“When did liberals become the fun police?”: Bill Maher’s Halloween video

Here’s a 6½-minute segment on Halloween from Bill Maher’s latest show, which covers offense culture, snowflakes, Republicans, wokeness, and many other topics of interest (and humor). The part about cultural appropriation of costumes, which is great, begins at 3:05.  I like the whole thing, though.




  1. Posted October 31, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I loved that bit, especially the Tucker Carlson “look” at around 5:00. Bill Maher is a rare talent.

    • GBJames
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      I like him, too, when he’s not off on one of his anti-vax ramblings.

      • Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        I really don’t understand where he gets his anti-vax opinion from. He doesn’t even have any kids, right? It kind of takes the edge off his support for anthropogenic climate change if it based on party loyalty rather than science.

  2. Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Maher is often an asshole but he’s a principled asshole. And he has moral courage, so lacking in public life these days. We need more like him.

  3. yazikus
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be dressing as an Extreme Angler, I think. Should I be worried?

    • GBJames
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      You should if you encounter someone dressed as Extreme Anger!

    • eric
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      As long as you’re not obtuse.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      AS an avid angler myself, I’m reminded of Samuel Johnson’s definition of a fishing rod as “a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.” 🙂

  4. Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    He got in a “nice” racist Uncle Tom jab at Kanye.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      How was that racist? Kanye is deranged, quite unrelated to his colour, are we supposed to not notice that ‘cos he’s black?

      Maher also got in a jab against Hilary – two, in fact, though one of them was a back-hander against the ‘lock her up’ faction.


    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      I understand Kanye has renounced his recent political activity, contending he’s been used to spread messages he doesn’t believe in.

      • Posted October 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted November 1, 2018 at 2:51 am | Permalink

          What are you contending is being asserted without evidence?

      • Posted November 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        “Who produced that thing in my pants?”

  5. CAS
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink


  6. rickflick
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I usually enjoy Maher. This is an especially strong bit. He’s insightful and fun and represents classical liberalism quite well. (I think he’s not such a great interviewer though. Not patient enough as we saw in his chat with Jonathan Haidt).

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      I think the time constraints of his show, and the comedy format, aren’t conducive to in-depth interviews.

      I thought Maher did a pretty good, more probing interview of Barack Obama in 2016.

      • rickflick
        Posted October 31, 2018 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

        Yes, you’re right. I watched the Obama interview again and (Wow! What a decent man! I miss him), Maher was very restrained. I think he was in awe of Obama and it damped down his impulse to interject his own agenda.

  7. eric
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Having just returned from trick or treating with my kid, I saw a cleopatra, a pocahontas, a mexican wrestler type, and a bunch of pirates…and no parent who got upset about any of it. Didn’t see any geishas or hunchbacks though. Loads of superheros and princesses, and not a few dinosaurs.

    If some ctrl-lefties want to complain about appropriation, I guess I don’t really care as long as they stay on the internet and don’t actually go out and harangue kids about it. Because as far as I can tell, the parents with the kids aren’t doing any haranguing.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 31, 2018 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      It seems the triggered folk ripen with age. 😉

      • Mark R.
        Posted October 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        I thought my comment needed clarifying. Since the triggered folk seem to be college students, I was thinking the kids you saw who “appropriated” might only be triggered by this when they get a bit older.

        I’m glad the adults were adults.

    • darrelle
      Posted November 1, 2018 at 6:08 am | Permalink

      Donald Trump visited my house last night. Twice.

  8. Posted November 1, 2018 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

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