Someone canceled their Real Time appearance because of Milo Yiannopoulos

Bill Maher (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
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After Bill Maher booked Milo Yiannopoulos on Real Time this week, a journalist has already cancelled their appearance.

When it was announced on Wednesday that Real Time was booking alt-right journalist Milo Yannopoulos, it raised a few eyebrows. Bill Maher has never been shy about letting both sides of the conversation have a voice on his show, and it’s partly what helps him stand out among other poltical talk shows that carry an agenda.

Make no qualms about it, is not a conservative and he’s not pushing liberal agenda. He exists solely in his own views and that’s something that has made him both friends and enemies on both sides of the isle.

But sometimes he crosses bridges that others don’t want to follow him across. Last year he stirred controversy when he went hard in the paint about his criticism that Islam is a hateful religion, which launched an attack from the left. This time around, Bill is getting heat for booking the outspoken and hateful Yiannopoulos.

Jeremy Scahill, who was scheduled to be a guest on this week’s show, posted on Twitter that he was canceling on his appearance on Real Time due to Yiannopoulos

Scahill is well within his rights to cancel on Maher’s show and shouldn’t be killed for backing out. He’s not cowering in fear or hiding from the shadow of Yiannpoulos. He’s simply trying to not be associated with his television appearance.

That being said, it’s worth noting that Maher was chastised in similar fashion to Yiannopoulos when UC-Davis decided to cancel a speech he was slated to give following his comments about Islam last year.

While the similarities between the two end there, it’s worth pointing out that Maher has deeper reasons to bringing Yiannopoulos onto his show aside from ratings and attention.

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Catch this week’s episode of Real Time this Friday at 10pm ET on HBO.