Is there a bigger asshole in American discourse today than Bill Maher? The answer is, of course, no. The unfunny host of an annoying HBO show ensconced himself further as The Biggest Asshole In America with his remarks about voter I.D. laws. Hot on the heals of Biden insulting whites and blacks on Tuesday, y’all… comes Maher: Poor black people don’t have picture I.D.’s because they take the bus. Ah…so smooth, much smoother than Biden. Maher rolls all the creative class/HuffPo arrogance into one thought. You see, what Maher really thinks is poor black people are too stupid or lazy to take the bus to the Pennsylvania DMV and must be protected by rich white men such as himself. But he can’t say that out loud. It would make his white friends being served tofu treats (by brown people) uncomfortable at Arianna’s cocktail parties.
One may obtain photo I.D. with relative ease in Pennsylvania. I do not think voting is a privilege. It is a right. And a pretty damn special right. One worth bothering about. The standard set for obtaining most library cards hardly seems too high here. I suspect many black Americans feel the same way. But Maher insults them anyway. Because, you know, poor black people need rich crackers like him protecting them. He’s cocksure of it.
Maher isn’t the least concerned about poor white folks – who are all “teabaggers”. They are Clinton Democrats who voted GOP in 2010 – so who the f#@k cares? Right? His riff on the “tea baggers” is particularly offensive, grating and condescending. (Three traits without which Bill Maher would simply evaporate.) Maher implies conservative whites are too stupid to know Africa is a continent and therefore they should not be allowed to vote. I can promise you stupidly knows no racial or ideological bounds in America. When I taught I had white kids who thought America was founded in 1945 and black kids who couldn’t find Mexico on a map. (Trust me, when I was done they all knew better.) Many Americans of all stripes are routinely proven to be morons when asked about other countries, and often their own. But hey, lets take another cheap shot at people with other political views. Plus, I get to say ‘teabagger’ again! Yippee! This is what “liberal” has become in the Obama era – a series of smug insults masquerading as a point of view.
It’s funny, I don’t remember Maher giving much of a shit about voter disenfranchisement on May 31st, 2008.
Get an i.d. if you want to vote. Make the damn effort. It’s voting for Christ sake. It’s a way we participate in the society as whole. Lynne, regular commenter Jay and I all had to show picture i.d. to sit through a taping of Maher’s crappy, creepy show at CBS . We had to show i.d. just to get on the studio lot…to be anywhere near Maher. But to vote in a Presidential election? Awful! Such an onerous request!
And rich, white faux liberals- stop talking down to the people you claim to be defending. Poor people are poor, not stupid. And by the by, spewing cheap shots and being corrosive on HBO doesn’t make one smart by default, Maher. You prove it.