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Maher causes cancer

Steve Finefrock March 7th, 2011

“Wrong and rotten” — the catchiest description of Bill Maher, reaching back to his days of daze on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” as coined by Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Maher segued from Comedy Central to ABC, self-destructed ultimately and landed at HBO, where his rants against America get ever-rottener with every season.
Now Maher’s bringing rot to Oklahoma — only state with every county voting “red” in the last presidential contest. Oklahoma represents everything Maher hates and deconstructs, so comes the question: Who are the idiots buying tickets? What kind of Oklahomans pay good cash to hear a cache of “America Causes Cancer” rants such, as he uttered once on “PI” in 1999. Since then, his hate speech is squared and cubed, yet a concert hall full of self-loathing Okies are gushing at the occasion to see their culture bashed?

Transcripts from “PI” show even then a constant favor to his liberal guests, and interruption of conservatives. Charlton Heston hardly got a single sentence before interruption, yet Elayne Boosler on the same show had almost a hundred words without interruption. Ditto for Janeane Garofalo on another episode. OKC crowds will get all Maher, all the time, all dripping with uninterrupted disdain for the very people paying for his talented insults.
In his “PI” era, Maher periodically demonstrated some less-lefty views, as noting “there are some countries — let's be honest — that were better … seemed like they were better off when England was around to give them a swift kick in the pants.”  A British guest objected, and he startled him by insisting, “Really? Do you think the average Somalian was better off?” and was corrected that the Brits never ruled Somalia! His tart response: “But you ruled a lot of places in third‑world countries that are now a mess, that weren't a mess when you were around, and the average person had it better. You don't think that's true?”
Imagine such an utterance today, on HBO, by someone such as Hugh Hewitt or Dennis Prager or David Horowitz or Andrew Breitbart. Maher’s views have tracked leftward faster than a Bill Clinton lie or an Obama waffle.
Maher likely will arrive at his concert by whore-filled limousine, and enjoy a rousing crowd of Okie liberals — a rich vein of their vain vitriol for their own residence is oft displayed by library patrons awaiting the Sunday opening of one library branch. Their dripping disgust for this city hints at the tingle up their leg at Maher ripping the soul out of middle America.
On “PI” he often closed his monologue, “It's all been satirized for your protection,” once adding, “I'm just here to make sure it's all fair, and partial,” which it most certainly will be to a joyously agreeable crowd — itself much as those at the Hollywood branch of the L.A. library system during my nine-year sojourn in Tinseltown. Twice I was in an audience of “PI” in 1997; once he berated a black comic slamming our military. Maher shut him up, as best I remember, with “If it weren’t for the military, you’d be speaking German.”
Maher once queried his guests, If you come to the nation which is the melting pot, shouldn’t you be required to melt a little? Maher does sometimes make a swipe at radical Islam, but with a coating of caveats as thick as the decorations on a Fabergé egg.
They will be rare indeed before his OKC audience, eager to be insulted. There’s a Henny Youngman one-liner somewhere, but I’m not the comic. The tragedy is the OKC blue-legged, tingling audience paying to endorse this wrong-and-rotten creative cousin of Charlie Sheen.

—Steve Finefrock
Oklahoma City

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03.07.2011 at 03:21 Reply

If you don't want to see him, then don't go.

But don't insult me for my choice to see him.  You don't like it when I paint everyone who writes editorials about Islam with the same brush as the Rev. Terry Jones, do you?  How about when someone calls all Palin fans as idiotic sheep?  

I didn't fight in a war to protect your right to decide what I can and can not go see.


03.08.2011 at 08:58 Reply

I suppose the thing I find the most amusing about this rant is that the Oklahoma Gazette is often considered a “liberal” rag, and yet here we have a letter to the editor written by a cry baby right winger that exceeds the maximum word count by more than 200 words!  So I feel apt to point out the fact that apparently the cry babies on the right get more space than the cry babies on the left, and that’s starting to smell a little Fox Newsie to me. 



