Bill Maher, the star of HBO’s “Real Time,” was hosting comedian Joy Behar of “The View” to talk about her new book when they got on the subject of Bill O’Reilly and his $32 million settlement of a single sexual harassment claim.
Maher observed that many of the recent powerful men of Hollywood accused of sexual abuse always seem to be married. Behar expressed puzzlement regarding why that was.
Now, I could answer that question for Joy, as could anyone else smarter than she is, which is to say, almost anyone. Joy, you will recall, earlier this month excused sexual harassment by progressives like Weinstein over harassers like Bill O’Reilly because, she said, at least the liberals weren’t hypocrites. (She didn’t explain the pro-feminist/misogyny contradiction, but then Joy is, as I just noted, an idiot.)
Rich and powerful men are almost always older, usually middle-aged, in Hollywood, and everywhere else for that matter. See, Joy, it takes a while to become rich and famous. Nobody heard of you when you were 25 either, and let me tell you, I was much happier then.
The older a man is, the more likely he is to be rich and powerful—sexual harassment doesn’t require power, but power inequity helps—and also he is more likely to be married, especially in Hollywood, where executives start wondering whether you are gay if you aren’t married and 40. Not that they care if you are gay—after all, more than 50% of Hollywood men probably are— but they care if the public cares, because then you won’t be as marhetable as a romantic lead. Thus even gay middle aged men are usually married by the time they are powers in Hollywood. This has been true since the 1920s.
Another reason is that it takes a while to accumulate hundreds of victims, as in the case of James Toback.
Maher, however, had a different, if predictable, answer:
“Because they have shitty sex lives.”
Oh, was that a joke, Bill? Hilarious! Except Bill wasn’t joking. He’s a well-documented misogynist, not that this would stop a hypocritical feminist dimwit like Behar from sucking up to him since he is on the right side of history, and Maher has always made it clear that he thinks marriage is for chumps. Maher defended Bill Clinton’s sexual harassing/assaulting ways by arguing that he “earned it,” and has extolled his own lifestyle as a play-the-field, aging bachelor like Sam Malone on “Cheers” as Man Heaven. It should surprise no one that Bill believes that if married women were good little submissive spouses and eagerly cheered while their fat, disgusting husbands masturbated in front of them like Weinstein or humped their leg like James Toback, men wouldn’t have to force young women looking for jobs to do it instead.
This is signature significance for Maher, a hero of the young progressives who require nothing more ennobling of their idols than that they make non-stop attacks on Donald Trump, and, in Maher’s case, call Republican women like Sara Palin “twats” on national TV. Nobody who respects women tries to blame sexual predators’ conduct on women. Nobody.
This is just my opinion, but I don’t trust straight men who cannot imagine forming a committed relationship with a woman. I believe this is powerful evidence that such a man is in arrested adolescence, and thinks of women as sexual play-things placed on Earth to satisfy the horny, rather than human beings. I’ve seen Bill’s various dates, who get younger and younger as he gets older and more grizzled. This lifestyle is so far down my long list of why I find Bill Maher a blight on the culture that it would normally not bear mentioning, but when he lets his true rottenness ooze out from his core, as in this instance, I feel I am obligated to try, one more time, to point out why this man’s opinion on anything political, social, or regarding salad dressings is no more worthy of attention than that of the nearest slobbering degenerate hanging out in the bushes next to your local elementary school.
Bill Maher has been around almost as long as I have. I have seen sexual harassment up close by young men, old men, middle-aged men, fathers, married men, bachelors, celebrities, CEOs, managers, low-level employees and every other kind of man imaginable, and I don’t work in Hollywood. He’s seen it too, and from all these types, except that he probably doesn’t see it as harassment, in all likelihood because he’s a harasser himself. That’s just a guess, but when someone is male, wealthy, successful (however inexplicably), demonstrates no respect for women, as this latest comment confirms, and is a self-evident asshole like Maher, harassment is to be expected.
As an aside, I find it impossible to laugh at the humor of comedians I find personally disgusting in their treatment and attitudes toward women. It’s cognitive dissonance. Maher, David Letterman (another sexual harasser), Woody Allen…I haven’t laughed at any of them in many years, and won’t.
I don’t find Bill Clinton or President Trump funny either.