Bill Maher Tries to Clarify Stan Lee Remarks by Slamming the Value of Comic Books

Bill Maher attempted to clarify his controversial remarks over Stan Lee’s death, but he’s only dug himself a deeper hole.

Bill Maher weighed in on the controversy surrounding his remarks over Stan Lee’s death by throwing even more shade at comic books and comic book movies. The HBO late night host appeared on “Larry King Now” and explained that he hadn’t been paying attention to the backlash since he “doesn’t follow every stupid thing people lose their shit about” on social media. Following Stan Lee’s passing earlier this month, Maher took to his “Real Time” blog on November 17 to criticize fans for idolizing Lee through tribute posts and essays.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” Maher wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

Stan Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment responded to Maher’s blog post earlier this week, calling his remarks “disgusting.” The statement read, “Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings.”

Maher clarified his post to King by saying he didn’t mean to “take a swipe at Stan Lee.” Maher said he was commenting on the culture at large as the Stan Lee tributes held comic books and comic book movies in a regard that Maher finds ridiculous.

“I am agnostic on Stan Lee,” Maher said. “I don’t read comic books. I didn’t even read them when I was a child. What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb fucking culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.”

You can watch Lee and Maher’s conversation in the video below.

Bill Maher Hits Back at Critics of Stan Lee Op-Ed: ‘Talk About Making My Point For Me’ (Video)

Bill Maher clarified his comments made in a recent op-ed he wrote on his website in the wake of Marvel creator Stan Lee’s death. The “Real Time” host said he wasn’t criticizing Lee personally but rather the culture that celebrates comic books.

Maher defended his piece in the wake of the backlash and said that people getting so angry about it is proof of his point.

“Talk about making my point for me,” Maher said in an interview on “Larry King Now.” “It certainly wasn’t a swipe on Stan Lee.”

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Maher said he only recently learned about the backlash to his op-ed and was glad he can generally ignore and avoid every social media firestorm. He also said that he knows little about Lee and never read comic books, not as an adult or as a child, but reiterated that his op-ed was a criticism of the culture at large.

“I’m agnostic on Stan Lee,” Maher said. “What I was saying is a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb f—ing culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.”

Maher’s op-ed, written within days of Lee’s passing, dismissed comic books as kids stuff, saying that Americans decided to never grow up and move on from the comic books that Lee helped popularize.

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“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

The HBO show host also slammed the newly popularized term “adulting,” saying, “And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it ‘adulting,’ and act like it’s some giant struggle.”

Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment sent an open letter to Maher criticizing his comments.

“Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the letter reads. “These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle.”

Watch the clip of Maher on “Larry King Now” above.

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Bill Maher clarified his comments made in a recent op-ed he wrote on his website in the wake of Marvel creator Stan Lee’s death. The “Real Time” host said he wasn’t criticizing Lee personally but rather the culture that celebrates comic books.

Maher defended his piece in the wake of the backlash and said that people getting so angry about it is proof of his point.

“Talk about making my point for me,” Maher said in an interview on “Larry King Now.” “It certainly wasn’t a swipe on Stan Lee.”

Maher said he only recently learned about the backlash to his op-ed and was glad he can generally ignore and avoid every social media firestorm. He also said that he knows little about Lee and never read comic books, not as an adult or as a child, but reiterated that his op-ed was a criticism of the culture at large.

“I’m agnostic on Stan Lee,” Maher said. “What I was saying is a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb f—ing culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.”

Maher’s op-ed, written within days of Lee’s passing, dismissed comic books as kids stuff, saying that Americans decided to never grow up and move on from the comic books that Lee helped popularize.

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

The HBO show host also slammed the newly popularized term “adulting,” saying, “And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it ‘adulting,’ and act like it’s some giant struggle.”

Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment sent an open letter to Maher criticizing his comments.

“Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the letter reads. “These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle.”

Watch the clip of Maher on “Larry King Now” above.

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Stan Lee’s Company Slams Bill Maher’s ‘Disgusting’ Response to Comic Book Legend’s Death

Stan Lee’s company POW! Entertainment posted an open letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher that chided the Marvel icon after he died on Nov. 12. Maher’s initial blog post criticized American adults for taking com…

Stan Lee’s company POW! Entertainment posted an open letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher that chided the Marvel icon after he died on Nov. 12. Maher’s initial blog post criticized American adults for taking comic books seriously and questioned the validity of Lee’s legacy. In response, Lee’s company […]

Stan Lee Team Fires Back at Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Remarks on Grieving Fans

POW! Entertainment published an open letter calling Maher’s remarks “frankly disgusting.”

