Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin the C-Word & Looks Just as Bad as Rush Limbaugh

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bill maherWhen it comes to Bill Maher, I straddle the fence. On one hand, I think he's intelligent, well-spoken, and I agree with a lot of his views. On the other, I think he's a raging misogynist. So there's that. His latest comments about how his calling Sarah Palin a c**t is way different than Rush Limbaugh's calling Sandra Fluke a slut have me leaning one way more than another, though. Guess which way?

Thursday night, Maher told ABC News' Jake Tapper that Limbaugh's comments weren't fair because Fluke isn't a public figure (among other reasons). He said: "[Limbaugh] went after a civilian about very specific behavior, that was a lie, speaking for a party that has systematically gone after women’s rights all year, on the public airwaves. I used a rude word about a public figure who gives as good as she gets, who’s called people ‘terrorist’ and ‘unAmerican’."

Maher called Palin the C word, as well as saying she's a "dumb t**t" in his stand-up routine. And, you know what? He has a point. At the end of the day, the two situations are different -- one was in front of a small audience, the other on a national scale; one was about a public figure (who are fair game), the other about a private citizen. But still, all of these words are completely unacceptable and totally hateful towards women. These words certainly don't "bridge the gap."

Bottom line is using some of the most derogatory language out there about women -- particularly in front of other people -- isn't cool. It doesn't matter how sane or insane your political beliefs are. It sends a terrible message, and it speaks volumes about the kind of person you are, and how you really view women.

Maher may be all for women's rights, and think Rush Limbaugh's a crazy windbag like most of us do, but, in a way, his language says otherwise. His language says that it's totally okay to call women c**ts if you don't agree with them. And that doesn't seem progressive at all.

Do you think Bill's comments are different than Rush's?

 

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tinyp... tinypossum

I agree with him that Palin is a public figure who should expect to be regularly skewered in the media and gives as good as she gets. However, I think he crossed the line with the "C" word. To me, that word is as offensive as the "N" word or the "F" word. There's a line and he crossed it. But, Rush went after a private citizen who was exercising her right to express her personal opinion. That was worse that what Maher did. 

zandh... zandhmom2

He's comment is just as bad as Rush's.  He also has made comments about her son and he is NOT a public figure so his reasoning is lost on me.  And Sandra Flunk may be a private citizen but she did put herself out in the public.  I still think both of them are wrong and we as women shouldn't accept any man of either side degranding women.  Rather we agree with a person political stance, once they start attacking women, us women should stand up in unity and demand for it to stop. PERIOD.

amand... amandasmomma

What an absolute jerk this guy is and his statement makes zero sense.


Sandra Fluke is a private citizen?  Didn't she speak out in a public venue?  Didn't she want the PUBLIC to hear what she was talking about?  And who cares-- private citizen or public figure, why is it OK to call a woman a c**t or a s**t?  Where were all the (so-called) feminists when he or other men used this language towards Sarah Palin or any other conservative woman for that matter? 


No one was outraged when Playboy put out their Top 10 List of Republican Women You Want To Hate F**k?


 

Lesli... Leslie_ABS

Yep, I have to agree Bill Maher is equally out of line. He's just a big d**k! No, but really, Palin should not be reduced to a bad slang word for her genitals anymore than Sandra Fluke should have been called a slut. Besides, there are so many ways to make your point about Palin, that why would you reduce your comments to that. It's just as wrong and Bill should be called out. I don't want to hear any male personalities trashing women by using phrases that are derogatory for women. Slam them in a legitimate way.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Now I hate the C word as much as the next person but I do think it's different. Mayer did it in a stand up routine and as much as I don't agree with it comics are forgiven a lot for saying horrible things during a routine. Rush said it as political commentary. Yes, his show is all about his political opinions but I view something he says as more of an editorial. I say if you don't like the double standard then people should shout their disapproval of ALL comedians saying offensive stuff during a routine. Not just one who said something about a "politician".

nonmember avatar JaneDWill

Both comments were disgusting and out of line. The only difference was that Rush's comment toward Sandra Fluke was pretty much aimed at ALL women who shared her views on birth control funding. Maher's comment was aimed at Palin. I feel like both comments reflect each man's real views on women.

jkm89 jkm89

I'm sick of men calling women names. I don't care what side of the aisle they're on, it needs to stop. They're just making themselves look bad.

nonmember avatar Scary

Also remember that Bill Maher is a COMEDIAN mocking a very public figure, first and foremost, whereas Rush Limbaugh purports himself to be a serious journalist and opinion-maker who was criticizing a private citizen who isn't looking to gain herself a pundit role on FoxNews. The comments the two genres make are to be taken with different grains of salt. No one who listens to Maher believes he is speaking fact (just opinion), whereas Limbaugh listeners often take his statements as gospel truth. I mean, I don't believe "all babies are a$$#0les" because Louis CK says so in a stand up routine...

Bethany Perry

I absolutely do not like the words he used and I don't allow that kind of language around me. But here's the thing. Bill Maher is not a politician or even a pundit like Limbaugh. He is a political comedian, like John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, Bill Hicks, or Doug Stanhope. Stand up comedy is basically all about people paying a comedian to entertain them by making fun of stuff and people, including public figures. This is why Bill Maher is not on public radio. He is on HBO, which you have to pay to see. HBO charges its viewers because that way it is not subject to the censorship that public stations or basic cable stations are subject to. This business, HBO, has a niche because there are people who want to see and hear this type of entertainment. other "offensive" comedians include Katt Williams. Every other word he uses is the N word. My husband is black. Neither he nor I would ever use that word, but we both think Kat Williams is hysterical. It's comedy. It is meant not to be taken seriously. If you don't like Bill Maher, don't listen to him. And that will be easy because you have to pay to anyway. But it is not so easy to tune out Limbaugh. He is a national, public pundit and he wants to be taken very seriously.

Todd Vrancic

I watch Maher's show Real Time, and I think he is out of line when he uses that type of language.  However, while I think that those instances are out of line, I do not believe that either he or Mr. Limbaugh should be forced off the air by any type of government agency.  Let the free market work in both cases.  The difference between the two is that Maher seems to be able to hold a dialog with people with whom he disagrees without it devolving into a shouting match, and that Mr. Limbaugh does not seem to be able to do that.  Mr. Maher frequently has people on his show whose views do not coincide with his and is able to hold a conversation with them without screaming at them.  His habit of referring to Ms. Palin as a "c**t" just makes him look less intelligent.

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