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Category Archives: Politically Incorrect
Posted: February 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm
Bill Maher wants the world to know that he is responsible for the fall of former Breitbart employee Milo Yiannopoulos. USA TODAY
Bill Maher, left, listens to Milo Yiannopoulos, on HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Feb. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles.(Photo: Janet Van Ham, HBO via AP)
When Bill Maher took credit for helping take down internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos after he defendedsex between teens and adults, the comedian/talk show hostneglected to mention or forgot he said some similar words on TV nearly two decades ago.
Now a media monitorwith a long memory has dug up the old videotape from Maher’s ABC show,Politically Incorrect, that shows Maherdefending the notorious case of Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle teacher convicted of having sex (and becoming pregnant) with her12-year-old male student. Letourneau and the student had two children together while he was a teenager, and they married in 2005 after she got out of jail.
She is in jail because she is in love. Thats how I view it, Maher said in the 1998 clip posted by Mediaite. Basically, theyre having a family and theyre keeping the mother in jail because she wont conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family.
When one of his conservative panelists on the show,Celeste Grieg, pointed out in horrified tones that Letourneau had raped her student (which under the law is exactly the case), Maher was dismissive.
Raped? Come on, Maher responded. How can a woman rape a man?
It was a reminder that Maher, 61, made his comic bones being transgressive when the way nastier Yiannopoulos, 33, was in short pants. Defending the seemingly indefensible was one of Maher’s comic themes, especially onPolitically Incorrect, which was canceled in 2002for poor ratings according to ABC following Maher’s ill-advised remarks about cowardice and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
‘Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher’ with guest panelists on October 5, 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.(Photo: CRAIG T. MATHEW, ABC)
Theedgy exchange on sex between minors and adults was unearthed by Mediaite, the media monitor founded by NBC’s legal analyst Dan Abrams, and was subsequently picked by such outlets as CBS News and The Hollywood Reporter.
The reason: Maher took a lot of heat for booking Yiannopoulos on his HBO show, Real Time, last week, despite the British writer/provocateur’s history of digital trashing of gays, liberals, Jews, blacks, feminists, reporters and many others.
Milo Yiannopoulos spars with Bill Maher, panel in ‘Real Time’ debut
Then, after year-old podcast clips of Yiannopoulos seeming to condone sex between some teen boys and men emerged over the weekend, he was abandoned by his political pals, by his employers at Breitbart News and by his publisher who abruptly killed his rich book deal.
Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial book is canceled
Maher took credit, perhaps jokingly, for Milo on the ropes: It was a tipping point, he said. “As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Youre welcome,” he told the New York Times.
‘You’re welcome’: Bill Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos’ takedown
But Mediaite found other examples of Maher defending Letourneau and at least some types of illegal sex between minors and adults.
Im the only guy Ive ever heard who defends Mary Kay Letourneau, he told Playboy in a 2007 interview.
Bill Maher of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ on HBO in April 2016.(Photo: Janet Van Ham, AP)
Are you saying teachers should be allowed to have sex with their 13-year-old students, as she did, and not go to jail? asked thereporter (even Playboy could be shocked).
Maher said he believed in a double standard If a 28-year-old male teacher is screwing a 13-year-old girl, thats a crime.
“But with Debra Lafave(another teacher who had sex with a student)screwing her 14-year-old boy student, the crime is that we didnt get it on videotape. Was he being taken advantage of? I wish I had been taken advantage of like that. What a memory she gave him!
A representative for Maher did not immediately return an email from USA TODAY requesting comment.
Maher and liberals in general took some more heat on Twitter Thursday night as the Politically Incorrect clip began spreading, with many tweets including the word “hypocrites” in all-caps. Others tweeted about their loss of respect for Maher.
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Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Before Milo Yiannopoulos had even set foot in the studio to record his appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, there was already a strong backlash against the comedian host for even having him on. Giving this trolling blogger the platform of an HBO show was only playing into his hands and boosting his agenda, the argument wentthough some held out for the possibility that Maher would be the one to hold Yiannopoulos feet to the fire and humiliate him in front of a large audience.
