Bill Maher invited conservative commentator, Dave Rubin to his podcast studio this week. From the get-go, Maher was keen to press Rubin on a number of issues.
The two began debating the worth of the Coronavirus lockdowns, taking California’s strict COVID policies apart.
Lockdowns to abortion
Despite the two agreeing on the excessive authority used to combat the pandemic, Maher did take issue with Rubin’s analogy of providing the ‘My Body, My Choice’ slogan to the debate. That phrase, famously belonging to pro-abortion activists and women’s rights campaigners.
“That’s an unfair analogy because we’re talking about a different life that’s not my life. I am pro-choice but I’ve always said – I totally understand their side,” Maher explained.
He continued: “And I don’t like it when people say ‘Oh they just hate women. They don’t hate women. They think it’s murder.”
Whilst quickly moving onto the topic of abortion, Bill Maher did admit to understanding pro-life attitudes.
Strangely enough, in just eight minutes, the two then pounced on the issue of modern medicine. Bill, as usual, was keen to reiterate his scepticism over complete trust in science.
Maher and Rubin were visibly cheerful and engaged for much of the discussion. Regardless, users across Twitter have shared a number of awkward and testy moments.
An hour into the episode, Maher challenged Rubin on the guest’s continued mention of his new book release.
The Club Random host blurted out, “If you bring up that fucking book one more time”.
Rubin confidently replied in defence, “I don’t even think I said the name of the book. It wasn’t a heavy promotion that I was doing here, but anyway, it’s a great book. You’re gonna really love it.”
Maher’s new podcast has found itself to be somewhat of a breeding ground for uncomfortable moments. Just a few episodes in, Maher’s new show made headlines after the host released an episode with Bella Thorne. Maher was accused of acting insensitively towards the guest, mocking the growing trend of anxiety amongst young people.
A drink in and an hour on the clock, the podcast conversation turned slightly more heated as the two discussed the authenticity of Trump’s political persona.
Rubin, keen to argue Trump’s off-the-cuff personality deserves recognition, was quickly put down.
“That’s such a dumb thing to say,” Bill exclaimed. “The fact that he’s authentic is not the most important thing.”
Watch the full episode in its entirety above.