Bill Maher and guest, the rapper Snoop Lion expressed ugly homophobic falsehoods on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday night, saying children become gay adults because they were sexually abused by pedophiles. Sadly, Maher’s other guests surprisingly all sat silent and didn’t stop the attacks. Bill Maher has been a friend to the LGBT community, so it’s all the more disturbing — and unacceptable – to watch him chiming in and agreeing with Snoop Lion’s (formerly Snoop Dogg) ignorant anti-gay attack.
While discussing Keith O’Brien — the UK Cardinal who resigned this week after news broke he was recently accused of “inappropriate acts” with at least four other priests — and Los Angeles Cardinal and accused pedophile enabler Roger Mahoney, Snoop Lion said people become gay because they are sexually abused, which is an ugly, vicious lie. And Maher agreed with Snoop, rather than correct him.
Sadly, none of the other guests interjected to correct the pair’s spreading of vicious anti-gay rhetoric.
Seconds later, Snoop Lion said “man-on-woman” sex is “the way it was meant to be.”
Here’s a portion of the exchange:
SNOOP: Where I come from, the preacher hitting on people, and it’s cool?
MAHER: No, it’s not cool.
SNOOP: It is cool — it’s been going on this long it has to be cool.
MAHER: But what it is, it’s better than hitting on kids.
SNOOP: But you’ve been hitting on him since he was a kid. That’s why he became a grown man and was infatuated with that.
MAHER: That’s right. (Nods his head yes.)
SNOOP: So to me, that ain’t right.
MAHER: If they got rid of everybody in the Cardinal [sic], they would not have a quorum. If they got rid of everybody who did what Mahoney did they wouldn’t have enough to vote for Pope.
SNOOP: I got the answer. Hear me real loud… The Pope get with the nuns, so that way they can break all that boy-on-boy and go man-on-woman and that’s the way it was meant to be.
MAHER: I am so down with that. (Clapping in agreement.)
Equating pedophilia with gay sex is wrong. Claiming that being sexually abused makes a person gay is not only false, but damaging to children and teens who are sexually abused.
Maher, who certainly has supported the LGBT community, knows better. He lost his judgment and his control, and let a homophobe spread false and damaging information. Several people took to Twitter to express their anger:
@billmaher clapping for SnoopLions homophobic solutions for Catholicism is not “cool”.
— Curtis Jensen (@curtisjunk) March 2, 2013
— Shea Anderson (@SheaAnderson) March 2, 2013
@billmaher Shame Bill for agreeing with Snoop.By his logic, forcing kids to watch Drag Race will make them transgender.
— Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) March 2, 2013
Pedophilia is wrong and harmful and the Church must stand to account for its heinous abuses. We’ve written dozens if not hundreds of pieces on this. But equating pedophiles with gays, and claiming pedophilia creates gay people is wrong and ugly.
Among Maher’s other guests were California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, who risked his career to marry same-sex couples and is a strong ally, and GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who for years has supported same-sex marriage, and this week was one of 131 Republicans who signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to support same-sex marriage. While things were happening pretty quickly, it’s disappointing they didn’t interject.
But the onus was on Maher to correct Snoop Lion’s homophobia and ignorance, and he failed, miserably.
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