Such a comeuppance would have certainly made the whole thing worthwhile, but of course, it never happened. Instead, Maher let Yiannopoulos ramble mostly unchecked on his viewsthat transgender people are disproportionately involved in sex crimes; that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist groupand completely failed to press him on past comments about Jews and the myth of rape culture, letting that duty fall to guest Larry Wilmore. And in the end, he mocked his audience of liberals as fucking schoolgirls for taking the bait and allowing themselves to be riled. If people were mad at Bill Maher for being a shameless opportunist, now they openly despised him for being a willing conspirator.
While there is some catharsis in just straight-up calling Bill Maher a bigot, an asshole, or even a monster, its worth considering that his interview with Yiannopoulos is part of a long history of Maher inviting his ideological enemies to the table, no matter how scummy. I think youre colossally wrong on a number of things, Maher told him last Friday. But if I banned everyone from my show who I thought was colossally wrong, I would be talking to myself. In fact, that willingness to engage has been an essential part of our political dialogue. No matter how you feel about the 2017 version of Maher (for the record, Im not a fan), its hard to deny that hes done a lot to shape that discourse. And in many cases, he changed it for the better.
Mahers first show, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher completely changed the TV version of political debate when it premiered in 1993. Before this, it was mostly left to dry shows like The McLaughlin Group, and Crossfire that only the most hardcore wonks would sit through. On Politically Incorrect, audiences could watch politicians and pundits mix it up with comics, rock stars, and other celebritiesand there was a decent chance the celebrity might win the argument. It created a conversation that was more vibrant, open-ended, and honest with the typical rules of decorum all but abandoned in favor of jokes and cutting digs. In the post-Daily Show age of John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Stephen Colbert, politics as entertainment now seems entirely conventional, but Mahers early show was instrumental in making politics an essential part of pop culture.
These days, of course, a white man (particularly one as unapologetically smug as Maher) bragging about being politically incorrect just seems insufferable. But its worth noting that Maherwho believes above all else in the right to speak your mindchallenged the conservative concept of political correctness just as much as the liberal one. This was never more true than in Mahers infamous comments after 9/11, in which he argued that American troops firing missiles from a distance were far more cowardly than the hijackers. While perhaps not the best way to critique the American military-industrial complex, it nevertheless illustrated that Maher was an independent thinker, unbound by the rules of politeness or too soon. Naturally, he got fired for it.
After less than a year of unemployment, Maher rebounded at HBO with Real Time, a show thats currently entering its 15th season. At first, Real Time didnt have much of an identity, beyond the curiosity of seeing how Maher would recover from his 9/11 controversy. But soon he would zero in on the target that would define the second half of his career. Maher had always been critical of organized religion, but in the middle of the George W. Bush administration, his frustrations suddenly felt more relevant than ever. Conservative Christians dominated the political landscape, telling us we couldnt have gay marriage or stem cell research because those things made baby Jesus cry. Maher hammered them every week, and in doing so, he became one of the most prominent, popular atheist voices in the country.
Unfortunately, after a while the limits of atheism as a political stance became evident. Beyond Mahers choir-preaching documentary Religulous, there was the fact that, like so many other prominent atheists (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, etc.), Maher never tied his atheism to any meaningful cause beyond rejection of its dogma. Yes, he was critical of religion being employed to justify sexism and homophobia, but he was more reluctant to attack either of those things head on, seeming to believe that simply going after the faithful would cover it. Like his frequent advocacy for drug reformwhich mostly centers on his own love of getting highhis atheism was often more about serving himself than arguing for any sort of social betterment.
There were other cracks in Mahers supposed progressivism, like his tendency to drop sexist remarks (Remember when he called Sarah Palin a stewardess?), and especiallyand more recentlyhis frequent attacks against Islam. Maher routinely argues that while yes, all religion is bad, Islam is the most bad, and Muslims are deserving of every bit of fear theyve been shown. In this, Maher could no longer claim that his atheism was protecting the little guynot if he was attacking the most marginalized religious group in America. Quite simply, Muslims have endured enough crap since 2001 without someone who self-identifies as a proud liberal saying its not only okay, but rational, to be afraid of them. (Adding fuel to the recent fire, its an issue that he and Yiannopoulos chummily agreed on.) And its caused many on the left to turn on Maher: In one of Real Times most charged episodes, panelist Ben Affleck called Maher and fellow panelist Sam Harris opinions on Muslims gross and racist.
