I’ve sent an angry note to Bill Maher before. He’s crossed my lines far too often. Too many people use this term “identity politics” to refer to being able to use vicious language that tacitly attacks a group of people without consequence. This latest move led me to finally tell the Tivo ® to stop recording Real Time. It was the last straw.
But I feel similarly to you. Half of what comes of his mouth is brilliant social commentary. Commentary that will make you laugh hard. His support for Obama was unwavering. But he looked into the camera and said, “Fuck you,” to me, specifically, too, a month or so ago. I tolerated that. Why? For all the reasons you so elegantly wrote. I mean I really felt your essay on a viseral level. Ugh, what a frustrating man.