Bill Maher criticized the "PC police" for equating calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus" to vilifying a culture. On the Friday edition of 'Real Time' on HBO, Maher said some people rather die than call the virus by the wrong name.
MAHER: Seriously, it scares me that there are people out there who would rather die from the virus than call it by the wrong name. This isn't about vilifying a culture. This is about facts. This is about life and death. We're barely four months into this pandemic and the wet markets, the ones where exotic animals are sold and consumed, are already starting to reopen.
The PC police say it is racist to attack any cultural practice that's different than our own. I say liberalism lost its way when it started thinking like that and pretended that forcing a woman to wear [a burka] was just a different way instead of an abhorrent human rights violation.
It's not racist to point out that eating bats is batshit crazy! ...
So when someone says, "What if people hear 'Chinese virus' and blame China?"
The answer is we should blame China, not Chinese-Americans. But we can't stop telling the truth because racists get the wrong idea. There are always going to be idiots out there who want to indulge their prejudices, but this is an emergency! Don't we have bigger tainted fish to fry? Jesus, if the sun was exploding, Twitter would pile on the first guy who called it a dwarf star.
Sorry, Americans, we're going to have to ask you to keep two ideas in your head at the same time. This has nothing to do with Asian-Americans and it has everything to do with China. We can't afford the luxury anymore of non-judginess towards a country with habits that kill millions of people everywhere...
If they were selling nuclear suitcases at these wet markets, would we be so non-judgmental? Isn't this pretty close to what they are selling? And the next one could be even worse. If the Chinese military have purposefully infected this country with Corona as a bioweapon we'd be at war with them. We're always griping about how China manipulates their currency. Well, I'm no monetary expert but I think you would agree this one hurt our economy a little more than the currency manipulation.