Bill Maher had his first show since #MeToo became a thing. He shared a few points many of us agree with (see #MeToo Fail: Even the NYT is Defending Aziz Ansari and Watch: Joe Rogan Discusses the Potential #MeToo Backlash). #MeToo is fine. #MeCarthyism? That’s where we run in to trouble.
I have a penis. And while I admit that having one does predispose a human to being aggressive and over-sexed, I don’t concede that it makes me automatically wrong about everything, and I say that as a true supporter of the #MeToo movement. I even wore black to the Golden Globes. I was home watching TV but still––I wore black. But I was also mourning the ability to think rationally. I’m down with #MeToo, I’m not down with #MeCarthyism.
Apropos of nothing…
Maher nailed the left’s attitude that everything is rape, including things that aren’t rape. Rape and whipping your junk out without being asked are somehow both equally bad? Rape is worse. That should be common sense. Self-evident. Instead, saying there are distinctions gets you labeled anti-woman and pro-rape. This is how the left thinks. Or doesn’t think.
Which Bill Maher tried to explain in a way leftists would understand.
Mike Pence and ISIS are both homophobic. But Mike doesn’t throw gay men off the roof, so he’s better. This isn’t that hard.
Most of you disagree with the Mike Pence crack. That’s fair. Just remember who Maher’s audience is, and to whom he was trying to make a point. Don’t go and get outraged over a joke you don’t like, throwing out his entire point for a silly reason.
I support #MeToo. I still stand by my prediction that in 2018 #MeToo is going to treat Washington DC like Harvey Weinstein treats actress coming off the bus from Iowa. Anyone who has girl friends working in politics is stocking up on popcorn and Milk Duds. But it’s a disservice to women who have suffered from actual abuse, to equate people who got too drunk at a bar and texted something stupid. Which is Maher’s point.
Side note: I agree with Bill Maher about the Minnie Driver tweet. But I still thought it was hysterical to see Matt Damon blasted by his ex-girlfriend. Multiple things can be true at once.