On Monday, Obama donor Bill Maher called the Republican Party the “party of the apes” and said Rep. Allen West (R-FL) should be taken to a mental hospital, Politico reported.
“[T]he idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horsesh*t and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, ‘The Rise of the Party of the Apes,’” Maher wrote on his blog.
Later, he attacked Rep. West for saying some Democrats are communists.
“Seriously,” Maher wrote, “take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test.”
"And not one Republican said, 'Allen, come on. You’re making us look dumb.' Not one of the Republican candidates for president said anything. Because in today’s Republican Party, that’s not even edgy anymore. They probably saw him later on and were like, 'Word, Allen. Word.' Because that’s how they think black people talk.
Maher also went after Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party candidate who recently defeated Richard Lugar in his primary.
“I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view,” Mourdock said after his victory.
Politico reported that “Maher equated it with a relationship in which only one partner receives oral sex.”
“Maher will, however, pay no price for this. Crude, left-wing hitmen who pump $1 million into a pro-Obama super PAC rank higher in the media’s politically correct pecking order than apostates like Allen West who dares to be a conservative patriot while wearing black skin,” John Nolte wrote at Breitbart.com.
A post at Twitchy called Maher a racist and noted: “Maher is an Obama mega-donor and a good little leftist.”
“He’s allowed to be vile and racist, you see,” the post added.
The HBO host who is often referred to as “pig Maher” on conservative sites for his vile, profane and misogynistic remarks, was taken to task for his comments by conservatives on Twitter.
"Bill Maher is the perfect example of a person selling his soul for a dollar or two, one person tweeted.
“Part Mets owner, Bill Maher, called the Rep Party “apes” & specifically mentioned Allen West. Where’s the outrage?” another asked.
Nolte asked: “What exactly will it take for the media to demand Barack Obama repudiate Mr. Maher and request that the super PAC return the money?”
He also noted that “just last week,” Maher accused Matt Drudge of racism “for the dreadful sin of publishing photos of, you know, actual black people.”
Wayne Brady is an immensely talented black comic who has what the entertainment industry likes to call crossover appeal. Recently, the former “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star took issue will fellow funnyman Bill Maher, who’s been telling jokes about President Obama that invoke Mr. Brady’s name.
“[Obama] looks beaten down, that’s what disturbs me,” Mr. Maher, an outspoken liberal, said in one routine. “I thought when we elected the first black president . . . that I’d be making jokes about what a gangsta he was. Not that he’s President Wayne Brady, but I thought we were getting Suge Knight,” he added, referring to the body guard-turned-record producer who is almost as well known for his lengthy rap sheet.
“I’ve heard Bill Maher twice now [cite me] when referencing Obama,” Mr. Brady told comedian Aisha Tyler on her podcast recently. “So that means it’s a diss to Obama to be called me.” Mr. Brady continued: “I take that personally. You mean to slam the leader of the free world with my name because I’m not the aggressive black man?”
Mr. Brady is not above making fun of his clean cut image, or allowing other comedians to do so. In one famous skit available on YouTube, he portrays a gang-banging pimp who terrorizes fellow black comic Dave Chappelle for saying that “white people love Wayne Brady because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.”
For his part, Mr. Maher has a track record of using mean-spirited political humor to provoke Republicans. But can you imagine the media outcry if a conservative had equated being black with being a hoodlum?
Mr. Brady told Ms. Tyler that he respects Mr. Maher’s comedy but took exception to his pose as an arbiter of black authenticity. After letting Mr. Brady vent, she suggested that he look at the bright side. “You’ve become a pop culture reference,” she told him. Smile and enjoy it.
Why does Bill Maher see it as a bad thing for Obama to be “Wayne Brady” like? Doesn’t he care about the stereotypes attached to black men that cause loss of their lives as well as the violence that causes wasted lives in prison? And why is Bill Maher so obsessed with vulgar sexual references?
Wayne Brady has been the butt of a few jokes about how whitewashed he is. He did a hilarious bit on Chappelle’s show to dispell or make light of the stereotype he’s been stuck with… I guess he is what many would call, unfairly because I can’t the term, an ‘Uncle Tom’?
Not that he’s President Wayne Brady, but I thought we were getting Suge Knight
Maher is saying that Obama isn’t black enough (for him at least), without having the kohanas to come out and just say it.
While his comedy indeed has a political point, he’s not actually articulating an argument like “It’s bad to be Wayne Brady.” He just made a reference to Brady because he’s the other end of the spectrum of the “black stereotype” and that’s what the joke was about.
This country has a long history of offensive racial humor, i.e. sambo, blackface. Making fun of someone is sending a negative message to people in this country, by discouraging people from wanting to imitate them. Given the massive waste of black lives, this sort of humor and social pressure directed at black men who are polite and well-behaved is socially irresponsible.
