Last night time on Real Time with Bill Maher, which returned to the air after a month’s break, the HBO host claimed that the Toyko Summer Olympic Games have outdone the Oscars in relation to cancel tradition. “Please don’t make the Olympics into the Oscars,” Bill Maher begged throughout his New Rules section of the present.
Back in April, Maher had stated the theme of the 2021 Oscars was, “We dare you to be entertained,” he reminded his viewers. The producers of the Hollywood occasion, he complained, left no stone unturned when it got here to injustices and human error.
Maher feels the International Olympic Committee have pressed even tougher than Hollywood. He then referenced numerous cases the place the “woke” committee punished officers and inventive staffers over decades-old habits. The opening ceremony’s musical director, for instance, was fired over a 1994 interview during which he admitted to bullying fellow college students in class when he was a child. “Remember when your teacher used to try to scare you, they’d say, ‘You know, this is going to go down on your permanent record,’” he stated. “No longer an empty threat now.”
He additionally ridiculed media protection of browsing changing into an Olympic sport in Tokyo. The Associated Press — not precisely some lefty activist outlet — wrote that having browsing within the Games exacerbates cultural appropriation and “racial indignities.” That’s as a result of non-Hawaiians have popularized and mainstreamed a sport with deep religious and communal which means for its authentic members. The article’s headline described the competitors as a “whitewashed” occasion.
While jokes nonetheless flowed and the early moments of the section appeared fluid sufficient, Maher’s tone was pointed and his factors extra urgently made than in most weeks. (It might have been the host’s new glasses, which he broke out on the opening minutes of the present, calling them a everlasting new accent. In one thing of a teaser for the “New Rules” section, he quipped, “They have progressive lenses. When I put them on, all I see is white privilege.”)
“This is called a purge,” Maher stated of the local weather within the U.S. and more and more elsewhere. “It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before people who say cancel culture is overblown have to admit that it is, in fact, an insanity that is swallowing up the world.”
As to prices that his stance means he has moved farther to the political proper (a spot on the spectrum given to reflexively denouncing cancel tradition), Maher stated, “My politics have not changed, but I am reacting to politics that have.”
The information popping out of the Olympics, he continued, “yet another example of how the woke invert the very thing that used to make liberals liberals. ‘Snitches and bitches’: That’s not being liberal.”
Maher admitted that “most of human history is a horror story,” however stated the notion of maintaining cultures and communities in silos interferes with one of many important positives in life. “The good parts are groups coming together and sharing. It’s sort of the whole point of the Olympics,” he jabbed.
Even the Olympic Games idea itself, he identified, was tailored from the Greeks. He rattled off sports activities and their locations of origin, together with badminton in India, tennis in France taekwondo in Korea. “What is this new rule that the first to do something are the only ones who get to have it?!” he puzzled.
He closed with a condemnation of the hypervigilance about cultural appropriation, although he stated there are respectable instances of it. “Stealing natural resources from indigenous people — yes, of course, that’s exploitation,” he stated.
At the identical time, he insisted, “Not everything is about oppression.”
Cultural trade can work in different instructions, too, he maintained. Okay-pop bands like BTS grew to become common within the U.S. by making pop music that’s catchy to Western ears, not by enjoying conventional Korean songs within the type of their ancestors.
“We live in a world where straight actors are told they can’t play gay roles and a white novelists aren’t allowed to imagine what it’s like to be a Mexican immigrant,” Maher stated. “Even though trying to inhabit the life of someone else is almost the definition of empathy, the bedrock of liberalism.”
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