Bill Maher faces yet another round of criticism this week after comments made on Real Time regarding slavery.
This week, Maher spoke on recent rhetoric regarding slavery in the United States, arguing it lacks any contextual grip on the topic.
He told viewers, “The way people talk about slavery these days, you’d think it was a uniquely American thing that we invented in 1619.”
The host went on to list a number of historical eras and events in which slaves were used, including the the rule of the British Empire and the Egyptians.
“The capacity for cruelty is a human thing. Not a white thing. That’s the truth, even though it doesn’t jive with the current narrative,” he continued.
Shortly after Maher’s monologue aired this Friday, the host has received mass backlash online, with many pointing to an alleged naivety on the issue.
One user wrote on Twitter this week: “Bill Maher and Real Time have morphed from the loud voice of white grievance culture, to a quiet voice of white supremacy that’s getting louder every week.”
Others have provided contrary arguments, suggesting the host did not attempt to excuse American slavery.
“Also in no point in time during that entire rant did he excuse American Slavery – he’s simply stating that it’s neither the origin of slavery, nor the only example of it,” another tweet read.
The HBO host continues to lose a number of loyal viewers this year, with many online admitting they can no longer align with Maher’s politics.
Despite this, he continues to make the effort to suggest his left-leaning views are firm, nevertheless, angering a growing number a string of supposed misinformed comments this year.
Just last week, the host argued that the Coronavirus regulations of 2020 and 2021 were form of “indoctrination”.
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