Bill Maher returned from break to send a pretty blunt message to the terrorists in France this week: “go f*** yourself.” Maher applauded the bravery and courage of the Charlie Hebdocartoonists in the face of threats from “assholes in Paris.”
Between this and North Korea being upset about The Interview, Maher considered “no joking” to be the major theme of the past month. Though considering Sony caved for a while and Charlie Hebdo is coming out with another issue next week, Maher said, “Congratulations, Sony, you put up less resistance than the French!”
Maher also addressed the big elephant in the room: Islam. He mockingly said of the terrorists, “They are, as everyone suspected, Amish.” Maher also loved the irony of how one of the terrorists was killed in a Kosher deli.
Bill Maher talked radical Islam with Salman Rushdie and observed, “When there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard.”
Maher went down a line of terrorist attacks since 9/11, and both he and Rushdie agreed this is more than a “mutation” in the Muslim religion. Maher brought up his infamous debate with Ben Affleck, wherein Sam Harris called Islam “the motherlode of bad ideas,” and Maher claimed, “The terrorists and the mainstream share a lot of these bad ideas.”
Rushdie was personally bothered by the “I’m for free speech, but…” brigade, coming out in defense ofCharlie Hebdo… sort of. He told Maher the West must not “give a fucking inch” when it comes to free expression and standing against such radicalism. Besides, he asked, “what would a respectful political cartoon look like?”
Watch the video below, via HBO:
On the 7 January 2014 edition of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bill Maher reacted to the Islamist attack in Paris by beseeching his ideological fellow travelers to “turn toward the truth” about the Muslim world’s opposition to “liberal principles.” Maher underlined that “hundreds of millions of [Muslims] support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this. What they say is – oh, we don’t approve of violence, but you know what? When you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.”