Bill Maher believes the #MeToo movement is taking things too far.
The “Real Time with Bill Maher” star, and New York Times editor and opinion writer Bari Weiss warned about the dangers of a black-and-white movement against alleged sexual misconduct.
Weiss acknowledged the #MeToo movement was “long overdue,” but had concerns about the left-wing stance on complicated sexual misconduct cases.
“The hard left is basically saying it’s OK if a few innocent men go down with the ship if that’s what it takes to bring down the patriarchy,” explained Weiss on an episode of Maher’s show. “They hate zero tolerance on the right when it comes to drug policy but they love zero tolerance when it comes to sexual misconduct.”
Maher placed the blame on a segment of the millennial generation. “I don’t think it’s the majority of them [millennials]. I think it’s the upper-middle-class kids who grew up screaming at their parents and that was okay,” said Maher. “And they are just so f**king fragile, excuse me, I think of them as emotional haemophiliacs and the rest of us have to be so careful around them.”
He warned immediately condemning and socially convicting all perceived sexual misconduct cases could spark a “police state” on sex and love. “Who knows what to write in the card [this Valentine’s Day]?”
“You can make anything 100 percent safe,” explained Maher. “A police state, they always say, is the safest place to live. But you’re in a police state. We don’t want to do that with love.”
The “Real Time” host also defended Matt Damon, who was severely criticized several months ago for sharing similar concerns to Maher and Weiss.
“He [Damon] said nothing wrong and was getting a lot of undeserved criticism,” said Maher of Damon’s comments about the “spectrum of behaviour.”