Bill Maher found himself in yet another explosive controversy this week after airing a controversial segment on Real Time about the LGBTQ community.
The host started his monologue, displaying statistics showing an identifiable increase in the number of Americans identifying as LGBTQ. Maher responded to the digital graph, telling viewers, “if we follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2054.”
Whilst Maher was evidently making a joke, it seems many online are not satisfied with the HBO host’s rhetoric. The Real Time host went on to ask viewers whether it was moral or okay to question the statistics.
Maher went on to discuss the use of transgender medical treatment in young people, doubting it’s good, exclaiming it was “literally experimenting on children”.
LBGT Network head: Bill Maher comments “harmful and homophobic”
David Kilmnick, a known head of the LGBT network is one of the most recent figures to denounce Maher’s comments, who has called for the HBO star to be cancelled.
Writing an article for Advocate Magazine, Kilmnick told readers, “I am calling for the LGBTQ+ community and supporters of LGBTQ+ youth to boycott HBO until Real Time With Bill Maher is removed from its platform. Maher has gone too far.”
Whilst calls are being made for Maher’s resignation, it’s unlikely we will see the network drop Maher from it’s primetime list. This certainty does not mark the first time Bill Maher has stirred up fury online after making controversial statements on his late night talk show. The network have continued to air Real Time despite it all, even pairing up with the host to exclusively produce the host’s comedy specials.
Kilmnick concluded his piece, writing, “Our actions and voices will send a loud message that these types of careless and negligent behavior and speech will not be tolerated.”