Stan Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment responded sharply to Bill Maher in an open letter published November 19. The team fired back at comments made by Maher in a November 17 blog post in which the controversial HBO late night host criticized fans of the comic book genius for mourning his death. Stan Lee passed away November 12.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” Maher wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

The POW! Entertainment team stood up for Stan Lee in the wake of Maher’s comments, writing, “Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings.”

“To say that Stan merely inspired people to ‘watch a movie’ is in our opinion frankly disgusting,” the open letter reads. “Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls.”

Read POW! Entertainment’s full response to Maher in the letter below.

“Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to ‘watch a movie’ is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider ‘adulting,’ because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say ‘Nuff said, Bill,’ but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: ‘With great power there must also come — great responsibility!’

-Team Stan”

Stan Lee’s Team Responds To Bill Maher’s “Disgusting” Comments About Marvel Legend And Comic Books

In a response to Bill Maher’s recent remarks about the death of Stan Lee and comic books, the Marvel legend’s team at POW! Entertainment posted an open letter to the Real Time host that criticized his commentary he posted over the weekend.

In a response to Bill Maher’s recent remarks about the death of Stan Lee and comic books, the Marvel legend’s team at POW! Entertainment posted an open letter to the Real Time host that criticized his commentary he posted over the weekend. On the Real Time With Bill Maher blog (not on his show) Maher recognized that the world is mourning Lee's death but then went on to say that Lee “inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie” with his signature sarcasm. He also…

Stan Lee’s Team Slams Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Commentary About Late Comic Book Creator

Stan Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment has written an open letter in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher, calling Maher’s comments in the wake of Lee’s death, “frankly disgusting.”

“Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility,” the open letter reads.

Over the weekend, “Real Time” host and comedian Maher wrote an op-ed dismissing comic books as kids stuff, saying that Americans decided to never grow up and move on from the comic books that Lee helped popularize.

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“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

Maher also said,  “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

The open letter from Lee’s team responds to Maher’s gripe about the term “adulting” and specifically argues that Lee did more for society than merely inspire people to “watch a movie.”

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“Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the letter reads. “These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle.”

Read the whole letter below:

Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

-Team Stan

Lee passed away on Nov. 12 at the age of 95.

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Stan Lee’s team at POW! Entertainment has written an open letter in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher, calling Maher’s comments in the wake of Lee’s death, “frankly disgusting.”

“Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility,” the open letter reads.

Over the weekend, “Real Time” host and comedian Maher wrote an op-ed dismissing comic books as kids stuff, saying that Americans decided to never grow up and move on from the comic books that Lee helped popularize.

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

Maher also said,  “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

The open letter from Lee’s team responds to Maher’s gripe about the term “adulting” and specifically argues that Lee did more for society than merely inspire people to “watch a movie.”

“Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the letter reads. “These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle.”

Read the whole letter below:

Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

-Team Stan

Lee passed away on Nov. 12 at the age of 95.

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Bill Maher Heckles Adult Comic Book Lovers for Mourning Stan Lee’s Death

“Real Time” host Bill Maher is taking the heat for heckling adult comic book lovers, questioning the legitimacy of comic books as a medium, and disrespected the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium.

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote about Lee’s passing in a blog post on his website Saturday. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

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Although the comedian said he has nothing “against comic books,” he added that when he was growing up “comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”

“But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff,” he said. “And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.”

Maher concluded: “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

Ex-CIA officer and current “Batman” comic book writer Tom King responded with a clever tweet.

‘Nuff said. pic.twitter.com/FXXpvuzCyL

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) November 17, 2018

“Deadpool” creator Robert Liefeld chimed in, “Yes, it’s great that we now carry our childhood affections and artifacts into adulthood with apology.”

My only comment about Bill Mahr’s comment is focused on the fact that, yes, it’s great that we now carry our childhood affections and artifacts into adulthood without apology. Confirmed!! Victory!!

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) November 17, 2018

Comic book artist Greg Capullo tweeted, “I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself.”

I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself. ????????????????

— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) November 17, 2018

“Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding ‘blog post’ is no shock,” wrote a Twitter user. “He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people’s work.”

Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding “blog post” is no shock. He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people‘s work. He’s a “comic” that people laugh at and agree with and then fancy themselves smart & progressive. #RIPStanLee pic.twitter.com/VeEylaEj0w

— Daradol (@Daradol1) November 17, 2018

“I don’t know and don’t particularly care who Bill Maher is. I just know that anyone who pisses on people for mourning a man who helped make them happy is a titanic waste of space,” added another Twitter user.

