Bill Maher ain’t shy, and to know his humor is not necessarily to love it. Beware to those at the lashing end of his comedic whip, which is equal parts harsh, funny, and all-too-often true. Maher is famous (or shall we say infamous) for the raw opinions he vents weekly on his HBO series, Real Time With Bill Maher, of note was his recent grilling of Director, Roman Polanski.
Unlike many stars in Hollywood who have rallied and petitioned in support of Roman Polanski, few outspoken celebrities have taken an outward stance against him. Maher is decidely and quite publically against Polanski who is currently holed up in Switzerland whilst his fate looms ahead.
“I don’t understand why Hollywood defends somebody like that… Why people I respect, like Martin Scorsese and Harvey Weinstein and Whoopi Goldberg . . . How can these people not see something so black and white? You cannot give a 13-year-old girl drugs and [bleep] her in the [bleep] . . .” Delicately put.
No one is arguing that Polanski isn’t a gifted filmmaker, a visionary, a true talent within his field, BUT COME ON! To stand in support of him in this case is essentially standing in support of, well, as Chris Rock put it to Jay Leno, “Rape. It’s rape! Rape is No. 2. It’s murder, then rape…” He also pointed out to Leno, “”…we want to capture Osama Bin Laden, and murder him. We don’t want to rape him – that would be barbaric.” Ummm, yeah.
Why it’s taking A-list jokesters such as Maher and Rock to bring the rest of Tinseltown up to moral par reflects the sad fact that Hollywood’s moral standard is sometimes completely wiggity-whack.
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