MONDAY, APRIL 06, 2015|
Posted by: Don Saas
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Bill Maher can be a pretty funny guy. You don't get to host a major comedy news program on HBO without knowing your way around a punchline... well, except for that weird period where they let Dennis Miller have his own show. We still aren't really sure what was happening there.
That said, Bill Maher can also be a misogynistic, racist dick. I'm an atheist, but Maher is one of those atheists that makes other atheists seem like they're all fedora-wearing MRA assholes. And while we here at Baeble are all about comedy that pushes the boundaries of what's comfortable and what can be said in polite society, there's a difference between punching up at the people in power who deserve to be mocked and punching down at people in society who get beat up already without you making cheap, lazy jokes at their expense.
On the most recent episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher made a dual-quip about Zayn Malik leaving boy band powerhouse One Direction. That seems okay so far. Did he joke about the insane reactions of the band's fans to the news that Zayn left? No. Did he make humorous allusions to comically inappropriate individuals to replace Zayn in the band? No. Did he talk about how irrelevant One Direction will be in five years so who gives a shit that one of its members realized he was too f*cking old to be in a boy band anymore if he wants any hope of having a music career after they break up? No.
Instead, Maher pulled up a picture of Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- before you ask, no, I did not spell his first name right on my first try -- and made a lazy quip about the two looking alike. That joke might have been funny if Zayn Malik and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev actually bore any physical resemblance to one another whatsoever besides having light brown skin and full heads of wavy, black hair. But, they don't look alike in the slightest. And Bill Maher was going for the easy "hur hur... these people that aren't white all look alike joke." Always keeping it classy.
So, hey, Bill, shit like this is why John Oliver's show is twice the program Real Time ever was, and if we're being honest, most of us are wondering how you haven't been canceled yet. Good luck getting Religulous 2 greenlit. We're really pulling for you. But, also, maybe One Direction has something to say on this side of Bill Maher we just can't seem to shake...