Saturday, January 19, 2008
BTW, fuck you Bill Maher
Political comedian Bill Maher has been inconvenienced twice by free-speech hecklers who are clever enough to use the live TV airwaves (airwaves which indeed belong to all of us as Americans), to try to make a point, and he doesn't like it.
His is a strange reaction for a man who spends his public life defending Constitutional freedoms and condemning the Bush administration. Free speech is okay as long is it doesn't offend him.
In a nod to Maher's own political construct, here's a "new rule."
New rule. Just because you have a TV show doesn't mean you, and your celebrity guests, are the only ones entitled to an opinion. And if you're daring enough to have a live TV show, don't be surprised when someone says something you don't expect. For example, on Jay Leno's show, you used the word "bullshit" twice, in disregard for FCC rules. That was supposed to be funny and brilliant, right? The folks in the audience were only to try some forum to let the American public know that NBC was denying a legitimate candidate (who's been a guest on your show), the right to speak, and the public the right to know. So when someone interrupts your "clever" planned comments with a spontaneous protest, maybe invite them onstage instead of calling them assholes.
Thanks to Michael Gill.