, says more about him than any half-assed, career-saving apology ever could.
And HBO, get rid of the guy. We’ve got enough people spewing hateful garbage out there.
Alrighty folks, that’s gonna do it for today. Be kind to each other, eat good food, do nice things, and don’t use hate speech. Cool? Cool.


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