We all know one or two, people who are born angry, live mean and die bitter. It may be a part of their DNA, more likely it is a result of their upbringing or lack thereof. In most cases they are to be pitied, but in some cases, like Bill Maher’s, they are to be reviled as well. He deserves a specific kind of revulsion however, the kind akin to avoiding someone with a contagious disease.
Since I don’t watch a lot of television, and would never consider paying to see Bill Maher or those of his ilk, I may not be the best judge of the man’s persona much less the man himself, but I do have an opinion based on an article in The Blaze.
As a writer, I am very cautious when reading what other people say. Hearing them say it is one thing, when it’s transcribed for reading…sometimes it’s a completely different story. Nevertheless, it is hard not to interpret Maher’s words for what they are, those of a bitter little man who hates everyone and everything not in lockstep with what he believes. For example, in a recent monologue, while once again railing against Christianity and Christians, Maher asserted that “there’s always a good moral Christian reason to tell everyone you meet to f**k off and die.” That he finds it necessary to use foul language in practically every sentence in which he condemns people of faith and conservatives is, as my father used to say, “indicative of a small mind with a smaller vocabulary,” but that he does it so routinely…the man has to find new material.
It ultimately comes down to entertainment value. When a comedian turns cultural and political commentator, he almost always brings with him his personal belief system. No matter how often he changes his bit or routine, the theme is always the same. When that happens, even the best comedians morph into sleeping pills for their audience.
We get it Bill, you hate anything related to religious faith. We understand, you’re an atheist. And good grief, we know beyond any doubt, you are an ultra-liberal who, if you could, would round up every conservative, Christian, especially Catholics and gas them all. Can you find some other material?
Where’s the entertainment value in watching and listening to a “comedian” say the same thing using worn out words and phrases over and over again every time he’s on the tube? If the viewership numbers are any indication, Maher has a problem. Duck Dynasty garners over seven million (8.4 million) more viewers in the critical 18-49 year old demographic. Perhaps Maher should try ending his program with a prayer rather than the worn-out, moldy old shtick of bitter hatred.
It must gall Maher no end to see how profitable is Christian faith and wholesomeness. I imagine him in his room going over his finances knowing that they pale in comparison to those of a redneck southern family’s who make duck calls, hunt and kill for food and are also dedicated to Jesus Christ. If he watches the show he probably does so with spittle and foam dribbling down his face while in the midst of a fanatical tirade in response to the prayer Phil Robertson says at the end of each episode.
People like Bill Maher deserve our pity, they never find peace. Their hatred and anger are the only motivating factors in their lives. They are gluttons on a diet of bile. It’s a painful thing to watch someone so unhappy with the rest of the world he cannot allow himself to ever be off guard for fear he might find he has been wrong all along. His is a constant fight to stay focused on his hatreds. To accomplish this, he must remain wound as tight as a buck in heat. Perhaps it is the secret to his “comedy”, that the audience gets to see a man wallow in useless hatred and anger publicly dissipating himself as surely as any addict. Then again, I get it now, that is funny, I’m laughing.