I know I am late to the party but at least I’m here. The party I am talking about is the party discussing whether or not President Obama should make his Super Pac, the organization with whom he cannot coordinate with, return Bill Maher’s one million dollar donation. Many people claim Bill Maher is misogynistic and just a nasty person in general. Those same people also claim Bill Maher’s jokes about Sarah Palin are just reprehensible as the remarks made right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. What those people who claim this fail to recognize is the difference between the two commentators statements. Rush’s comments a few weeks ago not only denigrated Sandra Fluke but also all women who seek coverage for contraception medication. Bill’s comments , while unnecessary, were directed at several individuals and not all women as a vast group.
Many of the people claiming Bill Maher is a vile misogynist must not know the definition of the words misogyny or misogynist. Dictionary.com defines misogyny as the general hatred, dislike, or mistrust of womankind and also defines a misogynist as a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats womankind. Now, if we go by those definitions just about every teenage boy is a misogynist. But dictionary’s, no matter how useful, lack a grip on real life. So while the dictionary says mistreatment of women is misogynistic, we have to look within ourselves to see what falls under mistreatment. While you can verbally mistreat some one I personally don’t believe the words expressed by Maher were mistreatment. At the most one might consider Maher’s statements were a little over the top, if that person were sane.
Also, one must look at the forums in which the commentators statements were made. Rush’s statements were made on his politically charged radio that used to average twenty-three listeners daily. Whereas Bill’s statements were made in his stand up comedy act which probably had some where between several thousand to tens of thousands per show which still doesn’t equate to the three day long tirade of Rush Limbaugh. While Bill has made statements on his politically charged HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” he still hasn’t made harsh statements against all of womankind. And Bill Mahers primary career is also to make people laugh, he is a comedian first and foremast and has always been a comedian first. Let’s not forget that the right wing puts Rush Limbaugh on a pedestal while the left only acknowledges Bill Maher as a political funny man.
Even if you still don’t believe Bill Maher isn’t a misogynist think about one of his closest friends, conservative author Ann Coulter. What would a misogynist be doing with such a strong willed and extremely opinionated woman such as Ann Coulter if that person supposedly hates women. Bill Maher will also be the first to tell you he is a potty mouth but he will also defend himself from any claims of being a misogynist. Many times he has said that he doesn’t have a problem with Sarah Palin for being a conservative or being a woman, he has problem with Sarah Palin, these are his words not mine, a dangerous nincompoop. So before anybody else goes delving into the realm of Bill Maher being a misogynist just remember the facts.