During Friday’s edition of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher angered many when he suggested that Ivanka Trump engages in incestuous sex with her father, the current president. But, the New York Post and others said, the outrage was somewhat limited.
According to the Post:
“A lot of us thought: Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace,” the host of HBO’s Real Time said during an interview with New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.
“When he’s about to nuke Finland or something, she’s gonna walk into the bedroom and — ‘Daddy, Daddy,’” Maher cooed, making a lewd hand gesture. “‘Don’t do it, Daddy.’”
By Saturday night, a few Twitter users had tsk-tsked, as did a few news websites.
Writing at Mediaite, Lindsey Ellefson said Fox News’ Jesse Watters got hammered when he made a questionable comment about the way Trump spoke into a microphone. Maher, however, received far less criticism.
The Daily Beast has out a piece lambasting Maher for the joke, which implied an incestuous relationship between Donald Trump and the Women Who Work author. For the most part, any other criticism Maher is facing is just coming from people sharing that Daily Beast article.
Watters got dragged through the mud for his comments and there were calls to have him fired. Maher should get at least the same level of fury directed at him. Both deserve it.
It’s also worth nothing that guest Gabe Sherman — who has himself been a vocal critic of Watters for similar antics — found this aside funny enough to laugh, though he showed some restraint in not piling. We will generously blame the live television appearance for Sherman’s lack of consistent criticism for such ribald humor.
Translation: Scratch a liberal, find a hypocrite.
“Ivanka Trump is a problematic, puzzling figure,” Marlow Stern said at the liberal Daily Beast. “But if liberals are going to castigate Donald Trump for his boorish, sexist behavior, they shouldn’t behave in a similar fashion.”
Let’s face it, if any conservative ever said what Maher said about a president’s daughter, that conservative would be fired. Immediately.