Since when has it been OK to make jokes about the sexual abuse of children?
HBO’s Bill Maher seems to think that our society has “evolved” to that point, and his audience obliged him by laughing.
During his late night talk show (WARNING: Strong profanity) on Saturday, Maher addressed the confrontation between a group of Covington Catholic high school boys, a Native American activist, and a black supremacist group following the March for Life rally and Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C.
Maher correctly mentioned that the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as having racist and anti-Semitic extremists as members, triggered the whole incident by shouting hateful slurs at the Covington boys.
But he incorrectly repeated a debunked claim that one of the high schoolers, Nick Sandmann, got up into Native American activist Nathan Phillips’ face and smirked at him. Phillips actually approached Sandmann and continued to beat his drum and chant loudly while the high schooler stood there without saying anything.
Despite the mainstream media quickly taking back their original reporting, which suggested Sandmann acted hatefully, Maher still seemed to think Sandmann was a disgusting teenager worthy of the harshest rebuke.
“I don’t blame the kid [Sandmann], the smirking kid,” Maher said, before adding, “I blame lead poisoning.”
“And bad parenting,” he continued. “And, oh, yeah, I blame that f------ kid. What a little pr---.”
“Smirk face,” he nicknamed him. “Like that’s not a d--- move at any age to stick your face in this elderly man.”
But as if that wasn’t bad enough to say about a minor who, not only has been absolved of blame but has been receiving death threats, Maher took it a whole lot further.
“I don’t spend a lot of time, I must tell you, around Catholic school children, but I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids,” the talk show host said with a smile, making a clear reference to children who have been sexually abused by Catholic priests.
Despite the absolutely disgusting nature of his joke, the audience laughed and applauded.