BILL MAHER: New rule. Don't make me go back to my old title. Anybody here remember the 90s? The 90s, people? It was a crazy time and I had a show called Politically Incorrect, because back then political correctness had gotten so out of hand. I mean, blacks became African-Americans, Mexicans became Latinos and Indians became casino owners. Broken homes became dysfunctional families. Bums became the homeless. Crazy people became FOX News reporters.
It was a tough time for comics. One young comedian even got into big trouble for saying the word chink. (Guest Sarah Silverman).
Now I bring this up in 2014 because, unfortunately, political correctness is making a comeback, and now with the internet, it is easier than ever. In the 90s, you had to at least get off your ass to be in a fake mood of hurt feelings. You needed signs, you needed petitions, you had to feed Al Sharpton. Back then, getting worked up over nothing was a lot of work. And now it seems like all the internet exists to do is point to the latest person who said the wrong thing so the rest of us can feel morally superior. And that's not what the internet is for; that's what college is for.
Social media is all about gotcha of a homophobic business man, or a sexist cartoonist, or a college president who fat-shames his dog by naming it Waddles.
Last week, when the first gay football player got chosen in the NFL Draft, a player named Don Jones tweeted, 'OMG. Horrible.' As is his right, under the asshole clause in the constitution. But the Dolphins fined him and threw him off the team until he underwent sensitivity training, which is when then calmly sit you down and then pin your eyes open like in A Clockwork Orange and make you watch the Bravo channel for 24 hours straight. I mean 24 hours gay.
I mean, when you hear the Duck Dynasty guy going off on homosexuality, like he did again this week, why even listen? What do you think he was going to say, the Tonys are nothing without Neil Patrick Harris? Folks, we had a televised celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL Draft. The culture war is over, and we won!
I predict in 5 years, the NFL will be completely gay. Which is why it was so unnecessary for so many to type 'what a jerk Don Jones is.' Take that Freedom Riders and abolitionists, I'm the real hero, I'm hitting send!
Oh, give this kid a minute to get enlightened. He's 24. Think how stupid you were when you were 24. Okay, now add football.
A few weeks ago, the CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign because it was revealed in 2008, he supported Prop 8, California's ban on gay marriage. A bad law, yes, but 52% of Californians voted for it. Did they have to resign? Obama was against gay marriage in 2008, does he have to resign? Hillary came around just last year, can she be president?
You can't purge everybody who doesn't evolve exactly on the timetable you did. It reminds me of the immigrant whose been in America for all of a year and looks at someone who came over last week, like, 'boat people, am I right?'
Or take the case of the Benham brothers. They had a home rehab show scheduled on HDTV, but it got canned after websites got quotes of them saying, get this, that gays are possessed by demons. Yes, these two nitwits actually told Glenn Beck that Satan uses gay people to promote a demonic agenda to silence the message of Jesus. I disagree with that. I do. That opinion is different from mine on virtually every assertion in that sentence.
But if you're a Christian, you may condemn their homophobia but they got it out of the same dumb book that you also revere. So there is a little bit of a mixed message going on. So maybe it would have worked better not to hound them from their home improvement show and then just let them try to find an interior decorator who will work with them. (HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, May 23, 2014)