Are All These Bills The Same?

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I like Bill Maher, but in recent years the more he’s opened his mouth the less enthused I have become about him and what he has to say. Although Karrine Steffans’ word is about as reliable as a training bra on Tionna Smalls, I do remember her saying that one issue she had with Bill while dating him is that he treated her as if she were “less than.”

As she explained to VIBE: “Bill wants someone he can put down in an argument, tell you how ghetto you are, how big your butt is, and that you’re an idiot. That’s why you never see him with a white girl or an intellectual. I might as well have been a Muslim woman with my head wrapped, walking 10 paces behind my man. [But] I couldn’t be ‘Bill Maher’s girlfriend’ anymore – not when I’m Karrine Steffans….best-selling author.'”

Karrine’s modesty aside, her point about Bill being a pedant rings true. In his defense, he’s a bit of a jackass towards all guests he vehemently disagrees with both black and white. However, the way he talks about black people suggests a certain attitude he has about us.

Like this Obama joke.

I don’t want to brand the man a racist. I don’t think he hates black people, but I do wonder why he holds on to certain archaic views about black people so near and dear to his heart. And apparently his penis.

In many ways that makes him no better than the likes of Rush Limbaugh. That obese, loud mouth version of the Skipper makes his views about black people clear. Bill Maher not as much, which is why I’m sometimes irritated by those perceived as “white liberals” — particularly those white comics who get a little too comfortable.

They share similarly stupid views about colored folk under the guise of a joke. I’d rather you just tell me you don’t think I’m shit up front. The punchline is superfluous.

Even if you don’t want to dissect Maher’s purported views about blacks as I perceive them, hopefully you can at least agree on the following: The joke he told wasn’t even funny.

Barack Obama is a black man who lived in Kansas, Hawaii, and Indonesia and is Ivy League educated. Does that sound like a man resting a steel piece near his other piece?

I’ve laughed at plenty racially insensitive jokes. This is just lazy. Not to mention it’s corny and trite. You would thinkĀ  a man who’s been telling jokes for decades would have something new in his arsenal. The same can be said about black comics who try to rework Richard Pyror jokes from yesterdecade into their bit only they’re a lot less funny. But most of those comics don’t reach Bill Maher’s level, nor are they ever afforded the same passes given to the likes of Maher and others.

I’m well aware that in one week’s time this one little joke will be old news by the next episode. That is, if it’s not already considered old news. Yet, given Maher’s track record he’ll likely tell a similar joke sooner rather than later.

Eventually, when is someone going to dare to say out loud, “Why can you get away with saying these things but not Bill O’Reilly?”

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