Bill Maher Makes Daring Call For “Pushback” Against This Toxic Culture

(Right Country) – One of the many things that has always made our country so great is the fact that no matter who you are, where you come from, which religion you follow or what you believe in, there’s room for you.

That is, if you’re willing to agree with the basic tenents of a free society such as ours.

The first and foremost, of course, is free speech.

Free speech has been under constant attack by a mainstream culture that bows to the whims of toxic cancel culture, and even many of the left have had enough of it.

HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher, a decided leftist, called for a “pushback” against “cancel culture” on Friday’s show.

Breitbart reports that Maher was hosting a panel discussion with Bari Weiss, former editor for the New York Times and Thomas Chatterton Williams, a Harper’s Magazine columnist.

The two discussed an open letter in which they and many other (mostly liberal) figures such as author J.K. Rowling and feminist Gloria Steinem recently put their name to which had warned that “free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted.”

“As a guy who did a show called Politically Incorrect and another called Real Time, thank you, because we need a pushback on cancel culture,” Maher said.

“What strikes me about it is the pushback is coming from liberals and almost everyone who signs this letter … is a liberal!” he continued. “Bari, the fact that you — they call you a centrist or right-winger! I mean, if a hip, millennial, Jewish bisexual girl living in San Francisco is not a liberal … who is these days?”

Weiss resigned from the Times last month citing what she said was an intolerant culture towards free expression.

“Criticism is great. What cancel culture is about is not criticism. It is about punishment. It is about making a person radioactive. It is about taking away their job,” Weiss explained.

“It’s not just about punishing the sinner, it’s not just about punishing the person for being insufficiently pure. It’s about this sort of secondary boycott of people who would deign to speak to that person or appear on a platform with that person. And we see just very obviously where that kind of politics gets us. If conversation with people that we disagree with becomes impossible, what is the way that we solve conflict?… It’s violence,” she added.

Weiss also pointed to Trader Joe’s, who, in stark contrast to many mega-brands who have bowed to the pressure of cancel culture, declined to change their branding following an online petition deriding them as racist.

“You’re right. That’s what we need more of,” Maher said. “Being able to speak freely is the lifeblood not only of democracy, of really just our way of life.”

Hear, hear!

11 COMMENTS

  1. So, now that the cancel culture is hitting those on the left, it has become a problem. I am glad that Bill Maher and Bari Weiss are speaking out against cancel culture. Hopefully, now we can all cancel “cancel culture” for good.

    • Ginger, you are right-now that the Libs are being called out, cancel culture isn’t fair. Now we need more to speak out against this scourge.

  2. suggest you read WSJ commentary as below:
    The Captive Mind and America’s Resegregation. Idol smashing and cancel culture are part of a broad ideological project to dominate society. By Andrew A. Michta July 31, 2020 3:01 pm ET

  3. I have stopped watching Maher because of his bullying one way interviews . He packs his audience with cheerleaders that have his leftist agenda. If buy chance he has someone on that has conservative view of the real world, they are ganged up on by him an the rest of his leftist panel. He uses the term living in a bubble, it’s him an his leftist army that lives in his so called bubble. Maybe he has awoke. but I doubt it.

  4. These are the people who helped to create the problem. White liberals are the targets of the Marxists now, and they are uncomfortable. To hell with them!

  5. Bill Maher and Bari Weiss and others like them created the “ cancel” culture when they fiercely defended their own personal ideologies contrary to the rest of society and even harassed and treated their conservative guess with disdain and disrespect . They did that by their mean spirited manners, by their public vitriolic arguments and not decrying such behavior but applauding for the sake of ratings. Now they know how it feels to be publicly harass just because one speak or decry what many know it’s wrong .
    They the stream left media, Hollywood and our uneducated politicians have created this culture and yes they should do something about . Never been a fan of his ridiculous holy than though thinking and will never be . Hope all of them get a dose of their own poisonous brewing.

  6. Problem is, most of America has the attention span of a Tic Tock video, and has not been paying attention! Now that THEY are the subject of scorn, it’s wrong. Typical hypocritical liberals. Accuse others of what YOU do, ala Saul Alinsky the original community activist. They HATE freedom, and worship power. Wake up America!

  7. We need to stand up for “free speech”, no matter what race you are, what religion, what culture. Big companies need to stand up for their product not change because the left radicals call it racism. Stand up Americans and fight against this Marxist attitude that seeks to destroy everything that is truly and uniquely American, all of our freedoms are at stake!!!

  8. i want the cancelled programs back! LIVE PD was great! COPS was great! They present police doing their work and shows the dangers, rewards, and day-to-day routines of law enforcement. Bring ’em back!

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