Dr. Boyce: Wayne Brady Wants to Slap the Sh*t Out of Bill Maher, I Want to Slap Him Too
Bill Maher drew the ire of comedian Wayne Brady recently by comparing President Obama to him in a less-than favorable way. Describing the aggressive, angry black man that he’d hoped President Obama might be, Maher restarted the white man’s version of the “black enough” debate by stating that Obama is an inadequate black man because he is as kind and polite as Wayne Brady.
Not one to back down from Maher’s comments, Brady struck back by saying that he’d gladly slap the sh*t out of Maher to prove that he’s blacker than he thinks. This is not the first time Maher has made derogatory remarks in reference to his perception of what it means to be black. Last year after the BP Oil spill, Maher said that if Obama were a “real” black president, he would bring the BP execs in a room and lift up his shirt up so they could “see the gun in his pants.” According to Maher, a real black President would then start shooting people in the foot.
A third time I noticed when Maher’s HBO-protected white privilege showed itself is when he suggested that Professor Cornel West was out “making booty calls” on Friday nights. Professor West, being a man of class and dignity, simply responded that he’s “just a brother trying to live a good, Christian life.” I doubt that Maher would have made the same comment to white Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. But of course, according to Maher, all “real black men” make booty calls on Friday nights with any woman with a working vagina.
This kind of condescending, paternalistic racism is the sort of thing that African Americans run into when we make strategic political alliances with liberal Democrats. In addition to dismissing the causes that matter to us and hijacking our psyches to accept uncomfortable liberal viewpoints, they then expect us to modify our behavior in order to fit odd fantasies about blackness. In many ways, they are the political version of the white girl in college who sleeps with black guys to see if the “rumors are really true.” We can easily become novelties to them, like toys that you play with until you are bored and move onto something more interesting.
Here’s a newsflash for Bill Maher: Wayne Brady is BLACK, VERY BLACK. In fact, he’s as black as anything you’ll ever see in your life. While you, my friend, may believe that Brady isn’t black because he doesn’t desire to be a “Ngga in Paris,” most black people around the world are far more authentic than the dark-skinned hookers you meet with on your liquor and weed trips to Amsterdam. We work just as hard as your white friends, are just as educated, just as kind and just as productive as Barack Obama, Wayne Brady or any other man you somehow see to be a violation of the “Bill Maher Code of Nggerlicious Conduct.”
The bottom line is that we are not put on this planet for your entertainment or as a way for you to continue rebelling against your parents. You may gain cool points with white people for hanging with black folks, but most of us can see right through you.
I know Bill Maher very well. I’ve never met him, but I had friends like him as a kid. These were the guys who would tell you that you “weren’t acting black” because you didn’t smoke weed, or wanted to do your homework. They were the spoiled, thrill-seeking kids from the suburbs who would convince you to do something that would get you both arrested, but then call their rich fathers to bail them out while your black *** stayed in jail. Men like Maher don’t give black men a chance to express the breadth of their humanity and become something better than the stereotype….they just want you to be negro playthings, like Richard Pryor’s character in “The Toy.”
I hope Wayne Brady doesn’t show his blackness by slapping the sh*t out of Bill Maher. Instead, this is a chance to show him that black men with education and dignity don’t behave that way. Part of the reason that I, along with Profs Marc Lamont Hill, Jawanza Kunjufu, Steve Perry and Ivory Tolson participated in the Janks Morton film “Hoodwinked” is that we are sick and tired of people defining black men to be violent, lazy, ignorant, weed smoking, gun toting, sexually irresponsible buffoons who exist solely for the white man’s entertainment. We are claiming the space behind our own identity and refusing to let men like Maher hijack it in the name of helping us to “keep it real.”
In order for Bill Maher to learn about black men, he’s going to have to learn how to respect us first. I honestly don’t see that ever happening, for the black men I roll with every day are not nearly as exciting as Maher’s liberal suburban fantasy. Many of us are normal, hard-working, clean cut, law-abiding, educated and industrious citizens, including both Wayne Brady and President Barack Obama.
No, Maher’s gripe with Obama – and it’s a gripe shared by many liberals, including me – is that Obama has been a wimp, completely rolled over on every significant issue, failed to pursue real healthcare reform (i.e. a public option), passed a pro-insurance-company “healthcare reform” that solves nothing and mainly benefits insurance companies, and has pretty much adopted center and right-of-center politics.
Liberals thought Obama was going to fight for liberal changes, but in fact we got a wuss who has folded to the Republicans and given them exactly what they want (even as they scream laughable lies like “socialism!” at his centrist-rightist politics, in an obvious bid to discredit him and boost their own chances of being elected).
Maher’s joke uses the two poles of the “stereoyptical blackness spectrum” to make a point – not about Obama’s blackness – but about what a political wimp he is. Regardless of the color of Obama’s skin, a comedian like Maher would find some way to critique him for just that wimpiness.