Courting such controversy has long been Mahers M.O., and with the recent uproar over Yiannopoulos, its worth considering that hes never received this level of backlash for palling around with Ann Coulter. The equally outspoken, equally despicable conservative commentatorfond of saying things like Mexicos culture is obviously deficient, illegal immigrants are pederasts, and Barack Obama is a retardis a friend and frequent guest of Mahers whose comments are no better than Yiannopoulos, yet a few grumblings aside, shes never been the target of such mass outrage at being allowed to spew them on Real Time.
One could argue that disproportionate response has to do specifically with Yiannopoulos fans within the white supremacists hiding behind the term alt-right, whose increased visibility has attracted sometimes violent protests. But a more likely culprit may be that the culture has simply changedthat we are increasingly unwilling to humor overt racists, even in the supposed interest of debate. The time when Maher could bring someone like Coulter on to banter about her hateful ideas is rapidly passing, and it seems to be leaving him behind.
In 2017, Maher now feels like a man without a country. Given the ongoing fallout from his most recent episodenot to mention the swift reversal of fortune Yiannopoulos has experienced this weekhe could soon become a man without an audience. Liberals wont (and shouldnt) abide by his Islamophobia. Conservatives and libertarians might admire his free-speech defense of Yiannopoulos, but theyre also unlikely to see eye-to-eye with a man who routinely insults them as morons. And while Maher agrees with their eagerness to fight the policing of humor, he isnt willing to go to the dark places necessary to become part of the alt-right. Thats why the decision to book Yiannopolous felt mostly like an act of attention-grabbing desperation. In an effort to stay relevant, Maher went with the controversial flavor of the month, and it backfired in the worst way possible.
Maher still deserves praise for how his innovations changed the way we talk about politics. But as last weeks episode made clear, hes yet to evolve to meet the timesand his reputation has suffered for it. The decision to book one of the worlds most hated bigots and decline to challenge him seriously seems poised to damage him further. Sure, Maher will be back this Friday (and if HBO holds to its contract, for many more Fridays through 2018), and hell certainly find a way to laugh it off. But its increasingly unclear how many people will be left to laugh with him.
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Posted: at 12:45 pm
A 1998 clip from Bill Mahers old TV showPolitically Incorrectis making the rounds on social media in which Maher defends sex between a young teenage boy and an older woman teacher.
Maher appears to see nothing wrong with a 14-year-old students love affair with a teacher 20years older that produced two children.
Basically, theyre having a family and theyre keeping the mother in jail because she wont conform to the perfect American family, Maher said to groans from the guests andaudience.
How can a woman rape a man? Maherasked.
In 2007 Maher defended these kind of relationships again in an interview inPlayboymagazine. There he defended the sexual relationship betweenteacher Mary Kay Letourneau and a 12-year-old male student.
Im the only guy Ive ever heard who defends Mary Kay Letourneau, Maher told the magazine.If a 28-year-old male teacher is screwing a 13-year-old girl, thats a crime. But with Debra Lafave [another teacher who had sex with a student] screwing her 14-year-old boy student, the crime is that we didnt get it on videotape. Was he being taken advantage of? I wish I had been taken advantage of like that. What a memory she gave him!
And AGAIN in 2016, Maher defended an adult relationship with a minor. He called out social justice warriors for attacking David Bowie posthumously for a sexual encounter he had with a 15-year-old when he was 26.
If theres a victim here, its the guy who had to fuck Lori Mattix next, Maher said. How do you follow David Bowie in a kimono?
On Tuesday, Maher told The New York Timeshe was partially responsible for Milo Yiannopoulos resigning from Breitbart and losing his book dealfor comments similar in to Mahers. Except Milo was speaking of sexual relationships between young teen boys and older men in the gay community.
[We] had Milo on, despite the fact that many people said, Oh, how dare you give a platform to this man,’ Maher said Tuesday.What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabetrying to make a buck off the lefts propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, hes dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then hes dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Youre welcome.
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Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:45 am
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This morning in church the song leader choose one of my long time favorites from a new hymnal. “Lord I Want To Be A Christian.”
This version was written in four-part harmony and listed as an “American Folk Song.”
Baloney! According to Wikipedia this song was written in the 1750s Virginia by African-American slaves exposed to the teaching of evangelist Samuel Davies.
Until recent times it has been billed as a Negro Spiritual. Now, I have to assume, the advocates of political correctness somehow dream that the song can be sung in 4:4 time, four part harmony with all the words in proper English rather than how the original slaves sang it in the dialect of the day. They ruined it!
