‘This reads like a Trump tweet’: Progressives blast Bill Maher for racially charged North Korea ‘nail salon’ joke
While “Real Time” is on a summer break, Bill Maher is still engaged in political jokes. Friday afternoon, the HBO host drew fire from the left for what many see as a racist tweet.
“This N Korean [sic] thing is getting tense! I mean, I think it is, I’m on vaca. The ladies at my nail salon are freaking out, that’s what I know!” Maher tweeted.
Maher was similarly denounced a few weeks ago when he referred to himself using the N-word. Maher made an apology and brought on major African American voices to have an honest conversation about race.
Still, the internet went after Maher:
— Andrew Husband (@AndrewHusband) July 7, 2017
Did they love you long time? Did you hurry up and buy?
— Nick (@Curciostyle) July 7, 2017
advise you to delete this tweet
— Rachael Sotos (@arendtiana) July 7, 2017
This is fucked up even for you Bill
— A Scanner Burkely (@ascannerburkely) July 7, 2017
I've looked at this tweet five times and I keep thinking it's Bill Mitchell, does he write for you now?
— John O'Laughlin (@olaugh) July 7, 2017
This literally reads like a Trump tweet
— (((Leroy James))) (@_LEROYJAMES_) July 7, 2017
Stop acting like Bill Maher is better than your racist drunk uncle at Thanksgiving just because he hates the politicians you hate. Do better
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) July 7, 2017
Bill Maher and Ann Coulter get along famously. I believe it is because they are both performance artists with no actual ideology or souls.
— (((Mitchell Epner))) (@MitchellEpner) July 7, 2017
so bill maher only has a career because he says what racist white people are thinking but passes it off as a joke? got it https://t.co/HCvUkqqJ15
— E & SE Asian Beauty (@ESEAsianBeauty) July 7, 2017
Is Mike Huckabee writing 'jokes' for Bill Maher now? https://t.co/Nb77gJNQnz
— Volstrodomus (@WeaveinRotation) July 7, 2017
Bill maher is a lazy hack. He should retire https://t.co/GisAnkvCby
— Vistafar (@vistyafar) July 7, 2017
oof, that's a hack joke….are you going to tell us to take your wife, please?
— Seva Gunitsky (@SevaUT) July 7, 2017
Some defended him:
Bill Maher is the king of pseudo-ironic racism, defined as the sort of racism poorly concealed by people who are really into Portlandia
— ClenchdFistofPopehat (@Popehat) July 7, 2017
I'm not going to be able to go a whole month without some sanity, Bill. Hurry back!
— Tim Weisberg (@TimWeisberg) July 7, 2017