DC Comics writer Tom Taylor also weighed in:

Bill Maher dismissed an entire storytelling medium?
Wow. He’s so highbrow.
His brow is so high, there’s probably less room for a mind.

— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) November 17, 2018

Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher is taking the heat for heckling adult comic book lovers, questioning the legitimacy of comic books as a medium, and disrespected the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium.

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote about Lee’s passing in a blog post on his website Saturday. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

Although the comedian said he has nothing “against comic books,” he added that when he was growing up “comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”

“But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff,” he said. “And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.”

Maher concluded: “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

Ex-CIA officer and current “Batman” comic book writer Tom King responded with a clever tweet.

“Deadpool” creator Robert Liefeld chimed in, “Yes, it’s great that we now carry our childhood affections and artifacts into adulthood with apology.”

Comic book artist Greg Capullo tweeted, “I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself.”

“Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding ‘blog post’ is no shock,” wrote a Twitter user. “He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people’s work.”

“I don’t know and don’t particularly care who Bill Maher is. I just know that anyone who pisses on people for mourning a man who helped make them happy is a titanic waste of space,” added another Twitter user.

DC Comics writer Tom Taylor also weighed in:

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Bill Maher Doesn’t Understand Why People Are Mourning Stan Lee

He even links the Marvel Comics creator to Donald Trump.

Stan Lee died at 95 this week, and millions are mourning his loss. Bill Maher isn’t one of them, as the ever-controversial “Real Time” host has published a blog entry in which he downplays the Marvel Comics creator’s legacy and even links him to Donald Trump.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher writes. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

He suggests that, though he read comic books as a kid, the assumption used to be that you’d grow out of them and move on to “big-boy books without the pictures” upon reaching a certain age.

Then something happened: “Adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.” Now comic books are studied on college campuses, and “when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it ‘adulting,’ and act like it’s some giant struggle.

Maher adds that, though he doesn’t think people have gotten stupider, “we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff.” Then there’s his closing sentence, which is especially pointed: “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.” Read his full thoughts here, and feel free to note the irony that Maher made a cameo in “Iron Man 3”:

 

Bill Maher Needs Drugs to Cope With the Nonstop Craziness of the Trump Years (Video)

During the “New Rules” segment of “Real Time” on Friday, Bill Maher touched on the wild week that just ended, and how Trump’s behavior toward pretty much everything is both terrifying — and exhausting enough to want to give up.

After first giving viewers his permission to take the rest of the year off from politics — and then calling Trump “the Santa Claus of chaos” and “the gift that never stops taking,” Maher reflected on the nonstop stress volcano of paying attention to politics during his administration.

“Each morning you confront the news, with the same thought that Stormy Daniels said she had when sat next to her on the bed: Ugh. Here we go,” Maher said. “Every day it seems like it’s the same thing. You open your news feed. Facepalm.”

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“Now, all year long, and going back to before the election, I have been calling the Trump phenomenon a slow moving coup. Well this week it started moving a little faster,” Maher continued, referencing acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. “In third world dictatorships, the chief law enforcement officer’s main qualification is he doesn’t enforce the law. Officials of independent mind are hounded out, or shoved aside.”

Then he turned his attention to Trump’s lack of transparency and relationship with the press. “For a coup to work, it is necessary that truth has to be destroyed. As well as the people who try to report it. So the dictator is free to say anything and his followers believe it,” Maher said.

Maher then said that Fox News is now state TV, “where the reporters openly endorse the leader, and we have people overseeing the elections they are running in,” referring to Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

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Next he quoted Rudy Guiliani, “Trump’s semi-liquid mob mouthpiece,” who said earlier this year that “truth isn’t truth.”

“So ‘truth isn’t truth,’ the press is the enemy of the people, there are ‘alternative facts,’ ‘there’s no proof of anything,’ ‘what you see and hear isn’t what’s happening,’ and at some point people go ‘you know what? Fine, f— it. Truth isn’t truth, facts aren’t facts, what I see isn’t happening, nothing is real and nothing to get hung up about, strawberry fields forever,’” said Maher.

“Please pass the joint — or some crack, because I can still reason, and it hurts,” he concluded.

