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Happily Divorced from Bill Maher’s ‘Reality’

posted at 11:07 pm on April 24, 2009 by

“At age 53, Maher has never married.”
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Bill Maher is an adolescent phase that his parents probably hoped he’d grow out of. Instead, he’s made a career of being a smart-alecky eighth-grade know-it-all, and thus the pluperfect embodiment of contemporary Hollywood culture.

Years ago, when he still had his ABC show, Politically Incorrect, I observed that Maher had two pet peeves, Christian morality and feminism. This struck me as not coincidental, as both of these belief systems would tend to interfere with what was transparently the chief object of Maher’s existence: Getting laid.

After I’d moved to Washington, I became acquainted with someone who had frequently been a guest on Maher’s show. When I shared my supposition about the basis of Maher’s political fixations, my friend nodded eagerly and said: “Bill Maher’s idea of a romantic evening is doing coke with hookers at Sky Bar.”

He is a short, unattractive man who evidently supposes that obnoxious arrogance can compensate for his deficiencies. And his physical deficiencies are actually far less a hindrance than his emotional deficiencies, which are extreme.

Maher is the sort of stunted narcissist who cannot conceive that other people have needs, desires and feelings as legitimate as his own. In his puerile mind, there is no room for consideration of anything except What Bill Wants Right Now. To know such creatures — and most of us have, unfortunately, encountered at least one spoiled brat like Maher — is to loathe them. They tend to be unconscionably rude toward “little people” like waiters and store clerks, taking vicious pleasure in bossing around and humiliating people.

Was anyone really surprised when, after Maher’s breakup with former Playboy model Nancy Johnson, she sued him and complained of his “insulting, humiliating and degrading racial comments”? It’s not that he’s a racist; he’s just the sort of sadistic coward who compensates for a want of courage by relentless cruelty toward others, especially women.

Like the rest of his underdeveloped personality — note well his sneering disdain of anything decent or honorable — Maher’s contempt of womankind is part of an elaborate system of psychological defense mechanisms constructed around his molten core of self-loathing. It is a remarkable irony of this type of narcissist that the driving force of Maher’s childish egocentrism is a hatred of himself. Try as he might, he cannot escape the guilty knowledge of his own worthlessness, a knowledge that fuels the negativity he projects onto others, making them scapegoats for his own failings.

It is in this light, then, that we behold Maher’s nyah-nyah tantrum in the Los Angeles Times:

If conservatives don’t want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.
It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who’s going to win “American Idol.” But it wasn’t tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that’s when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

(Via Memeorandum.) Of course, Maher has made no serious effort to investigate the Tea Party movement, any more so than he has ever seriously engaged conservatism as a political philosophy. His politics, like everything else about him, is superficial and selfish. By comparison to Maher, Maureen Dowd is a deep well of profound insight and James Wolcott a 21st-century Pericles.

Maher slams conservatives and Republicans in much the same way, and for much the same reason, that an eighth-grade class clown mocks the teacher behind her back. Living in an entertainment colony populated overwhelmingly by liberal Democrats, he mugs and preens, seeking to elicit approval for his exhibition of disdain for the doltish rubes in Tulsa or Tucson or wherever else those idiotic stereotypical Republicans are presumed to reside.

The basic decency of those people — hard-working, law-abiding, honest, kind, courteous — is no reason for Maher to admire or praise them. Indeed, it is all the more reason to scorn them, for they exemplify virtues Maher utterly lacks. And so he puts them down as ignorant dupes, belittles their religious faith and traditionalism, mocks their bourgeois values and aspirations.

Obama rides high atop the polls now, the Republicans have lost badly in the past two election cycles, and Maher’s arrogant mockery of conservatives is exactly the kind of vaunting strut one expects from him at such a moment.

It may be that he is correct about the futility of any effort toward a conservative resurgence. Yet it may also be that he is wrong. The man is a natural-born loser and, in the long run, you’ll never go wrong betting against a loser like Bill Maher.

UPDATE: The Armoury has this video review of Maher’s Religulous:

At the beginning, you see Maher mocking the Catholic notion of transubstantiation and, at the end, you see an excerpt of Religulous in which Maher interrogates his mother, who married into the Catholic Church. The refutation of transubstantiation is simple enough: When Jesus spoke to the apostles about bread as symbolic of his body and wine as symbolic of his blood, Jesus was still sitting there among them, alive. Obviously, then, the expression was symbolic in meaning and the famous phrase, “This do in remembrance of me,” captures Jesus’ intention of this as a memorial ritual, not as a miraculous feat whereby the bread and wine literally became his flesh and blood.

