Instead of clashing in typical liberal vs. conservative fashion, HBO’s Bill Maher’s interview with Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow became a mutual condemnation of today’s political rhetoric.
Maher’s liberal-leaning audience apparently appreciated the fact that recent incidents of celebrities and media types calling for Trump’s assassination might not sit well with those who support the President.
“If Obama was Julius Caesar and he got stabbed, I think liberals would be angry about that,” Maher noted, referencing the controversial play that features President Trump as Julius Caesar being stabbed to death.
“Oh, absolutely. It would be bedlam in the media,” agreed Marlow, adding, “The same thing with the Kathy Griffin thing, with holding up President Trump’s head with blood on it, which was not funny. It was bizarre performance art.”
“I disagree with that too,” said Maher. “I don’t think they should have Trump playing Julius Caesar and getting stabbed, and I hate Trump. So we’re agreeing that there are some places where free speech does pause.”
“It’s bad strategy certainly to put that out there because they all look like hysterical lunatics,” Marlow pointed out.
Both men agreed that corporations should not have so much influence on free speech.
In fact, Time Warner, which owns HBO, is also a corporate sponsor of the production “Julius Caesar,” which is currently playing in New York’s Central Park. Protesters shouting “stop leftist violence” interrupted Friday night’s performance.
“What’s happened is that corporations are now deciding what’s free and fair speech, who can make a living, what opinions can make a living saying,” Marlow said. “Now you’re seeing the right fight fire with fire and want boycotts of when the left takes it too far in their Trump hatred. It’s a very dangerous path we’re on. People on the left and the right who are free speech advocates need to come together and say that corporations are not going to define the First Amendment and free speech in this country.”
His statement elicited applause from the audience.
Maher talked about the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice this week that wounded four, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who remains in critical condition but is improving.
He asked, “Do you think Breitbart with the politicization it is involved in, has any responsibility for the kind of violence that we see in our society, including what happened this week?”
“Absolutely not,” answered Marlow.
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