Watch the whole clip below:

For a coup to work, It is first necessary for truth itself to be destroyed as well as the people who try to report it. #PressFreedom #CNN pic.twitter.com/y3Xix6QtYc

— Bill Maher (@billmaher) November 10, 2018

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During the “New Rules” segment of “Real Time” on Friday, Bill Maher touched on the wild week that just ended, and how Trump’s behavior toward pretty much everything is both terrifying — and exhausting enough to want to give up.

After first giving viewers his permission to take the rest of the year off from politics — and then calling Trump “the Santa Claus of chaos” and “the gift that never stops taking,” Maher reflected on the nonstop stress volcano of paying attention to politics during his administration.

“Each morning you confront the news, with the same thought that Stormy Daniels said she had when sat next to her on the bed: Ugh. Here we go,” Maher said. “Every day it seems like it’s the same thing. You open your news feed. Facepalm.”

“Now, all year long, and going back to before the election, I have been calling the Trump phenomenon a slow moving coup. Well this week it started moving a little faster,” Maher continued, referencing acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. “In third world dictatorships, the chief law enforcement officer’s main qualification is he doesn’t enforce the law. Officials of independent mind are hounded out, or shoved aside.”

Then he turned his attention to Trump’s lack of transparency and relationship with the press. “For a coup to work, it is necessary that truth has to be destroyed. As well as the people who try to report it. So the dictator is free to say anything and his followers believe it,” Maher said.

Maher then said that Fox News is now state TV, “where the reporters openly endorse the leader, and we have people overseeing the elections they are running in,” referring to Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

Next he quoted Rudy Guiliani, “Trump’s semi-liquid mob mouthpiece,” who said earlier this year that “truth isn’t truth.”

“So ‘truth isn’t truth,’ the press is the enemy of the people, there are ‘alternative facts,’ ‘there’s no proof of anything,’ ‘what you see and hear isn’t what’s happening,’ and at some point people go ‘you know what? Fine, f— it. Truth isn’t truth, facts aren’t facts, what I see isn’t happening, nothing is real and nothing to get hung up about, strawberry fields forever,'” said Maher.

“Please pass the joint — or some crack, because I can still reason, and it hurts,” he concluded.

Watch the whole clip below:

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Like two guys sitting around a campfire trying to frighten their scout troop, Bob Woodward and Bill Maher sat together on stage and scared the bejeezus out of Real Time viewers.
Woodward ostensibly came to Maher’s HBO late-night show to promote his boo…

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Barbra Streisand Talks Donald Trump With Bill Maher, Urges Media To Stop Covering Rallies

“Real sadness, as well as anger I must say, motivated me,” Barbra Streisand told Bill Maher about the act of making her new album, Walls.
“I couldn’t sleep nights. The photographs in my head – the pictures of the children being …

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Bill Maher Complains That Halloween Costumes Are Too ‘PC’

Bill Maher picked an interesting week to say Halloween has become too politically correct. He spoke out just days after Megyn Kelly’s hour of “Today” was canceled and her NBC future was threatened By her defense of blackface in costumes on her show.

But Maher didn’t even allude to Kelly during his commentary, which came at the end of the “New Rules” segment on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.” Instead, Maher talked about how frustrated he was that liberals have become “the fun police.”

He started by poking fun at conservatives, noting that Halloween is “a reminder of everything they hate: fun, imagination, paganism, walking, gay pride, women dressing provocatively, kids demanding free hand outs.”

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But then he pivoted to what he called “the trap we walk into every year.” Saying that he doesn’t care what people go as for Halloween, he complained that “the office of ‘scolding justice warriors’” has “decreed no hula girls, no Indian chiefs, no Southern belles, no ninjas, gypsies” and so on.

“Not everything that merely alludes to another culture is racist, or cultural appropriation,” he continued. “Halloween was always fun because it wasn’t PC. Not being PC was almost the whole point of the holiday. But now everything has to turn into a federal case of snowflakes v. humor.”

Maher then said that “the majority of America is with the Democrats on the issues, they just find the ‘woke’ people irritating as hell,” citing a recent poll which asserted that 80 percent of Americans consider political correctness to be a problem.

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“If you’re not a statistician, let me break those numbers down for you: nobody likes you,” Maher continued. “When did liberals become the fun police? Does anybody remember when conservatives were the ones with sticks up their asses? We went from ‘yes we can’ to ‘oh no you didn’t.’”

But before you ask, Maher also didn’t bring up, or defend, blackface.

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Bill Maher picked an interesting week to say Halloween has become too politically correct. He spoke out just days after Megyn Kelly’s hour of “Today” was canceled and her NBC future was threatened By her defense of blackface in costumes on her show.

