Bill Maher frequently hosts leftist guests on his show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and on occasion, they eat each other. About eight years ago, Ben Affleck was accusing author and podcaster Sam Harris and Maher of “racism” because they criticized the bad faith trope that any criticism of any Muslim is “Islamophobia.” Affleck became indignant. He defended Islam when Islam wasn’t even been attacked. Harris said:
We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. It’s intellectually ridiculous.
Affleck turned his acting meter up to 10 and insisted that that comment was “racist.” Pro tip: Islam isn’t a race. Affleck leaned in and said:
Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam? It’s gross and racist. It’s like saying, “Oh, you shifty Jew!’ Your argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other.'”
If you are squinting at your screen and wondering what that means or how that makes even a modicum of sense, you are not alone. Leftist celebrities tend to make silly comments in coded words that only the left seems to understand. It is often like a dog whistle – only they can comprehend the meaning. They also conflate and project, making themselves look even dumber as they try to escape the most probing question of all:
Now, Maher has a podcast where he sits with celebrities, drinks bourbon, and chats. A recent guest was John Mellencamp. I was a mild fan of Mellencamp, formerly known as John Cougar, presently known as washed-up rocker John Mellencamp. I didn’t buy his music, but I didn’t turn the station either.
Mellencamp isn’t “rocking” now – he’s just off his rocker. Maybe he spends his days having books by Ibram X Kendi or Robin DeAngelo read to him, but he’s as detached from reality as Rosie O’Donnell and her 9/11 conspiracies. Mellencamp appeared on Bill Maher’s podcast “Club Random Clubhouse” this week and had some… interesting takes – principally claiming that blacks in America are in no better position than if they were field slaves in 1850 Mississippi. Well, not all, just 98 percent. Well, maybe 10 percent aren’t being whipped and working in cotton fields for 16 hours a day for free, but the rest are slaves. Here is part of the exchange:
Mellencamp: I wrote a song that I never recorded because I thought it was wrong but it was called from the f*cking cotton fields to the playing fields. My point is that yes so what. Us as white people love to have black people entertain us.
Maher: I would say that the playing fields are a lot better than the cotton fields. That’s what I would say about that. Maybe I’m crazy, John, but it seems like making no money as a slave picking cotton, it was not as good as playing left field for the Yankees. I’m sure there were reasons why Dave Winfield has some beef against Steinbrenner.
Mellencamp: No doubt there is one percent or two percent of black people in America who have a better life.
Maher: Oh, stop. That’s what you think? One percent or two percent?
Mellencamp: Okay let’s say 10 percent. I’m just pulling the number out of my ass.
Maher: It is, that’s where it belongs.
Mellencamp also added more nutbag takes like:
“My logic tells me Jesus didn’t exist.”
Maher and Mellencamp also got into a gentle argument about who is taller, Maher at 5’8″ or Mellencamp (also at 5’8″). Pro tip: the only way Mellencamp is 5’8″ is if he includes his ample coif of hair.
There are plenty of people who will insist, notwithstanding data and empirical evidence, that black Americans are living in a system of racism and that blacks in America are “systemically” treated as second-class. Data doesn’t support that claim, and in 2009, America inaugurated Barack Obama as president. Blacks were even allowed to vote, John. But Mellencamp takes that nonsense to a different level, insisting, reluctantly, that only 10 percent of black Americans aren’t living in defacto slavery.
A wise sage once said:
But let me tell you something, folks: You can’t fix stupid. There’s not a pill you can take, there is not a class you can go to – stupid is forever.
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