As for you comment…



What you seek is no different than those who recently failed to shut down The Westboro Baptist Church’s ability to picket funerals.  You seek to limit free speech, which is completely against the core values America was founded on.  That’s ironic coming from someone who is so conservative.  I thought conservatives were about the preservation of the rights afforded to us by the Constitution of the United States?  But sadly that’s not the case, is it?  No, it’s an ongoing theme among conservatives to go about their business trumpeting how government should not impose it’s will among the people, and yet here is a classic example of how you want to pick and choose who has a voice.  That doesn’t sound like free speech to me.  I bet you would love prayer in schools too.  But only Christian prayer, none of this Buddhist, Muslim, Pagan, Hindu crap.  Am I right?  Unfortunately for you, you can’t legislate people’s behavior. 



I seriously don’t understand your rant.  Because if Glenn Beck comes to town, I’m not going to write a 604 word rant about how he’s a tinfoil hat wearing lunatic.  If you don’t agree with a person, you don’t have to go see them.  It’s a pretty simple concept actually.  It would appear that you are upset that people whom already enjoy Maher’s satirical take on our brainless, soulless, all-about-me society are going to hear more of what they already believe is true.  Oh heaven forbid!  That would be like me writing a letter to the editor about the Jews going to temple, even though I personally believe in Jesus Christ.  Do you see how stupid that is?  People’s actions are based on their beliefs, and best as I can tell, you’re upset that anyone could possibly have a different viewpoint than you.  I’m sorry we don’t live in the fascist state that you think you do.  Welcome to America!



Oh, by the way, I didn’t realize Bill Maher was coming to town, so I’d like to thank you for letting me know so I can get tickets.


03.08.2011 at 04:02 Reply

Here is where I have my issue: why do the conservatives - albeit the majority- of Oklahoma find it so unbelievable that anyone thinks differently than they do? While this may be a "red state," there are still people who go out at every election and vote "blue" or "liberal" or 'Democrat" or whatever they associate with most.  So?  What's wrong with that?  There are also people in this state who are not Christian.  And that should be OK.  In other states, there is a lot more diversity when it comes to these issues and that is a good thing.  But for the conservative side of this state to blindly believe that you should only believe as they do & that, in fact, NO ONE in this state does, is clearly ignorant.  Why the fear about this?  The minority in this state deserves to have an opinion and a voice, b/c if they didn't, than neither would the majority.  Just as I expect to be respected for agreeing with Bill Maher & his politics & for wanting to go see him, I also respect that this person does not wish to see Bill Maher.  That's fine.  But it is medieval to believe people like Maher shouldn't come to a state nor be seen.  As long as they are giving a peaceful presentation of their ideas, there is nothing wrong with them or the people who wish to see them.  I also hope that as time goes on, places like Oklahoma that grip so tightly to their conservative ideals, will be balanced out by all types of thought.  THAT is what makes the U.S. what it is, for better or worse.


03.09.2011 at 03:50 Reply

It seems to me ironic that a person who was an audience member of Politically Incorrect (twice mind you) would have the gall to lambast others for participating in an activity that the author had.  What, other people are not allowed to come to the same conclusions you did on their own, or egads, come to the opposite conclusion?

I wouldn't call myself a fan of Bill Mahar because I don't think he's very smart not because he criticizes a particular area or certain values.  Is it not an act of love to point out the follies of a child or an aged parents?  I understand the gentility is required to perform this act, but the act is generally not one of malice.  So how then, is it an attack to point out the folly of a country or a region?  So what kind of criticism is in your letter Mr. Finefrock?  It certainly doesn't seem like the gentle admonishment of a parent or friend trying to set someone on the right path.  What makes you so angry.  I'm a liberal who lives in Oklahoma, I find the politics here repugnant but I don't make fun of this state.  Its too damned sad to do that.


03.21.2011 at 01:55 Reply

Saw Maher on Saturday. Had my doctor stick his finger up my butt today. No cancer.