Seems like, everywhere you look, comedians are apologizing for offensive jokes about the day’s news.
Not Bill Maher.
“You’re not going to find me apologizing,” Maher told POLITICO. “I have been doing this for so long and, having gone through so many tribulations, including the firing, I’m inoculated. I’ve been through this. You cannot scare me anymore. I’m playing with the house money, and I’m not going to apologize.”
The host of HBO”s “Real Time,” which returns from its summer hiatus tonight, has found himself, his comedy and his opinions in the spotlight more than ever before, thanks, in part, to having inserted himself into the political process in a major way. In February, Maher contributed $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supportive of President Barack Obama’s reelection. As a result, he’s been billed as a campaign operative of sorts, and, accordingly, the White House has even had to field questions about Maher and the appropriateness of some of his remarks.
Deterred? Hardly. Maher’s putting his foot on the gas pedal.
About Obama, he told POLITICO: “In many ways — especially for progressives — [Obama] is too white for them. He plays golf, he’s too cozy with bankers. But when it comes to knowing how to fight, he’s black” — referring to the tough campaign Obama is running against the Republicans.
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