Bill Maher came to Gwyneth Paltrow's defense Friday night after the actress received harsh criticism for what some have deemed to be a racist tweet.
Playing on the title of the bestselling Jay-Z and Kanye West song "N***as in Paris," Paltrow tweeted that she was with "n***as in Paris, for real," after appearing with the duo at a concert in Paris.
"She was onstage with the people who wrote that song while they were actually onstage, in Paris," Maher said, after saying "f**k you; I don't care” to the audience over not bleeping the "n" word.
He continued: "I would just like to say that the problem with racism is not Gwyneth Paltrow. The problem with racism is Matt Drudge."
Maher proceeded to show the audience a number of screen shots from the Drudge Report, with comments like, "Louis Farrakhan, cause he's so relevant now...Oh yes, Reverend Wright, because he matters to your life so much...Michael Jordan, angry, [because] that's how we all remember him...This is racism in America."
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From there, political analyst for MSNBC Karen Finney could barely contain her frustration, saying, "The indignities that you have to endure at times [as a person of color]...Consider today that in the rose garden of the White House, a reporter interrupted the president in the middle of what he was talking about, with a racist comment saying, 'Why would you put foreigners over Americans?'"
She continued: "That's the kind of divisive talk, by the way, which I think is going to screw Republicans when it comes to immigration reform and with Latino voters-- but the kind of indignities this president has had, has faced..."
An MSNBC panel Friday similarly asked whether a white president would ever have to undergo such trials, concluding that the interruption was "unprecedented and outrageous," and that "we've never had a president like this heckled so disrespectfully," failing to recall that George W. Bush literally had a shoe thrown at him while speaking.
Familiarly concluding that it is a "race issue," democratic strategist Julian Epstein remarked: "I think the right wing has some explaining to do, because to me it’s patently obvious."