But Maher didn’t even allude to Kelly during his commentary, which came at the end of the “New Rules” segment on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.” Instead, Maher talked about how frustrated he was that liberals have become “the fun police.”

He started by poking fun at conservatives, noting that Halloween is “a reminder of everything they hate: fun, imagination, paganism, walking, gay pride, women dressing provocatively, kids demanding free hand outs.”

But then he pivoted to what he called “the trap we walk into every year.” Saying that he doesn’t care what people go as for Halloween, he complained that “the office of ‘scolding justice warriors'” has “decreed no hula girls, no Indian chiefs, no Southern belles, no ninjas, gypsies” and so on.

“Not everything that merely alludes to another culture is racist, or cultural appropriation,” he continued. “Halloween was always fun because it wasn’t PC. Not being PC was almost the whole point of the holiday. But now everything has to turn into a federal case of snowflakes v. humor.”

Maher then said that “the majority of America is with the Democrats on the issues, they just find the ‘woke’ people irritating as hell,” citing a recent poll which asserted that 80 percent of Americans consider political correctness to be a problem.

“If you’re not a statistician, let me break those numbers down for you: nobody likes you,” Maher continued. “When did liberals become the fun police? Does anybody remember when conservatives were the ones with sticks up their asses? We went from ‘yes we can’ to ‘oh no you didn’t.'”

But before you ask, Maher also didn’t bring up, or defend, blackface.

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Bill Maher Is Pretty Bummed About Kavanaugh Too: ‘This Is How You Run a Train on Democracy’

Bill Maher had only one thing on his mind at the start of Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” and chances are it was the exact same thing you’ve been thinking about all day: Brett Kavanaugh
“Well you gotta bite the bull…

Bill Maher had only one thing on his mind at the start of Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” and chances are it was the exact same thing you’ve been thinking about all day: Brett Kavanaugh

“Well you gotta bite the bullet,” Maher said during his monologue. “They’re gonna do it. They’re gonna confirm Judge red solo cup.”

Maher was referring to the news Friday that Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin both said they intend to vote for Kavanaugh on Saturday. This brings the total number of yes votes in the Senate to 51, making confirmation essentially certain.

“Now the big question is, where does beer go to get its reputation back?” Maher joked.

Maher noted that for liberals it’s been a rough week and that the only thing that cheered him up was the video showing Donald Trump board Air Force 1 with what looks like toilet paper stuck to his show.

“Two things about that are very sad. One: the toilet paper is very embarrassed. And two: that is the FBI report,” a reference to the FBI’s less than one week-long investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

Maher then ran down the reported restrictions on the investigation, including its limited scope, short window of time, and small number of agents assigned to it. “This is how you run a train on democracy,” he said, referencing the accusation by Julie Swetnick that she was gang raped at a high school party attended by Kavanaugh.

Maher wound things down by talking about the op-ed Kavanaugh published in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, in which he attempted to explain his demeanor during his hearing a week ago. “I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said,” Kavanaugh wrote.

To that, said Maher: “Good to know your next Supreme Court justice sounds just like an abusive husband trying to talk his way back into the bedroom.”

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‘Has Bill Maher Lost His Mind?’: Steve Bannon Interview Strikes a Nerve

Bill Maher caught heat from his “Real Time” fans after he welcomed Steve Bannon to Friday night’s show, with one viewer tweeting, “Stop giving these a–hole airtime.”

Maher kicked off the interview calling the former White House chief strategist and executive chairman of the far-right’s Brietbart News “one of the most influential [people] around” and thanking him for his openness to appearing on his show – unlike many Democrats. Maher said Bannon’s appearance speaks volumes about why Republicans are in power.

At one point Maher complimented Bannon while pointing out that he championed Sarah Palin and then Donald Trump. “I think you look for morons who are empty vessels that you can put your ideas in,” Maher said.

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Bannon defended Trump, calling him “incredibly smart” and said his motive for igniting the trade war with China was to bring back jobs to America. When Maher tried to get Bannon to talk about the many “racists” in the populist movement, Bannon didn’t bite.

You can watch the full video at the bottom of this page.

The absence of rebuttal or follow-up questions from Maher drew ire from many liberal viewers. Here are just a few:

“What the hell happened to Bill Maher?” one Twitter user asked. “This spectacle of basically letting Bannon say whatever he wants, unchallenged, is just sad.”

