Bill Maher, the outspoken host of HBO’s “Real Time,” has understandably never been a favorite of the right, and he didn’t exactly endear himself to his legions of haters with his latest slam of Middle America.
‘The flyover states have become the passed over states. That’s why red state voters are so pissed off. They don’t hate us, they want to be us. They want to go to the party. It’s like we’re the British royal family, and they’re Meghan Markle’s dad.’
Market Watch Reports:
That’s just a snippet from Maher’s closing segment on Friday’s “Real Time.” His lampooning of everywhere between the coasts went on for several minutes.
“The blue parts of America are having a big prosperity party, while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail. And they still use the mail,” he said. “They turn on the TV and all the shows take place in a few hip cities, there’s no ‘Real Housewives of Toledo’ or ‘CSI: Lubbock.’
Jokes aside, the overarching point of his bit was that Amazon AMZN, +0.86% should have done its part to help revitalize areas of the country that could use a boost instead of choosing two already prosperous locales for HQ2.
“Amazon picked two places that didn’t need them at all,” he said. “Bezos, you’re worth $130 billion, take one for the team. Stop playing cities off against one another and help a dying one come back to life.”
Maher argued that red states are “going to keep getting angrier and crazier” if they keep getting left behind. He envisioned what Amazon West Virginia would mean for that state’s population, for instance.
“People get better jobs that don’t give them black lung,” Maher quipped. “The locals meet people of different races and backgrounds and sexual orientations, none of whom kill them… Before you know it there’s legal weed and decent healthcare and the schools are teaching science again.”
As expected, there was plenty of internet outrage over the weekend. Here’s just a taste of the social-media response:
Bill Maher attacks red state voters as dumb, poor and jealous of blue-staters. This will be just fine with his extreme left-wing fans who support all diversity except that which is ideological. https://t.co/7Kmt33vcPw
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 24, 2019
Bill Maher is exactly why Democrats will lose in 2020. The arrogance of elites who think fly over America is made up of rubes who wish they lived in NY.
‘Our roofs have solar panels. Theirs has last year’s Christmas lights.’
‘They don’t hate us, they want to be us,’ Maher said pic.twitter.com/8QxZ5EOCmV
— Hal Lambert (@MAGAindex) February 24, 2019
BILL MAHER crushes any hopes of DEMS picking up VOTES across MIDDLE AMERICA…. [WATCH]…https://t.co/fkOkBazmF1
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) February 24, 2019
Bill Maher thinks red states are jealous of blue states
I don’t know, paying less taxes and spending time around flatulent cows instead of feces littered sidewalks is hard ya’ll
— PinkAboutIt ⭐⭐⭐ (@Pink_About_it) February 24, 2019
A few voices, however, say his bashers are missing the bigger picture:
Why are people clutching their pearls over a few of Bill Maher’s jokes, and blatantly ignoring the fact that he was advocating for middle America? @billmaher is right! @JeffBezos should locate Amazon in middle America. (It’s the least he can do after paying $0 in taxes this year) pic.twitter.com/8HLnHPink9
— Brenna Simon (@BrennaSimonSays) February 24, 2019
From Market Watch