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Bill Maher manages to put a misogynist spin on the Gaza crisis

Oh, good.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 18, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 10:38 pm CDT

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.

Here, should you have been so fortunate to miss it, is the analogy that bad Twitterer and garbage human Bill Maher thought best summarized the deteriorating situation in the Middle East:

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.

Photo by Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2014, 11:37 am CDT