Late-night TV host Bill Maher has had it with people who look for reasons to be offended.
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During his HBO show, “Real Time,” Friday, he took aim at people who insist on making an issue out of movies and television shows from days gone by that may contain questionable behaviors.
“Enough with revisiting things,” he said at the top of his show.
Pointing to ’80s actress Molly Ringwald’s latest gripe that John Hughes’ films — ’80s staples such as “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” — had “troubled” her for the way some of the female characters were portrayed and treated by other characters in the films.
In a New Yorker article, Ringwald explained that she was “taken aback by the scope of the ugliness” she saw at the films in retrospect and through the lens of the #MeToo movement.
“Stop being surprised every time you watch an old movie or TV show and find some of the ideas in it are old,” Maher exclaimed, pointing to Ringwald’s New Yorker piece.
“Oh please,” he said. “They were teen comedies, not snuff films. … She said, ‘It’s hard for me to understand how John [Hughes] was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot.'”
Should ‘we dig him up and yell at him?’
Of Hughes, who’s been dead since 2009, Maher wondered if we should “dig him up and yell at him.”
“You can’t blame someone for not being ‘woke’ 30 years before ‘woke’ was a thing!” Maher added.
Maher went on to point to the hit TV show “Friends,” of which he said “some millennials … find the jokes sexist, transphobic and fat-shaming.”
“What can you do?” Maher asked. “Label us all degenerates for not already being who we would eventually become?”
“If you spend your time combing through old TV shows to identify stuff that by today’s standards looks bad, you’re not ‘woke,’ you’re just a douchebag,” he continued to rail. “You can’t enjoy any music, movies or TV from ‘back when’ for any length of time before seeing something we just don’t do anymore.”
The show host and comedian noted that it’s time to knock it off altogether.
“We’re never finished evolving,” Maher added. “No matter how ‘woke’ you think you are, you are tolerating things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years.”
He later concluded, “Let’s chill out on busting balls for breaking rules that didn’t exist at the time.”