Your columnist started singing in church choir while in high school. At first chance I joined the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Choir in college at the Academy and did that for four years. A highlight was singing one Easter morning at the Red Rocks open air Cathedral at Colorado Springs. Then over the years I joined and sang with several different civilian church and military chapel choirs wherever we happened to be stationed. In allhonestly I was never a great voice or soloist but simply enjoyed the four part harmony and comradery of being part of a good choir.
In my experience the best way to sing a Negro Spiritual is probably how the slaves that put together the beloved “Lord I want To Be A Christian” did it. The song is led by a strong voice, probably baritone, who sings out as leader and all the other members harmonize with the lead voice. “Lord I want to be a Christian in-a-my heart” then several voices echo “In-a my heart” while the lead and the majority of the choir holds the note, in harmony, of “heart.” Many voices blending together it is a wonderful sound to my ear.
I would urge you dear reader to attend a black church at first opportunity and listen to their choir rejoice in singing Christian music. Catch it on TV or radio if you can. If you are lucky you will enjoy them blending their voices on a true spiritual to really experience the beauty of that style of music. I’m sorry but white choirs just can’t seem to do justice to true American spirituals.
Brought to America in chains sentenced to a lifetime of slavery it must have been a hard life mentally and physically. No escape conceivable, just day-to-day living. The message of Christ and a higher power than one’s self truly must have been a great comfort to those trapped people.
No wonder they could sing of hope for a more perfect existence after death. Unlettered and self-taught in music it would only be natural to blend their voices with whoever stepped forth in song as a leader.
I’m reminded of my own contemporaries who were captured and became prisoners of war in Vietnam. Reading intelligence reports while on active duty and later books written post release from the Hanoi Hilton I have gleaned the fact that those who had a personal faith in a Higher Power survived the ordeal of prison life much better than those who had no faith.
After their return, the suicide rate of those who had no faith was many times higher than those who had a personal faith. Interestingly the two groups, faith or no faith, separated themselves on the airplanes carrying them out of Hanoi and had little contact with each other.
Not too long before the truce was signed ending the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese allowed the American POW’s to gather together in communal living instead of the isolation of two or three men to a prison cell or total isolation as had been the practice for years. Then word leaked out that the POW’s had formed a choir. Aha! — I knew instantly that their choir director had to be Major Quincy Collins, who had been our choir director years before at the Academy.
I knew that Quincy had been shot down in his F-105 and had been spotted from time to time being led down jungle paths roped at the neck with other shot down aircrew members. Then he disappeared completely from any intelligence reports that I had access to. What a feeling of hope that Quincy had made it when the news leaked of a POW choir!
Incidentally the final performance by the POW choir, and yes it was led by Quincy, was at the White House in a reunion in the POW’s honor by President Richard Nixon. No sheet music, no musical instrument accompaniment all done a cappella just as the slaves in the south did it centuries before.
Political correctness run amuck.
Why not keep the proud heritage of the Negro Spiritual alive just as those proud slaves performed their heartfelt songs? “Lord I want be like Jesus, In-a-my heart, In-a my heart (In-a my heart).”
That is the way I saw it.
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Posted: February 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Although I have no doubt in my mind that many here have also been touched as children, they probably have a sort of empathy with him.
The rest are mouth breathing social degenerates gripping his nuts because they have no in their personal life that understands them & speaks for them like Milo does.
The other are sheep who have the slightest ability for free independent critical thought & so believe him when he says it’s taken out of context/fake news.
Others to embarrassed to turn their backs on him being they advocated so much for him.
And finally you have the mentally ill who agree with him.
And I’m only taking about the 4chan community. This still applies to many of his supporters overall.
What he believes is filth. Hopefully he’ll finally lose the last shred of credibility he wishes he had (outside of enraged 15 year olds)
I don’t like him but independent of that, he is a sick human being for this.
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Posted: February 17, 2017 at 12:47 am
Twitter Is Cracking down on Politically Incorrect Language
If youre thinking about calling someone a retard on Twitter, think again, as the company is reportedly suspending accounts based on foul language. One guy ( rightfully? ) called Nintendo “retarded” for selling Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC and lost usage of his account, while another lost the same privilege after using the word “fag” although he was merely smoking. Maybe Twitter will start banning users for run-on sentences and incomplete clauses next. Thanks to Kyle for pointing this out.