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What the hell happened to Bill Maher? I mean, he’s always been a bit of a jackass, but he used to at least be a confrontational, in-your-face fighter in debates. This spectacle of basically letting Bannon say whatever he wants, unchallenged, is just sad. https://t.co/HgJzPjTIjo

– Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) September 29, 2018

As opposed to what Bill Maher wants you to believe, it’s NOT courageous to give a national platform to white Supremacists like Steve Bannon-But Maher did that last night. It’s courageous to crush bigotry but Maher didn’t do that- he gave Bannon a massage https://t.co/5IK2i8Xok9

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) September 29, 2018

Ugh Steve Bannon is on tonight’s Bill Maher. Stop giving these assholes air time

— HuskiesFan91 (@Go_Dawgs_91) September 29, 2018

Has Bill Maher lost his mind??

He has Steve Bannon on. Thanks him for being on the show. Says it speaks volumes about why the Republicans are in power. Says Hillary never came on and maybe she would be president if she were more confident.

IS THIS THE F*CKING TWILIGHT ZONE?

— Enid-Raye Adams (@enidrayeadams) September 29, 2018

Agreed. There’s no need to give #SteveBannon a “voice” for his racist rants!!

— Metro McGurk (@metrofla) September 29, 2018

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@billmaher if you ever put Steve Bannon on your show again I WILL PERMANENTLY CUT YOU OUT OF MY LIFE!!
DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!!#boycottbillmaher

— DeAnn Ryals (@DeAnnRyals) September 29, 2018

Am I really seeing Bill Maher relate to and defend steve Bannon?! Dude, you are too high to see how stupid this is. #RealTime

— trevor dorn (@trevordorn) September 29, 2018

The Hobo King was on your show. Not the 1st time you’ve tried to debate a ridiculous Nazi. You’re turning into the #MSM normalizing this shit. Wow! Congrats! You’re the King of Free Speech. #RealTime #BillMaher #SteveBannon #TrumpNazi pic.twitter.com/x3Hc1w2AtW

— Cap’n Jack Horner (@imhallucinating) September 29, 2018

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Bill Maher caught heat from his “Real Time” fans after he welcomed Steve Bannon to Friday night’s show, with one viewer tweeting, “Stop giving these a–hole airtime.”

Maher kicked off the interview calling the former White House chief strategist and executive chairman of the far-right’s Brietbart News “one of the most influential [people] around” and thanking him for his openness to appearing on his show – unlike many Democrats. Maher said Bannon’s appearance speaks volumes about why Republicans are in power.

At one point Maher complimented Bannon while pointing out that he championed Sarah Palin and then Donald Trump. “I think you look for morons who are empty vessels that you can put your ideas in,” Maher said.

Bannon defended Trump, calling him “incredibly smart” and said his motive for igniting the trade war with China was to bring back jobs to America. When Maher tried to get Bannon to talk about the many “racists” in the populist movement, Bannon didn’t bite.

You can watch the full video at the bottom of this page.

The absence of rebuttal or follow-up questions from Maher drew ire from many liberal viewers. Here are just a few:

“What the hell happened to Bill Maher?” one Twitter user asked. “This spectacle of basically letting Bannon say whatever he wants, unchallenged, is just sad.”

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Bill Maher Says Trump Is a Lot Like God (It’s Not a Compliment) on ‘Real Time’

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher said Donald Trump’s popularity with evangelical Christians is due to how much Trump resembles God. That wasn’t a compliment, as Maher demonstrated with an extremely Trump-esque reading of the Ten Commandments.

The segment came during “New Rules,” where Maher first took a victory lap over the increase in nonreligious Americans since the release 10 years ago of his anti-religion movie “Religulous.” He then rebutted the argument that atheistic societies like the Nazi Germany, Stalin’s USSR and Mao’s China were far worse — by saying those regimes were in fact state-sponsored religions.

Next, the topic of Trump voters, who Maher said are into POTUS because he’s very similar to televangelists. “He’s got Jim Baker’s hair, and Tammy Faye’s makeup. He’s immune to sex scandals. He has a sham university. He doesn’t pay taxes,” Maher joked.

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But, said Maher, Trump most resembles the Old Testament version of God — in Maher’s words, “a petty, vindictive rageaholic who loved Israel” and was “obsessed with loyalty, not morality. Then he gave his Trumpean reading of the Ten Commandments.

“Commandment one: Thou shalt have no other gods. Other gods are fake news! I am the greatest god in history with the best brain,” Maher said, affecting Donald Trump’s accent and manner of speech.

“Commandment two,” Maher continued. “Only make statues of me. I am the only bronze-colored thing you should bow to. And don’t make the hands small, ’cause they’re not. And neither is something else, I guarantee.”

