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In these moments of great global peril, it’s nice to think that we can rely on our political commentators to frame complex, controversial issues with insight and aplomb. But we can’t.
Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to kill u – u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 18, 2014
A disgusting line, to be sure, though hard to get a handle on: Is he satirizing the rigid neocon pro-Israel stance by comparing rocket fire to “justified” domestic abuse? You know what, pretend I never asked—because I’m sure many of the 2,300 people who retweeted this rubbish didn’t.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'