Monday, March 05, 2007

Isn't that illegal? (It should be)

The only thing I really know about Bill Maher is that he is some famous nobody that dressed up like the late Steve Irwin, with a sting ray tail sticking out of his chest. From that point on I didn't like him. He is cruel and so NOT funny. But over the weekend on HBO's show "Politically Incorrect" he said basically the world would be a safer place if the assassination attempt on Dick Cheney's life had succeeded. He didn't say it once but a few times in attempts to justify his point. He may have is own opinion, and it may be free speech, but to wish someone dead is disgusting. I hate all these people that spout off all their political views but have done nothing to help our country whatsoever! Just another big mouth in a fancy house!
I have a a snipet of the article for you to read:
Here's the deplorable sequence of events for those that have the stomach for it
Maher: What about the people who got onto the Huffington Post - and these weren't even the bloggers, these were just the comments section - who said they, they expressed regret that the attack on Dick Cheney failed.
Joe Scarborough: Right
Maher: Now...
John Ridley: More than regret.
Maher: Well, what did they say?
Ridley: They said "We wish he would die." I mean, it was (?) hate language.
Barney Frank: They said the bomb was wasted. (laughter and applause)
Maher: That's a funny joke. But, seriously, if this isn't China, shouldn't you be able to say that? Why did Arianna Huffington, my girlfriend, I love her, but why did she take that off right away?
After some discussion about why Huffington should or shouldn't have taken these comments down, the following occurred:
Ridley: It's one thing to say you hate Dick Cheney, which applies to his politics. It's another thing to say, "I'm sorry he didn't die in an explosion." And I think, you know...
Maher: But you should be able to say it. And by the way...
Frank: Excuse me, Bill, but can I ask you a question? Do you decide what the topics are for this show?
Maher: Yeah, I decide the topics, they don't go there.
Frank: But you exercise control over the show the way that she does over her blog.
Maher: But I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn't be dying needlessly tomorrow. (applause)
Scarborough: If someone on this panel said that they wished that Dick Cheney had been blown up, and you didn't say...
Frank: I think he did.
Scarborough: Okay. Did you say...
Maher: No, no. I quoted that.
Frank: You don't believe that?
Maher: I'm just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That's a fact.
Wake up, HBO: one of your hosts said the world would be a safer place if the Vice President of the United States of America had been assassinated.


Nikky said...

The title of your post is "Isnt that illegal?", I'm pretty sure it is illegal to threaten to kill the Pres, but I don't know about the VP. Also, since he did not technically make the threat,only spoke on the outcome were it to happen, I think he's safe from the law.

I wish I would have seen the show, sorry I missed it.

RWA said...

Bill Maher is yet another babbling fool who says outrageous things for shock value.

Ellie said...

He is an ass. I guess now I know why I don't watch him.

Aeneas the Younger said...

Your entitled to your opinion, but Cheney is hated inside and outside the USA by a clear majority of people.

Comedy sometimes goes too far, I would agree, but Cheney is an evil man too. Let's not lose sight of that fact.

Ellie said...

I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I think that saying things like that on a widely watch program could incite a wacko to follow through.

Hypersonic said...

We'll have to agree to disagree. I thought Syeve Irwin was a jerk ( I still do) and that satire is valid, however extreme it is. BUsh is coming to Brazil this week, here to São Paulo, guess whose gonna have rotten eggs at the ready?

Ellie said...

I am not saying that he doesn't have the right to feel the way he does. I am saying that he shouldn't provoke...especially about assasinating the VP.

There are now reports that Cheney might have to step down as VP b/c of health issues...Conda will take over. Not confirmed yet though.