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Maher described the third commandment as “when you say bad things about me, it’s very unfair, VERY UNFAIR! No other god has accomplished what I did in six days, that I will tell you.”

And about the fourth commandment, the order to keep the Sabbath holy, Maher said: “You must spend one day a week not doing anything but talking about how great I am.”

Maher then said that though four spots out of ten are “variations of ‘stroke my ego’ and ‘kiss my a–,’” absent from the list are things like rape, child abuse and slavery.

“There’s only two people I can think of that would do that,” Maher said as he ended the segment. “God, and Donald Trump.”

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Earlier in the episode, Maher kicked things off by chatting with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. The two talked about how Bannon was disinvited from the New Yorker Festival, Trump’s competence, and Democratic setbacks, and then argued over whether Trump’s base, and populism in general, are racist.

That led to a blunt assessment from Maher when the interview ended: “You’re good to come here, but history is not gonna be kind to you.”

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On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher said Donald Trump’s popularity with evangelical Christians is due to how much Trump resembles God. That wasn’t a compliment, as Maher demonstrated with an extremely Trump-esque reading of the Ten Commandments.

The segment came during “New Rules,” where Maher first took a victory lap over the increase in nonreligious Americans since the release 10 years ago of his anti-religion movie “Religulous.” He then rebutted the argument that atheistic societies like the Nazi Germany, Stalin’s USSR and Mao’s China were far worse — by saying those regimes were in fact state-sponsored religions.

Next, the topic of Trump voters, who Maher said are into POTUS because he’s very similar to televangelists. “He’s got Jim Baker’s hair, and Tammy Faye’s makeup. He’s immune to sex scandals. He has a sham university. He doesn’t pay taxes,” Maher joked.

But, said Maher, Trump most resembles the Old Testament version of God — in Maher’s words, “a petty, vindictive rageaholic who loved Israel” and was “obsessed with loyalty, not morality. Then he gave his Trumpean reading of the Ten Commandments.

“Commandment one: Thou shalt have no other gods. Other gods are fake news! I am the greatest god in history with the best brain,” Maher said, affecting Donald Trump’s accent and manner of speech.

“Commandment two,” Maher continued. “Only make statues of me. I am the only bronze-colored thing you should bow to. And don’t make the hands small, ’cause they’re not. And neither is something else, I guarantee.”

Maher described the third commandment as “when you say bad things about me, it’s very unfair, VERY UNFAIR! No other god has accomplished what I did in six days, that I will tell you.”

And about the fourth commandment, the order to keep the Sabbath holy, Maher said: “You must spend one day a week not doing anything but talking about how great I am.”

Maher then said that though four spots out of ten are “variations of ‘stroke my ego’ and ‘kiss my a–,'” absent from the list are things like rape, child abuse and slavery.

“There’s only two people I can think of that would do that,” Maher said as he ended the segment. “God, and Donald Trump.”

Earlier in the episode, Maher kicked things off by chatting with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. The two talked about how Bannon was disinvited from the New Yorker Festival, Trump’s competence, and Democratic setbacks, and then argued over whether Trump’s base, and populism in general, are racist.

That led to a blunt assessment from Maher when the interview ended: “You’re good to come here, but history is not gonna be kind to you.”

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Bill Maher: Trump’s Narcissism Is a ‘Serious, Dangerous Mental Illness’ (Video)

Bill Maher took a shot at President Trump’s mental wellness on Friday’s “Real Time,” saying his narcissism “isn’t a quirk like having a fear of clowns… it’s in the Big Book of Crazy.”

With the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment — the one about removing a president who is incapacitated – in the news these days, Maher flashed a photo of Trump on the screen and asked, “Someone has to explain to me if it wasn’t written specifically for this guy, then who is it for?

“I know that everyone knows by now that Trump is a narcissist, but we have to stop treating that like it’s an unfortunate personality tick and start treating it like what it is: a serious, dangerous, mental illness,” he added.

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Maher said that Trump’s narcissistic tendency “isn’t a quirk like having a fear of clowns or calling your wife ‘mommy.’ It’s in the Big Book of Crazy. Trump sets up a hundred bombs a week and we chase all of them.”

All of the POTUS’ “flaws,” Maher said, are “outgrowths from one thing.”

“Narcissism is why Trump can be a traitor and think he’s a patriot, because it’s like what JFK said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for ME,’” Maher joked. “And narcissism is why we have a foreign policy based entirely on whether or not when our leader meets your leader, he thinks they like him,” Maher continued.

