Bill Maher didn’t mince words on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday while dissecting the #MeToo movement. The host targeted a portion of millennials — who he called “emotional hemophiliacs” — as those partially responsible for the movement’s wildly off-the-tracks trajectory.
What did Maher say?
One of Maher’s guests was New York Times editor and writer Bari Weiss — a female writer notable for her criticisms of the #MeToo movement. Maher warned his audience that some perfectly normal behaviors are being perverted and that even men coming forward to discuss the “spectrum” of sexual misbehavior (such as actor Matt Damon) is colossally backfiring.
“When you’re wrong even when you say the right thing, then I feel like a husband,” Maher joked.
Maher added that there appears to be much division within the movement itself, noting that there’s infighting among “factions of women” rather than between women and men.
“First of all, address the interesting part of it, which is that the fight is really between factions of women,” Maher said to Weiss. “It’s not between men and women arguing.”
While Weiss was adamant that the #MeToo movement was long overdue, she did agree with Maher’s statement, adding that she believed there was a line of demarcation between liberals and what she referred to as the “hard left.”
“The hard left is basically saying it’s OK if a few innocent men go down with the ship if that’s what it takes to bring down the patriarchy,” Weiss explained. “They hate zero tolerance on the right when it comes to drug policy but they love zero tolerance when it comes to sexual misconduct.”
Maher went on to place a portion of the blame on millennials, saying that what he viewed as the #MeToo’s out-of-control spiral is a generational issue.
“I don’t think it’s the majority of [millennials],” Maher explained. “I think it’s the upper-middle-class kids who grew up screaming at their parents and that was OK. And they are just so f***ing fragile … I think of them as emotional hemophiliacs and the rest of us have to be so careful around them.”
Maher later added that it’s nearly impossible to know how to handle the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday amid the hyper-charged #MeToo momentum.
“Who knows what to write in the [Valentine’s Day] card?” he joked. “You can’t make anything 100 percent safe. A police state, they always say, is the safest place to live. But you’re in a police state. We don’t want to do that with love. We’ve spent our whole history as humans saying it’s magical, it’s serendipity … you can’t legislate all of this.”
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