That Maher would think it a serious critique of Christianity to mock a clearly unbiblical belief like transubstantion tells you a lot about his shallowness. And the fact that he felt the need to bring his mother into it tells you a lot about the childish resentments that motivate him.

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If there wasn’t parties at the playboy mansion, Bill would be spending more money than usual on hookers.

DaveC on April 25, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Try as he might, he cannot escape the guilty knowledge of his own worthlessness, a knowledge that fuels the negativity he projects onto others, making them scapegoats for his own failings.

Really…can she be more on target with any other wording or phrasing? I think not!!!!

scottm on April 25, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Uh, Scott I’m not a she. Common confusion. See: “A Boy Named Stacy.”

The Other McCain on April 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Nail. On. The. Head.

D2Boston on April 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

I’m confused. Are we talking about Bill Maher or Keith Olbermann?

Shep on April 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM

To him, I’m sure, “honor” is a weightless societal construct; polity: a worn out tradition. He is smarter than culture, smarter than history…*sigh*

Maybe some day he will open his eyes to decency.

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Thats right little lefties… (with no insult intended to lefthanded people since I r 1) sleep alittle longer, enjoy the bliss that is the Obama and soak in the rays of his goodness.

Like Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the sneak attack hatchet job that the democrats have been doing has awoken a sleeping giant.

We need to keep it aroused and so far the democrats are helping out nicely.

NTxOkie on April 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Honestly I think the same description can be applied to any shallow celebrity type, but Maher has that special combination of shallowness, elitism, self-loathing, arrogance, and being just dog-ass ugly.

Just the nature of the entertainment business. Actors (and especially comedians, according to my friends who work in television) spend years being rejected for role after role, and as a result develop into insecure head cases who either take that insecurity out on the “little people”, or adopt liberal causes so they can feel as important as the characters they pretend to be. Quite a fascinating phenomenon on a psychological level.

TheMightyMonarch on April 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Maher’s nose is bleeding ’cause he just got tagged (not from coke).

Squarestate on April 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM

It’s good to know that Bill dislikes himself as much as I do.

And maybe he’s just jealous of us conservatives because we don’t have to “pay for it” like he does.

Knucklehead on April 25, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Great read. We should psycho-analyze celebrity/political advocates more.

I can’t watch his show, nor Stewart or Colbert. The cowardice of their egos is too frustrating for me. They want all the influence and power of a politician but they don’t want any of the responsibility that comes with it. And nothing is more infuriating than when their positions are successfully challenged and they revert to some form of “I’m just a comedian”.

hisfrogness on April 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Looks like Bill Maher struck a raw nerve. You may not like his lifestyle (or maybe you secretly do) but his observation about the cry baby conservatives are on point. Sorry but the country has left you rubes behind.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I don’t care for Maher but this post is just childish.

The basic decency of those people — hard-working, law-abiding, honest, kind, courteous

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Are you kidding me? Republicans are just as susceptible to everyday foibles as anyone else. Be honest. The only reason you hate BM is that he is an Atheist.

The basic decency of those people — hard-working, law-abiding, honest, kind, courteous

Dude you can’t say that about Republicans. Thats a fantasy. Republicans are no better on a personal level than any one else. We have our share of “Code Pink” crazy’s. The left has it’s share of “decent hard-working, law-abiding, honest, kind, courteous” people as well. Perhaps we should emphasize what we share in common and avoid such sophomoric, emotional approaches. After all such tactics are hardly worthy of “hard-working, law-abiding, honest, kind, courteous Republicans.” Really! I cant even believe this is a post on HA.

Maher’s contempt of womankind is part of an elaborate system of psychological defense mechanisms constructed around his molten core of self-loathing.

This post is on par with Garofalo. I emphasize, I don’t like Maher but I don’t pretend to possess insight into his psychological make up. This kind of silly, hateful commentary is beneath HA and on par with KOS. Check your head.

