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After what many on the right viewed as a liberal hit on Fox News host Tucker Carlson, pro-Trump trolls are gunning for comedian Bill Maher over old jokes in an apparent bid to strike back at the left and a perceived double standard.
Problem is, some on the left don’t seem to like Maher anyway and are totally cool with him being fired.
It all started over the weekend when audio and transcripts of Carlson were resurfaced in an article published by Media Matters for America highlighting grievous comments made on the radio between 2006 and 2011—when Carlson would call into a radio program hosted by shock jock “Bubba the Love Sponge.”
Some comments presented were sexist against women while in others dealt with child sexual abuse and “defended statutory rape.”
As Carlson, however, refused to apologize, his supporters, who viewed the entire article as a hit job, began to draw equivalences with past comments and jokes about pedophilia made by liberal host Maher.
Bill Maher: How can a woman rape a 12-year-old? pic.twitter.com/KxRaOIkBmJ— Jack Posobiec ☘️☘️☘️ (@JackPosobiec) March 11, 2019
Just wondering if Media Matters is going to go through all the hosts on @CNN & @MSNBC for any discrepancies in their past. Oh, and what about @BillMaher? Funny, @mmfa only targets conservative hosts like #TuckerCarlson & bullies their sponsors.— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) March 11, 2019
One user shared a particularly famous clip from a 1998 episode of Maher’s show Politically Incorrect in which he appeared to jokingly condone pedophile teacher Mary Kay Letourneau’s abuse of her 12-year-old student.
It quickly became clear, however, that not everyone on the left is a fan of Maher. Some, in fact, would like to see Tucker and Maher both fired.
Conservatives: if you cancel Tucker Carlson you have to cancel Bill Maher too. Ha! Now what— Emily M (@emilynm41) March 11, 2019
Posobiec: "You want to ruin Tucker Carlson? Well, we are going to ruin Bill Maher!"— Manga Carta (@Notintheface1) March 11, 2019
The left: pic.twitter.com/OjedalChBg
I know conservatives are fucking stupid so they think Bill Maher is a good defense of Tucker Carlson. Fuck both of them. Unlike right-wing imbeciles we don’t defend bullshit. https://t.co/d7jqM8RRay— Clipsluv (@clipsluv) March 11, 2019
This would be masterful whataboutism if you didn’t egregiously underestimate how little liberals give a shit about Bill Maher.— Jaime Robledo (@Roblizzle) March 11, 2019
Jokes aside, the far-right seems to be launching another coordinated hit job on a high-profile celebrity.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.