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Bill Maher Defends Paula Deen, Says PC Police Not Helping [Video]

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Bill Maher and Paula Deen are unlikely allies, but the former — an outspoken and often offensive political comedian — is stepping up to ostensibly defend Paula after her recent racism brouhaha.

Bill Maher is no stranger to being silenced, perhaps why he can identify in part with what Paula Deen is going through. In 2001, he was canned from ABC and lost his long-running Politically Incorrect show simply for pointing out that whatever one thinks about the actions of the 9/11 hijackers, they weren’t cowardly. He’s since quipped that he is the only person who was fired after 9/11, and he has gone on to far greater success with his HBO show.

Maher’s defense of Paula Deen is also surprising given his vocal distaste for American trash-cuisine, and while he admits to liking foods that are unhealthy, he also frequently opines that Americans are digging graves with “knives and forks,” suggesting that the country medicates issues that can be addressed in part without shoving food just like the stuff Paula Deen cooks into our face holes at every given opportunity.

But Maher’s Paula Deen defense is not because he agrees with what she said — on the contrary, while unafraid of offense, the comic is certainly openly critical of America’s racial divide — but rather the way it was handled.

On his show last night, Bill Maher again brought up Paula Deen, in a very watch-worthy clip about how we discuss matters of race, racism, and why banning words is not the answer.

Maher suggested Antonin Scalia and Donald Trump are far more racist than Paula Deen may be, but they get to keep their jobs because we, in his opinion, have substituted saying the word in question for a real conversation about what actually harms black people.

According to Maher, as a for instance, Scalia’s description of the Voting Rights Amendment as a “racial entitlement” is a far worse transgression — he explained last night:

“Just the fact that he talks about black people voting as an entitlement, that is so much more racist than anything Paula Deen ever said.”

Maher breaks it down, as he has in the past, saying that language has become a surrogate for real dialogue about race in America. He continues:

We have replaced having a conversation about race with ‘oh OK, liberals feel good about themselves if they make the bad person go away.’ Who’s the bad person? The one we caught saying that one word. Donald Trump is a worse racist but he gets to keep his show because he never said the word. Sarah Palin is a worse racist, she said Obama was shucking and jiving his way to victory. Newt Gingrich said he was the food stamp president. This is real racism.

Before the Paula Deen flap, Maher has addressed Donald Trump’s dog-whistle racism in a bit after Trump released his five million dollar bet to the President, where the mogul tells Obama that he will pay the money if he can see a passport and school records.

Maher quipped of Trump’s suggestion Obama donate the money to inner-city kids in Chicago that it was indicative of the reality star’s way of thinking, adding “the NBA, sickle cell anemia, and the Wu-Tang Clan” as possible other charity recipients.

Above is a Bill Maher clip from earlier this year before Paula Deen’s controversy, in which he explains that denying racism is the new racism. Did you catch this Real Time segment last night?

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37 Responses to “Bill Maher Defends Paula Deen, Says PC Police Not Helping [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Paula's Dean's insincere apology from public pressure. Bill Mahr, Trump, Palin are all douchebags.

  2. Don Richter

    #1 racist in the country and also a Muslim sympthizer

  3. Anonymous

    The writer says "Bill Maher and Paula Deen are unlikely allies" then says he "Bill Maher is no stranger to being silenced, perhaps why he can identify in part with what Paula Deen is going through" These article writers are getting dumber and dumber. If Bill Maher can identify with what Paula Deen is going through then of course he's going to be her ally. Bill Maher was the first person most informed people thought of to defend her.

  4. Anonymous

    The writer says "Bill Maher and Paula Deen are unlikely allies" then says he "Bill Maher is no stranger to being silenced, perhaps why he can identify in part with what Paula Deen is going through" These article writers are getting dumber and dumber. If Bill Maher can identify with what Paula Deen is going through then of course he's going to be her ally. Bill Maher was the first person most informed people thought of to defend her.

  5. Anonymous

    Scalia's saying the Voting Rights Act a Racial Entitlement is far more Racist, and Donald Trump's Birthier crap was far more racist. Even Boll O'reilly's comment about black people with forks and knives comment was far more racist, but none of them ever face any consequences! Doctor Laura said the N-word 11 times and she lost her show. Thank you Maher!

  6. Jim Fellner

    Nigger-head= big rock that gets in the way of making a living…………..

  7. Sally Lloyd

    Maybe it just doesn't bother them. Too busy trying to feed the family and get an education.

  8. Sylvia Woods

    Yes, because there's nothing racist about telling blacks that even though other minorities overcame severe hardships & bigotry, blacks can only overcome it with the white man's help. :rolleyes:

  9. Tim Walker

    Deen being crucified for a remark made30 years ago after being robbed by a brother with a gun.Faarakan, Sharpton, Jackson Spike Lee utter racists comments every day.I hear no outrage.

  10. RickyRay Robertson

    no one said they can "only overcome hardships with the white man's help."
    silly statement.

  11. Buce McLaughlin

    Quite honestly, the racial issue wouldn't have been a problem, if the dumbass southern rednecks left the blacks in Africa.

  12. Michelle James

    RickyRay Robertson Oh come on! That is the ongoing subtext of every conversation about black people. I remember when I told a friend I didn't want to see "The Help" because I was tired of the message in movies that black people couldn't empower themselves without a white person to help them do it. She looked at me like I had two heads. That's the problem here: when it comes to race we act as if nothing is real unless it's explicitly stated. So Paula Deen gets crucified for using the n-word, but people like Scalia who do actual harm get a pass because they didn't "say" the current bad word.

  13. Anonymous

    Those statistics are just that. Stats; numbers just thrown out without any context. Race isn't the issue. It's culture. I think black Americans still really haven't assimilated into American culture, but instead found their own "urban" culture. Which would be fine, but it glorifies everything bad about society. Illegitimacy, crime, drugs, violence….and people scratch their heads on why so many blacks aren't getting ahead. The ones that do are the ones who abandon those things, get educated, have careers, and have families that flourish. And they're considered to be sell outs?
    That's the problem.

    And whites need to understand that they should embrace people of ALL colors who are productive members of society. When a black person commits a crime, it's NOT because they're black. It's their personal upbringing. Just as a white meth addict in the trailer park isn't that way because he's white. Let's stop putting our behavior on race.

  14. Anonymous

    Bill Maher. The guy who has a hugely watched television program, and is adored by millions of fans. Who is eaposca69?

  15. Sergio Garcia

    Don Richter … how is he a Muslim sympathizer? You are one dumb little man. Stop believing the lies FOX news tells you. Trust me, they are laughing at you behind your back for helping spread their intentional lies.

  16. Sergio Garcia

    Don Richter … and don't come back at me with nonsense name calling. If you can't specifically explain how he is a Muslim Sympathizer then you should probably just shut the fuck up.

  17. Sergio Garcia

    The ignorant headline gives the impression that Maher defends Deen using the N word. They do this to make you read the article. That's not what Maher was doing. He was just saying the things more important political figures are getting away with in regards to racism is far worse than what Deen did or said.

  18. Anonymous

    Wonder why he didn't mention Joe Biden's 2008 comment that Obama was " clean and articulate "?