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Yes, and when the pussies on the left get their ass handed to them by one of our enemies, then we rubes will return and save America LIKE WE ALWAYS HAVE…

If you honestly think Bill Maher “knows” about conservatives and what we’re all about, you’re either woefully ignorant, deranged, or both.

D2Boston on April 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Sorry but the country has left you rubes behind.

Hey, Rubert,

There’s much more country outside nyc. Why don’t you save that taunt for the next election cycle.

Shep on April 25, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Just b-slapped that mo-fo…

catmman on April 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

It’s hardly a hateful commentary. Quite the contrary, I find the tone rather dispassionate, clinical… as if the writer has been observing this retard from behind the observation glass for quite some time and is wrapping up his diagnosis. The details which may appear to be more prurient in nature are solely those which the subject of the piece has been all to eager to thrust in our face all these years.

Your high horse needs to take a dump… perhaps you should dismount.

D2Boston on April 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The problem with you cons are you are basically cowards, afraid of your own shadows. You see a threat everywhere. Grow a pair and stop being afraid of everything.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

There’s a lot of Keith Olbermann in Maher.

Yeah, that’s a tough mental image but you get the idea.

Same contempt, juvenile jokes, sneer….it’s all there.

SteveMG on April 25, 2009 at 11:27 AM

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Cognitive dissonance, meet robertnyc212…

catmman on April 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

We’re not afraid of anything, especially the Left. The Left, however, is afraid of everything, hence its penchant for whining.

Conservatives can fend for themselves. They don’t need the crutch of an ineffective federal bureaucracy to place everything in their collective bloated lap. Liberals are cowards — always have been, probably always will be… not conservatives. And when we are truly threatened, we’ll crush our adversaries… we always do.

D2Boston on April 25, 2009 at 11:33 AM

robertnyc212

That must be why the Armed Services are filled to the brim with liberals. HAH.

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 11:35 AM

This kind of silly, hateful commentary is beneath HA and on par with KOS.

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

You haven’t spent much time on Kos, have you? This was a thought-out slam on a guy who slams conservatives and all things not him on a daily basis. Kos is the place where they said “screw” the dead American contractors and expressed disappointment that the Taliban failed to kill Cheney.

amerpundit on April 25, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The problem with you cons are you are basically cowards, afraid of your own shadows. You see a threat everywhere. Grow a pair and stop being afraid of everything.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

You’re kidding, right? I heard for the past eight years about how Bush was going to suspend the election, declare martial law, and lock up dissidents. Yet we see a threat everywhere and are afraid of everything?

amerpundit on April 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM

D2Boston on April 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Look the guy did what I find most despicable about lazy thinking folks. He pretends to get inside someones head and then argue against these imagined thoughts thereby constructing a straw man, burns it down and pats himself on the back. Puhleeaze. This is just the kind of idiocy I despise from the left. Look, if you disagree then address the issue. DO NOT invent an internal dialog completely from fanatsy, then destroy it in some weak attempt to boost your own position.

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM

I’m not a violent man, yet for some reason, I feel like it would be a very, very satisfying excercise to land a punch square in that oversized schnoz of his.

Bob Mc on April 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I’m confused. Are we talking about Bill Maher or Keith Olbermann?

Shep on April 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I think they are talking about that DUDE Janene Garafalo.

Q: If the democrats won these elections and control most branches of government, why are they still SO BITTER?

dthorny on April 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM

And Obama is class president of all the 8th graders. It is a vein, popularity contest. The blondes on CNN are the cheerleaders and you can extrapolate from this point on…..

In four years they are need to graduate and get real jobs.

izoneguy on April 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM

We barely beat some dudes fighting in flip-flop sandals in Iraq. You are afraid of any confrontation. How else can you explain a few guys with box cutters taking over an entire plane. You probably cross the street when you see black people.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

ronsfi

His mentality is more well documented than many. He is, what do they call it? Oh yes, a TV personality. Therefore, we understand his personality. If it’s a strawman, that would only be because his principles are as weak as straw.

His womanizing, patronizing, and insulting nature are very, very well documented. It is hardly a leap to see those aspects connect to his worldview.

I am also an atheist, but that doesn’t excuse jack ****. He has no decency.

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM

robertnyc212

You are a lazy thinker. Good day.

“You probably cross the street when you see black people.”

Actually, we don’t really obsess about race, like you apparently do. Who said anything about black people except you?

