Maher: Cancel Culture Is a ‘Mentality That Belongs in Stalin’s Russia’
'An insanity that is swallowing up the world'
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher responded to the recent firings of Olympic officials over their actions and statements, calling it a "purge."
Maher said that such a mentality "belongs in Stalin’s Russia.”
“This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia."
"How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is, in fact, an insanity that is swallowing up the world?" he asked.
"And that is not a conservative position, my friends. My politics have not changed," he added.
How bad does this atmosphere we're living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world? #WokeOlympics pic.twitter.com/P9rJNs6nrs— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 31, 2021
"But I am reacting to politics that have, and this is yet another example of how the woke invert the very thing that used to make liberals."
"Snitches and bitches, that’s not being liberal.”
He later added:
“This new idea that each culture must remain in its own separate silo is not better, and it’s not progress."
"And in fact, it’s messing with one of the few ideas that still really does make this melting pot called America great."
"And that’s the great thing about cultural mixing; it makes things better for everyone."
"BTS can be a hit in America, and I can get kimchi on a taco, isn’t that better than everyone walling itself off from outsiders?"
"I thought walls were supposed to be bad. But we’re living now in a world where straight actors are told they can’t play gay roles and white novelists aren’t allowed to imagine what it would be like to be a Mexican immigrant, even though trying to inhabit the life of someone else is almost the very definition of empathy, the bedrock of liberalism.”
Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer, working on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, resigned Monday after coming under fire for bullying classmates during his childhood.
“I sincerely accept the opinions and advice I have received, express my gratitude, and will keep them in mind for my future actions and thoughts,” the 52-year-old said on social media.
“I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”