Friday nights have become special. It’s when Bill Maher takes center stage on his HBO show and becomes the voice of reason for millions of people who are looking for someone in the public eye who hasn’t completely lost his mind.
He’s the front line of defense to the woke-ification of America, and Maher seems to not only have settled in nicely to the role, but he’s also embraced it and enjoys it.
This week on “Real Time” he took the time to basically tell Lin-Manuel Miranda to man up to the faux outrage crowd of cyber idiots on Twitter who had a problem with Miranda’s new film, “In the Heights.”
Miranda had faced criticism and backlash because to some his new film lacked Afro-Latino performers. So, the popular, beloved creator of “Hamilton” was in a rare position of being hammered on social media, and he pandered to the mob in a way that annoyed Maher.
Here is what Miranda wrote, as an apology to the haters.
”I’m seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles.
“I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening. I promise to do better in my future projects.”
Maher’s reaction? Grow up. Stand by your material, and quit pathetically sucking up.
“Please, stop apologizing. You’re the guy who made the Founding Fathers Black and Hispanic!! I don’t think that you have to apologize to Twitter! For f—‘s sake. This is why people hate Democrats. It’s cringy.”
Maher’s panel who represented the NY Times and CNN responded with comments that were not nearly as interesting as the hosts, so there’s no point referencing them.
Once they shut up, Maher added more valuable insight speaking about Miranda.
“Obviously, he felt it was important enough for him to make this apology. Do I think he really thinks he needs to apologize? I don’t. He just wants to avoid the news cycle. I don’t blame him, you know. I understand this, but at some point, people are going to have to stand up to these bullies because that’s what it is! It’s bullying. It’s ‘I could make you crawl like a dog and I enjoy it.’”
See you next Friday.