I’ve never liked Bill Maher. He hosts a smarmy show called Real Time on HBO (and used to have a show called Politically Incorrect on ABC.) But every now and then, he hits the nail on the head:
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher asked female Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa al Mansour about the obstacles she encountered as a female filmmaker on Friday and spoke out against the nation’s governing religion of Islam.
Maher noted that some nations in the Middle East are becoming more conservative in regards to Islam after the Arab Spring, which, in his view, isn’t necessarily a good thing.
“The problem is, the Arab Spring kind of turned into the Arab Winter,” Maher said. “And Saudi Arabia, I mean, is the most conservative of all. As people criticize me for what I say about the Muslims. I love all people. And it’s funny because the people that come up to me privately say, ‘Bill, I’m with you about the Muslims.’ It’s the American Muslims. It’s the liberals here who don’t quite get it. We’re not criticizing people. We’re criticizing a belief system that turns people into something we wish they wouldn’t be.”
Very interesting. That I find myself in agreement with Bill Maher. In other funnyman news, Bassem Youssef (host of the show Al-Bernameg), kidnapped John Stewart. (Stewart is in the Middle East, directing and producing ‘Rosewater,’ based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari.)