And trust me man, those “guys in flip flops” are no joke. But you wouldn’t understand…you will never have to consider the real danger of AK slugs and IEDs, since you are likely too cowardly to ever fight, for any reason.

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 11:45 AM

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Dude, I’m telling you right now, you better pump your breaks.

catmman on April 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

I guarantee you that I have been in more physical fights than you. I don’t back down and I don’t go through life afraid of everything like you cons.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:49 AM

We barely beat some dudes fighting in flip-flop sandals in Iraq. You are afraid of any confrontation. How else can you explain a few guys with box cutters taking over an entire plane. You probably cross the street when you see black people.
robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Yes I do. I cross the street to go kick their ass for stealing my kids lunch.

As for barely beating some dudes in sandals, democrat presidents Kennedy and Johnson lost 58,000 brave men to some dudes in sandals and were not willing to fight with both hands, see the parallel? Bush unleased the entire military machine and defeated the 5th largest military in the world in 3 weeks. the last 5 years have been policing the country (see Japan and Germany after WW2 and we are still there) as Iran sent in enemy combatants to fight in civilian clothes as bombs or planting IED’s.

Read some history and put down the Nintendo.

dthorny on April 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Stop! You’re scaring me!!!

bridgetown on April 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

We barely beat some dudes fighting in flip-flop sandals in Iraq. You are afraid of any confrontation. How else can you explain a few guys with box cutters taking over an entire plane. You probably cross the street when you see black people.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Whoa! The contest is tightening. The above is vying for the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

Shep on April 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM

amerpundit on April 25, 2009 at 11:35 AM

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Nah. It’s just a shiddyliddle rant. Maher is a rather unsavory dork but, inventing a warped inner dialog and then countering it is weak. It’s easy to win any argument in which you invent both sides. And to pretend you’re inside his head and he has all these sick thoughts is pathetic. Wrong. Weak. Telling. It say’s more about you then the person you are smearing. It’s dishonest and unworthy and beneath the standard one expects from HA.

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I think she described “Rat Boy” very well.

Star20 on April 25, 2009 at 11:52 AM

We barely beat some dudes fighting in flip-flop sandals in Iraq. You are afraid of any confrontation. How else can you explain a few guys with box cutters taking over an entire plane. You probably cross the street when you see black people.
robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Yes I do. I cross the street to go kick their ass for stealing my kids lunch

dthorny on April 25, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The problem with you cons are you are basically cowards, afraid of your own shadows. You see a threat everywhere. Grow a pair and stop being afraid of everything.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I see getalife has 2 usernames.

Knucklehead on April 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM

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I am not defending BM. I am criticizing the post and poster for being childish.

ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

The problem with you cons are you are basically cowards, afraid of your own shadows. You see a threat everywhere. Grow a pair and stop being afraid of everything.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I see getalife has 2 usernames.

Knucklehead on April 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM

And ONE friend, himself.

dthorny on April 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Anytime I hear some putz speak against the tea parties I laugh and think to myself…. well at least the cities that hosted them are still not trying to clear away the burnt cars …broken glass …. and trash. To put it simply we had somewhere between 250,000 and 750,000 people in the streets taking part in a nation wide protest and not a single city burned …odd that don’t you think…. on the other hand when you get a sizable number of obama’s base or the un bathed bunch together in groups larger than the smarter ones in the group can count on one hand its better than even money nothing good will come of it. And I understand that for the most part we left the sites cleaner than we found them. For those of you who have difficulty with tea parties just consider them a community clean up program

Aggie95 on April 25, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Dam. That’s cold.

I like it. 😉

watson007 on April 25, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Sorry but the country has left you rubes behind.
robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This post is on par with Garofalo. . . . This kind of silly, hateful commentary is beneath HA and on par with KOS.
ronsfi on April 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Astroturf much?

The Other McCain on April 25, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I guarantee you that I have been in more physical fights than you. I don’t back down and I don’t go through life afraid of everything like you cons.

robertnyc212 on April 25, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Oh my, another badass fourteen year old with a basement and a computer.

chewydog on April 25, 2009 at 12:19 PM

ronsfi

Fair enough. I disagree, but fair enough. Have a nice day, and I mean it. It’s too beautiful of a day to let the negativity of disagreements and trolls get to us.

🙂

Dr. Manhattan on April 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM


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