Maher has cheered on Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and his message to the platform is, “You do need a new sheriff.”
On Friday’s show, the comedian — just like everyone else — was talking about Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter.
During the panel discussion, he said that Twitter has failed in being the arbiter of what can and cannot be said because the platform has censored real news and flagged comedy. He cited the censoring of the New York Post and reporting on Hunter Biden’s Laptop From Hell as well as any discussion about the Lab Leak theory which even the Biden-Harris admin admits may have been the origin of SARS-CoV-2.
Maher said, “Has Twitter failed in setting itself up in the past as the judge of what can go out there? And I would say yes, you have.” He continued, “You failed when you threw the New York Post off of Twitter for talking about Hunter Biden’s emails. And it turned out that was a real story. You failed when you said we couldn’t read about whether COVID had come from a lab. You failed!”
He then highlighted how absurd it was that Twitter put a “sensitive content” label on a satire video from the Babylon Bee that mocked the oversensitivity of Twitter employees freaking out that Elon Musk will be their new boss.
The Bee’s Editor-in-Chief, Kyle Mann had posted a screenshot of the “sensitive content” warning label on the video on Thursday.
Our video mocking Twitter employees for being too sensitive was flagged by Twitter for sensitive content ?? pic.twitter.com/Tni9mUCJ4R
— Kyle Mann (@The_Kyle_Mann) April 28, 2022
Maher said that he was unfamiliar with what the Babylon Bee was and called it the Christian version of The Onion. The panelists then took shots at the right in general with MSNBC host Ali Velshi sneeringly replying, “Because everyone needs that.”
You might remember Velshi from his absolutely ridiculous partisan coverage in the very early days of the George Floyd riots. He was standing in front of a burning building while insisting that it was “not generally speaking, unruly.”
Maher pushed back on Velshi’s smug response about The Bee and said, “But some people do. They’re not all you and me, okay?”
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) tried to pipe in with a belated response to what The Bee is by saying “I thought [Christian satire] was Fox News.”
Maher, who has consistently mocked Christianity throughout his career, said that he thought that the religion itself is satire but continued on to chide Velshi, “But I’m not everybody. Have a little humility.”
He then went on to talk about how absurd it was that Twitter flagged the video.
“‘Sensitive content,’ Twitter said. In the video, they were making fun of Twitter for being too sensitive. This is so ‘Through the Looking Glass’!” Maher said.
He then describes the video and says, “This is well within what satire has always been. And the fact that they flagged this for being insensitive shows their complete lack of self-awareness about what their own problem is. If that’s where the line is, you have failed Twitter. You do need a new sheriff.”
Babylon Bee editor Joel Berry posted the clip on Twitter.
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) April 30, 2022
CEO of The Bee, Seth Dillon shared it as well and said that he thought it was great that Maher mocked them right before defending them because “Free speech means no one should be exempt from mockery.”
I love that he mocked us right before he defended us. And I mean that sincerely. Free speech means no one should be exempt from mockery. @billmaher gets that, which is why he's an outlier on the ultra-sensitive Left. https://t.co/MOCU4ofJpO
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) April 30, 2022
Here is The Bee’s satire video that got the “sensitive content” warning label.
Maher continued on and blasted the censorious Left including former President Obama for putting his faith in Gen Z who are much more easily triggered — in large part thanks to pervasive indoctrination in public schools.
Maher bashed Twitter for becoming a “left-wing place” and how media organizations have become “silos” for people who want a narrow their news to match their politics, hoping the platform can become the “town square” Musk says it should be.
“Twitter could be a place where you might see an opinion that you didn’t formally consider, and we need that desperately in America,” Maher said.
The HBO star took a swipe at former President Barack Obama, who recently launched a campaign against disinformation and claimed it’s going to be Gen Z “that figures this out.”
“I hope not. Because they are worse,” Maher said. “I’d much rather have Elon Musk making the rules that a 23-year-old who can’t take the joke on Babylon Beeswax, or whatever the f— that is. I mean, this is a generation that doesn’t know what the word ‘violence’ means. They think ‘violence’ means ‘anything I don’t like.’ Their standard of free speech is ‘I’m uncomfortable.’ That’s not where the standard is, right?”
Maher blasted the education system for failing to teach “civics” to young people.
“Civics doesn’t exist anymore. They don’t know … ‘Free speech? What the f— does that mean? It hurt my feelings.’ That’s what matters to them. That’s what I worry about. I mean, I hear it all the time,” the comedian said.
Source: Fox News
While Maher is pretty awful in some ways, he is one of the few comedians that recognizes that both sides of the aisle are worthy of mockery.
In his monologue, he actually made fun of Hunter Biden.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) April 30, 2022
We need more of this. If Hunter Biden was the son of a Republican President, he’d be mocked relentlessly on Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch every week. So would Joe Biden for that matter. He can’t even speak properly anymore. The Washington Post even published an op-ed in March 2021 that comedians were “struggling to parody Joe Biden.” They weren’t struggling — they were refusing to parody Joe Biden. That’s a very big difference.
Bill Maher making fun of Hunter and blasting Twitter is good for both the right and the left that has strayed very far from its dogged advocacy of free speech.
Since the Left won’t ever listen to those of us on the “wrong” side of the political spectrum, Maher blasting them for Twitter censorship, calling out Obama’s misplaced trust, and mocking Hunter Biden is all very, very good.