Real Time host Bill Maher closed his show on Friday by complaining that Twitter had been taken over by people intent on demonizing the latest person to voice uncouth thoughts that were really better off ignored.
“Folks, we had a televised, celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL draft,” Maher said, referring to the selection of Michael Sam by St. Louis. “The culture war is over, and we won. I predict in 5 years, the NFL will be completely gay.”
But while Sam’s moment was enjoyed by many, Miami Dolphins player Don Jones was suspended and sent to sensitivity training after expressing his objection to it online, which Maher said was unnecessary.
“Give this kid a minute to get enlightened. He’s 24,” Maher said in Jones’ defense. “Think how stupid you were when you were 24. Okay, now add football.”
Citing the forced resignation of Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich as an example, Maher also criticized progressives for demanding officials’ ouster for demanding officials be removed for views they might have held years ago, like Eich’s support of the anti-LGBT Proposition 8 six years ago.
“A bad law, yes. But 52 percent of Californians voted for it. Did they all have to resign?” Maher noted. “Obama was against gay marriage in 2008. Does he have to resign? Hillary [Clinton] came around just last year. Can she still be president?”
He also stood up, sort of, for David and Jason Benham, whose deal to host a real estate reality show on HGTV was scrubbed after their Islamophobic and homophobic statements came to light.
“If you’re a Christian, you may condemn their homophobia, but they got it out of the same dumb book which you also revere,” Maher said. “So there’s a little bit of a mixed message going on. So maybe it would’ve worked better to not hound them from their home improvement show and then just let them try and find an interior decorator who will work with them.”
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.