- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bill Maher, a late-night liberal comedian and political commentator, delivered scathing remarks to easily offended viewers Friday night, dubbing them “political correctness Nazis.”

The host of the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” said liberals are often too easily offended and speculated that an overly politically correct society created more animosity between parties.

“… What Republicans have done, is tapped into the deep, rich vein of cultural resentment that runs through America’s heartland like an artery clogged with hate butter,” he said. “And liberals, to be fair, sometimes make it pretty easy for them to do that.”

Mr. Maher went on to discuss several instances where he felt liberals took political correctness to the extreme.

“When Gwyneth Paltrow said her divorce was a ‘conscious uncoupling,’ even I wanted to jump in the truck, crank up the Lynyrd Skynyrd and shoot up a farmer’s market,” he joked.

Mr. Maher talked about his personal battles with viewers, saying that as a comedian he hates when “political correctness Nazis hound me to censor every joke and apologize for every single slight and when I have to learn how to pronounce words like ‘chai’ and ‘quinoa’ — I just want to shove a head of kale up their [expletive].”

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He continued to talk about political correctness issues on social media.

“I also for example think it’s ridiculous that Facebook has now decided that we have to choose, in our profile, from 56 genders, including transgender, cisgender and, of course, brucegender,” Mr. Maher said.

Although Mr. Maher is a self-proclaimed atheist and is well known for his negative comments on religion, he said that even atheists can take it too far.

“Even atheists make me roll my eyes sometimes,” he said. “Like when they sued to have a cross taken down from a building. Oh for [expletive] sake, we are atheists not vampires. If you can’t handle seeing a cross now and then, you picked the wrong country.”

Mr. Maher suggested that too much liberal political correctness is what spurs conservative arguments against big government, but ended the discussion by saying that Republicans need to accept that they can benefit from some government services.

“So I get it, liberals can be obnoxious, and that’s why lots of Americans say, ‘We don’t want politicians nagging about what we can name our football team, or how big our soda can be, what we can eat, or who we’ve offended. We have wives for that,’ ” Mr. Maher joked.

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“But don’t cut off your nose to spite your face,” he added. “One of the Republicans’ strongest voting blocks is low-income whites who didn’t go to college. These are people who desperately need a minimum-wage hike, need unions, they need health care, but not if it’s got Obama’s name on it.

“Remember, for every liberal with a cause, who makes you go ‘oh just shoot me,’ there’s a conservative with a gun who will,” he said.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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