“All you gotta do is say something nice. Donald Trump is the world’s cheapest date!”

Watch Maher’s New Rules in the clip above.

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Bill Maher took a shot at President Trump’s mental wellness on Friday’s “Real Time,” saying his narcissism “isn’t a quirk like having a fear of clowns… it’s in the Big Book of Crazy.”

With the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment — the one about removing a president who is incapacitated – in the news these days, Maher flashed a photo of Trump on the screen and asked, “Someone has to explain to me if it wasn’t written specifically for this guy, then who is it for?

“I know that everyone knows by now that Trump is a narcissist, but we have to stop treating that like it’s an unfortunate personality tick and start treating it like what it is: a serious, dangerous, mental illness,” he added.

Maher said that Trump’s narcissistic tendency “isn’t a quirk like having a fear of clowns or calling your wife ‘mommy.’ It’s in the Big Book of Crazy. Trump sets up a hundred bombs a week and we chase all of them.”

All of the POTUS’ “flaws,” Maher said, are “outgrowths from one thing.”

“Narcissism is why Trump can be a traitor and think he’s a patriot, because it’s like what JFK said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for ME,'” Maher joked. “And narcissism is why we have a foreign policy based entirely on whether or not when our leader meets your leader, he thinks they like him,” Maher continued.

“All you gotta do is say something nice. Donald Trump is the world’s cheapest date!”

Watch Maher’s New Rules in the clip above.

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Michael Moore Says He ‘Loves’ Obama: ‘May Not Have a Better President in My Lifetime’ (Video)

Michael Moore opened up about his opinion of Barack Obama, telling late night host Bill Maher that he “loved” the former president and he might be the best person to serve in office for the rest of Moore’s life.

“I love President Obama; we may not have a better president in my lifetime,” Moore said Friday while stopping by “Real Time With Bill Maher” to promote his new documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Moore said that while he was a committed Democrat who supported both Bernie Sanders and later Hillary Clinton, he was not afraid to be tough on everyone for their actions while in office.

“I think it’s great I do this to. You go after the Democrats. That’s what friends do. They’re honest with their friends. Cowards don’t,” said Maher, lauding the filmmaker. “You are very brave in this. You say very unflattering things about Clinton and Obama and Hillary.”

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Moore talked at length about what he said was President Obama’s failure to properly handle the crisis in Flint, including a “stunt” where the president supposedly drank uncontaminated water from the city.

“He said it wasn’t a stunt — and it was — and it just put a knife in the heart of so many people in Flint who were hoping he could come and bring the Army Corps. of Engineers, dig up these poison pipes and replace the pipes in the city,” said Moore. “He didn’t do that.”

Watch Moore’s complete interview with Maher in the clip above.

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Michael Moore opened up about his opinion of Barack Obama, telling late night host Bill Maher that he “loved” the former president and he might be the best person to serve in office for the rest of Moore’s life.

“I love President Obama; we may not have a better president in my lifetime,” Moore said Friday while stopping by “Real Time With Bill Maher” to promote his new documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Moore said that while he was a committed Democrat who supported both Bernie Sanders and later Hillary Clinton, he was not afraid to be tough on everyone for their actions while in office.

“I think it’s great I do this to. You go after the Democrats. That’s what friends do. They’re honest with their friends. Cowards don’t,” said Maher, lauding the filmmaker. “You are very brave in this. You say very unflattering things about Clinton and Obama and Hillary.”

Moore talked at length about what he said was President Obama’s failure to properly handle the crisis in Flint, including a “stunt” where the president supposedly drank uncontaminated water from the city.

“He said it wasn’t a stunt — and it was — and it just put a knife in the heart of so many people in Flint who were hoping he could come and bring the Army Corps. of Engineers, dig up these poison pipes and replace the pipes in the city,” said Moore. “He didn’t do that.”

Watch Moore’s complete interview with Maher in the clip above.

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Michael Moore wants people who see his new documentary film Fahrenheit 11/9 to come away understanding why this country is “not a democracy if you’re sitting on the bench.”
“Everybody has to participate,” he told HBO&#8217…

Michael Moore wants people who see his new documentary film Fahrenheit 11/9 to come away understanding why this country is “not a democracy if you’re sitting on the bench.” “Everybody has to participate,” he told HBO’s Last Week Tonight host Bill Maher. “What this movie shows is why sometimes people stay on the bench,” Moore explained as Maher’s opening guest. The film, Moore acknowledged, is “a bit of a balancing act” because it’s listed as “Michael Moore’s Trump…