Talk:Bill Maher

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I have a slight disagreement with Bill Maher being called a germ-theory denialist. According to this he agrees that vaccines can be useful, but seems to disagree about vaccines being useful in first world countries (or perhaps drawing from his statements, for wealthy inhabitants of first world). This seems to go along with the his idea that germs only effect those in ill health. I do not know if he made a later comment expressing a different opinion and I do not know if he is lying, but I wished to bring this article to the attention of those who edit this page. I will take no action until others have weighed in on the matter. Reflections of Memory 20:11 6 February 2010

This quote is on his wikipedia article: ""What I've read about what they think I'm saying is not what I've said. I'm not a germ theory denier. I believe vaccinations can work. Polio is a good example. Do I think in certain situations that inoculating Third World children against malaria or diphtheria, or whatever, is right? Of course. In a situation like that, the benefits outweigh costs. But to me living in Los Angeles? To get a flu shot? No." Perhaps calling him a denier is unfair, though his stance is certainly unorthodox . --Danfly (talk) 22:06, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

If that's the case, his position has changed from a few years back:
He has promoted the "generic toxins and bad diet cause most illness, and modern medicine is a Big Pharma conspiracy to keep you sick" bullshit. It wasn't so much "Germs don't cause disease." as "Germs can't cause disease in previously healthy individuals." Which would indeed lead to the above conclusion, that there's no point in inoculating people from the first world, but malnourished people in the developing world might need vaccines. It would still make him a moderate denialist in that he doesn't think germs are able to infect healthy people. --Quantheory (talk) 04:07, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Can someone play with this so that every sentence doesn't begin with "Maher"? Scarlet A.pngmoral 13:23, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

Why the fuck id this article positive? The man effectively is a microbiology denialist! ArchieGoodwin (talk) 23:07, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
Hell if I know. ТyrannisAn iron, but caring, fist 18:47, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
Agreed. Also, this article should definitely reflect this man's ridiculous ideas about GM foods (Monsanto is the devil, etc etc)Alexparky (talk) 05:13, 7 June 2013 (UTC)
Good point, but I was also hoping to read here about how Maher has stated his belief in astrology and numerology for decades, all the while calling himself a skeptic, and while there are plenty of sensible arguments against nuclear power and GMO's (not that I agree...) Maher isn't one to make them. I'm reminded of how Michael Shermer has pointed out that when it come to anti-science the left has plenty of 'splainin' to do, and Roger Ebert commented about many progressive's wacky beliefs [1], but then Ebert himself believed cell phones caused cancer. Even when Maher is on the right side of an issue, he seems unable to phrase a defense (such as in countering Dennis Prager's comments about intelligent design). Everyone should stop projecting the noble status of rationality onto Maher. He's as much a crank as the worst of 'em. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs
Oh, and I had to throw this one in:[2] "now it has 9%" in reference to current O2 levels. Wow. Environmentalists everywhere probably say "Stay off our side!" — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Went to his show[edit]

He's still pretty good at stand up. His shows feel short though and had quite a few groan moments as he sets up jokes. Anybody ever go to see him? Zero (talk - contributions) 05:10, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Maher has finally gone off the deep end...[edit]

The man hosted anti-vaxxer moonbat RFK Jr on his 4/24 show. Seriously. [3] DaL33T (talk) 07:05, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Yep. Have we not put this in the article? I know it was in the WIGOs. Narky SawtoothNarky.png (Nyarnyar~) 07:10, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Only his previous anti-vaxxer history. DaL33T (talk) 00:25, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Outdated position?[edit]

" In his opinion, there is no such thing as a left-wing extremist. Apparently, the Party[wp] failed to find him.[3] " LOL. But no, he does understand that there are left-wing extremists. TofuTyphoon (talk) 00:42, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

His politics[edit]

Maher has frequently said that liberals are "his tribe". Should we include this in the discussion of him being a libertarian or not? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 00:30, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

What exactly is Maher denying?[edit]

So before the "denialism" category turns into edit war fodder... What exactly does he deny? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:08, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

It's not "edit war fodder"; it's a category that's been on the page for years for reasons that are made clear in the article text if you would only take a moment to read it before making demands & wasting everyone's time. ωεαşεζøίɗWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 19:20, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
Denialism is an awfully broad word.... Maybe put him in the category of things he is actually denying? Notably the benefit of vaccines? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 20:54, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
Your concern is noted. WeaseloidWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 22:10, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
Sure, ignore everything I say... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 12:19, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

Sam Chachoua[edit]

Apparently RFK Jr. wasn't enough, he invited a crank who claims to be able to cure cancer and HIV. Quackwatch has a bit about him, so maybe we want to make an article? Or just add this to Maher's anti-science plunge? Aman 1:04, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Horseshoe theory in action[edit]

I've been watching clips from Maher's show on Youtube (I enjoy his comedic style) and I've noticed that he's been inviting more and more fringe individuals on his talk panel (Milo, Coulter, and recently Peterson). My point is his article should reflect this, especially seeing as this tendency appears to be worsening. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:58, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

Agree. I think he's already fringe at this point. He's hopeless. Facepalm --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 01:24, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

No Longer Liberal?[edit]

@BluePink I understand all your category edits except the one removing "liberal." Maher still looks like a liberal to me. I don't think Maher has advocated for smaller government, or the idea that less-privileged classes should be ignored. He still is a kind of liberal.Ariel31459 (talk) 14:14, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

@GrammarCommie Make your case about Islamophobia in this space.Ariel31459 (talk) 00:11, 1 March 2020 (UTC)