The worst thing about fraternity culture, Real Time host Bill Maher said to close Friday’s episode, was how it substituted abusing its members for actual companionship, pointing out that pledges die every year from being pushed too far by their “brothers.”
“Jesus, why not just pledge ISIS?” Maher said. “Hey, a cult is a cult, and that’s what a frat is — a place where they strip you of your personality and rebuild it in their image. That’s why when a girl says, ‘I’m dating a frat guy,’ no one ever says, ‘What’s he like?'”
Maher said he always found it odd that, while universities as a whole tend to be politically correct to a fault, fraternities were allowed to operate as “little Vatican cities of depravity” that no longer fit in with society. As proof, he asked the audience to remember the film National Lampoon’s Animal House.
“In 1978, watching a guy decide whether he should have sex with an out-cold high school girl was something we all considered hilarious,” he argued. “And Bill Cosby still does.”
And if you were the kind of person who would willingly degrade women or drink to the point of illness in the name of “tradition,” he said, maybe they were better off not going to college to begin with. The only thing for predominantly-white frats to do was to truly integrate, and add women and members of color.
“You’re not really fraternities anymore — you’re more like that hippie co-op on campus where a house full of Art History majors get stoned and mix a big lentl casserole,” Maher said. “That’s right, fellas, gather up your beer funnels and your ass paddles and your lacrosse sticks and your big red plastic drinking cups and get the f*ck out.”
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.
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On CNN Thursday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta laid into Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for claiming the he didn't know until today that coronavirus can be spread by people with no symptoms.
"I mean, if he didn't know that until the last 24 hours, he might be the only person, certainly the only alleged leader to not know that," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "I find that incredible."
"It's inexcusable, Anderson," said Gupta. "This is really — I can't believe — I live in Georgia, as you know, and I can tell you I have grade school students that are — my kids who know this. The CDC has been talking about this since the beginning of February. You know where the CDC is? In, Georgia, the same state where the governor said he didn't know this till the last 24 hours? I mean, Anderson, this is one of the most serious issues I think maybe any of us will sort of deal with, perhaps in our lifetime. And the governor of a state says he didn't know something that the country has known and has been acting on, thinking about for two months, he says he didn't know this until the last 24 hours."
‘This is not the time for politics’: Trump whines about congressional investigations into his coronavirus failures
President Donald Trump complained about congressional investigations during his Thursday Coronavirus Task Force briefing.
"I want to remind everyone here in our nation's capital -- especially in Congress -- that this is not the time for politics," Trump claimed.
"Endless partisan investigations -- here we go again -- have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years," he continued.
Trump argued that Congress should not investigate the multiple failures of Trump's response to the pandemic that have been the focus of shocking reporting in recent months.