Over the course of the last several years, a major shift has occurred in the way that Americans view standup comedy, and many believe that it’s neutering the art form as a whole.
The issue seems to be that, of late, people are taking standup comedians literally, as though the words that come out of their mouths were being spoken at some diplomatic dinner…as opposed to onstage by a paid entertainer who’s doing a bit.
As such, the woke mob has looked to “cancel” these comedians outright, all on account of their own unwillingness to apply the filter of art to their routines.
This was the subject of a heated debate on CNN this week, in which Bill Maher absolutely thrashed anchor Chris Cuomo in regard to the latest controversy over Dave Chappelle.
During an interview on Wednesday, Cuomo kicked off the discussion by claiming Chappelle has a “long history of going after trans people,” adding “the homophobia is not much of a push against him as what he says against trans people.”
Maher, who declared himself as “Team Dave,” pushed back at Cuomo’s premise of the conversation.
“Well, you say ‘going after.’ You use terms like ‘homophobia,'” Maher said. “I was speaking recently about ‘phobia.’ There’s a word that has traveled quite a bit from its original meaning. A lot of Mission Creep on that word… Phobia means an irrational fear… He’s not afraid of homosexuals. Or it’s not transphobic.”
“This trans stuff is very new. I don’t think he or myself or any other right-thinking person thinks there aren’t such things in the world as people who are trans, who are born in a body that doesn’t align with what their brain is telling them. That’s OK, but now we’re talking about children!” Maher exclaimed.
The HBO star then shared an anecdote about a female friend who described herself as a “tomboy” growing up and how she’s convinced if she were growing up today, “they would’ve made me into a boy here in California.”
Maher has been trending hard to the middle of the progressive viewpoint of late, with many on the far-left decrying his refusal to suddenly leap into unkempt progressivism.