Twitter has launched a new way to punish users for bad behavior, temporarily “limiting” their account. Some users are receiving notices their accounts are limited for 12 hours, meaning only people who follow them can see their tweets or receive notifications. When they are retweeted, people outside their network cant see those retweets. Some speculate these limitations are automatic based on keywords, but there is no hard evidence. This would be fine if this was used uniformly to clamp down on harassment, but it appears to be used on people, simply for using politically incorrect language.
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The late Jason Rhoades is the subject of a survey with six of his sprawling installation art pieces placed in Hauser Wirth & Schimmels massive gallery in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
Last August marked ten years since his passing (from accidental drug intoxication and heart disease, according to his wikipedia page) at age 41. His breakthrough happened at his first solo show in 1994 when, as a recently-minted graduate of the UCLA studio art MFA diploma mill, he presented a room-sized assemblage of detritus based on the then-outr notion of matching colors. The yellow assemblage entitled Swedish Erotica and Fierro Parts was an ambiguous collision of autobiographical bric a brac, but it was perfectly calibrated for the times. Rhoades was standing on the shoulders of giants. After almost two decades of struggling to destroy the tropes that defined the hierarchies of high and low art, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy were getting their critical due. Rhoades instantly became their much in demand heir apparent. He was not responsble in any way for putting Los Angeles on the art world map but he was the first new kid at the trough to benefit from the regions sudden status as an international capitol of contemporary art production.
Rhoades specialized in pushing the inscrutable while flaunting his disregard for all sacred cows. One installation in the show from 1995, My Brother / Brancuzi, mocks art world reverence for historically important modernist Constantin Brancusi by conflating a messy hoarders paradise of an art studio with an adolescent brothers bedroom. He used the allegedly autobiographical as a cover under which to fill space without context. If you didnt get it you were on the outside in a prefabricated elitism that allowed for no critical context outside of worshipful praise for all that edgy barrier-breaking.
But what was good for 1994-2006, the years covered in this survey, may not be good for 2017. Of the six major installations that comprise the show, three feature conglomerations of neon signage spelling out slang terms for womens genitalia. Little is more ubiquitous to American white male artists born in a certain era than narcissistic relativism, that sentiment that the freedom to do whatever one wants should carry no moral responsibility, allow for any confrontations nor engender any consequences. In the relativism of that era, the context of being white and male added to the luster and importance of the work being politically incorrect. During his lifetime, Rhoades received (almost exclusively) fawning praise for defeating formal constrictions, expanding the definition of what art could be and being edgy with overtly racist, sexist and bigoted themes under the aw shucks banner of just being a little politically incorrect.
Here is a simple description of three Jason Rhoades works in the show:
A few years after 9/11 the artist made an installation that mimics the structure of a mosque where a wide open floor has cloths laid down in geometric patterns; barefoot spectators are encouraged to traipse about. Above this, at the height where a mosque might have chandeliers or other lighting elements, the artist has a sprawling ceiling of colorful text pieces with slang terms for womens genitalia.
In another work from the following year he continued with the neon slang but stuck close to the urban dictionary with African-American and hip hop slang for every girls private parts. Part of the title of this piece was Black Pussy. Again, the viewer wanders an almost maze-like installation of inexplicable associations unified by the glowing neon mockery of the Nay-Nay.
In a sequel of sorts he then made a larger assembly of neon naughties, this time in Spanish and English and put blankets out on the floor with tourist trinkets one might buy in Tijuana or Tangiers.
Quick, try this: Tell someone who has not read this article about a Trump-supporting Alt-Right visual artist who makes ethnically-charged installations as right wing racial degradement. Read those three bullet-point descriptions above. Does any of this more-than-a-decade-old work suddenly seem to reflect the times we live in? Was Jason Rhoades ahead of his time? There is lots of room for debate about this specific work but the bigger picture demands we look at recent art with one looming critical context: Is turn of the century moral relativism a banner under which freedom rings or the flag in which sexists, racists and the obliviously bigoted wrap themselves?
JASON RHOADES INSTALLATIONS 1994-2016 continues at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel thru May 21. HWS is at 901 East 3rd Street in the heart of the Los Angeles Art District. The gallery is open WED thru SUN, 11 AM – 6 PM and until 8 PM on Thursdays.