Bill Maher is a diehard liberal, but sometimes even he can’t stomach the antics of progressives.
The HBO “Real Time” host on Friday mocked young liberals for their “progressophobia,” which he says has resulted in “a growing belief in whiteness as a malady and white people as irredeemable.”
“That’s the phrase coined by Steven Pinker to describe a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress,” Maher said on his show. “It’s like situational blindness, only what you can’t see is that your dorm in 2021 is better than the South before the Civil War. … Acknowledging progress isn’t saying ‘we’re done’ or ‘we don’t need more,’ and being gloomier doesn’t make you a better person.”
Maher mocked the endless — and breathless –reports by the establishment media during the presidency of Donald Trump.
“There is a recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse,” he continued. “Kevin Hart expressed a view many hold when he told The New York Times, ‘You’re witnessing white power and white privilege at an all-time high.’ This is one of the big problems with wokeness — that what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jibe with the facts or ever be challenged, lest the challenge itself be conflated with racism. But saying White power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous.”
Maher pointed out the, uh, past. “Higher than a century ago — the year of the Tulsa race massacre?” he asked. “Higher than the years when the KKK rode unchecked and Jim Crow went unchallenged? Higher than the 1960s when the Supremes and Willie Mays still couldn’t stay in the same hotel as the White people they were working with? Higher than slavery? And I mean actual slavery, not ‘Prince doesn’t like his record contract’ slavery.”
The host pleaded with liberals to search for a cure for “this progressive allergy to acknowledging societal advances.”
“[It’s] self-defeating because progress and hope that we can achieve it is the product we’re selling,” he said. “And having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped. Black-only dorms and graduation ceremonies? A growing belief in Whiteness as a malady and White people as irredeemable? Giving up on a colorblind society? Only if you believe we’ve made no product does any of that make sense.”
Of liberals, Maher said: “They have a bad case of progressophobia. That’s a term coined by Steven Pinker to describe a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress. It’s like situational blindness although it means you can’t see that your dorm in 2021 is better than the South before the Civil War.’
Maher later took to Twitter, writing: “If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote and more homophobic than when blow jobs were a felony, you have #Progressophobia and you should adjust your mask because its covering your eyes.”
If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote and more homophobic than when blow jobs were a felony, you have #Progressophobia and you should adjust your mask because its covering your eyes. #BY pic.twitter.com/qFUFwO3eNJ
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) June 12, 2021
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