Comedian and political pundit Bill Maher — the left-leaning personality who, these days, seems to find himself more and more at odds with his progressive compatriots — is telling leftists in America to “have a little perspective” when they voice their disdain for their country, because “there’s a reason Afghan mothers are handing their babies to us.”
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Maher’s monologue was inspired by the Taliban’s brutal murder of a Kandahar police officer and social media comedian who went by the stage name Khasha Zwan.
“They forced him into a car, tortured and then executed him — a comedian,” he said Friday. “Nothing like that hits a little close to home for me.”
The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host went on to say that, although he’s faced plenty of opposition from politicians in the U.S. — namely, Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump — he has never feared for his life.
“Neither experience was pleasant,” he said, “but I didn’t have to worry about being dragged till I’m dead behind a Toyota Tacoma. Have a little perspective about the stuff we howl about here.”
Maher then listed stats from several countries to prove his point about just how well off those living in America are.
I’m sorry your professor said something you didn’t like. That won’t be a problem with the Taliban, because you’re not allowed to go to school. In Saudi Arabia, grown women can be jailed for doing the kind of things we think of as routine without the permission of a male guardian. China rounds you up if you’re the wrong religion and puts you in camps. More children in Burkina Faso work than are in school. Only 5% of Burundians have electricity. The homicide rate in Honduras is eight times what it is here. The inflation rate in Venezuela is 2,719%. The Philippines, in the last five years, has put to death 27,000 low-level drug dealers — my old job. In North Korea, people starve to death. The only people who starve here are doing it for a role. And the only people who have no water live in California.
“If you think America is irredeemable, turn on the news or get a passport and a ticket on one of those sketchy airlines that puts its web address on the plane,” Maher said. “There’s a reason Afghan mothers are handing their babies to us.”
The comedian chided those who think Americans are “the bad guys.”
“We’re not the bad guys,” he said. “Oppression is what we were trying to stop in Afghanistan. We failed. But any immigrant will tell you we’ve largely succeeded here, and yet, the overriding thrust of current woke ideology is that America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist from the moment and so oppressive, sexist, and homophobic, we can’t find a host for the Oscars or ‘Jeopardy!’”
Afghan immigrants and refugees, Maher said, can disabuse anyone of the deeply misguided belief that the U.S. is awful.
“Have you ever heard of honor killings, public beheadings, throwing gay men off of roofs, arranged marriages to minors, state-sanctioned wife beating, female genital mutilation, marriage by capture?” he asked. “What’s the lesson of Afghanistan? Maybe it’s that everyone from the giant dorm room [whining] session that is the internet should take a good look at what real oppression looks like.”
“No one here tries to escape by hanging on to an airplane.”
Watch the full monologue (warning: language) here.
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