Early in the week Kathy Griffin thought it would be humorous to be showcased in a photo shoot raising the severed head of Donald Trump.
Later in the week.. Bill Maher uttered the N word during his HBO REAL TIME live broadcast..
This morning, Bill Maher is facing widespread calls that he should be fired for his joke!
Maher was talking to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) about the senator’s book, “The Vanishing American Adult,” which explores why today’s young people are unable to survive in a competitive global economy. The conversation drifted to Halloween and how dressing up is no longer just a children’s tradition. Sasse said adults don’t do that quite as much in his state because it’s frowned upon. In response, Maher said he should visit Nebraska more.
“We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” Sasse said.
“Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n—–,” Maher said, raising both of his hands up. “No it’s — it’s a joke.”
At this time, there has not been a public response from Bill Maher. It will undoubtedly come.
But we did have a response from Griffin, who late in the week blamed Donald Trump and family for attempting to take her career down.
At this time, people including Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter who writes for the right-wing site Rebel Media, have called for Maher to be fired. #FireBillMaher is circulating on Twitter.
The rest.. rest.. the rest may be history.
This has been an awful year for fake outrage over things that don’t matter. Like when the Late Show host Colbert had a nasty joke about Trump.. Or when people wanted Sean Hannity fired for being political opposed to them.. or when Steve Martin had to say sorry for calling Carrie Fisher beautiful shortly after she passed away.
This is tiring.. This is getting to be a drag on freedom of speech. And unfortunately, as the whole mess of 2017 continues, this nonsensical tripe will most likely keep occurring.
Should Kathy Griffin say sorry? Sure if she wants to. Same for Bill Maher. But should they be fired? ….I suppose the private companies who employ them can only decide after reading the tea leaves.. But my God.. my God.. jokes are over. In the new age, everyone can take offense at what they choose..demand repercussions for their agony.. and then at the end of the day still demand the termination of whatever person said something to offend them.
Conservative.. Red states.
Blue state liberals.. All the same.
In the end, the middle of the roaders–all of us–have been forced into a giant mess of madness.
Welcome to the modern age. Pop culture may have to slice and dice the MIC in favor of the duct tape. Over the mouth. Not a word to be uttered in the 21st century breakdown.