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Saturday, September 15, 2007I've never been a fan of Bill Maher. (Uh oh, here we go again, with me shocking all my readers who won't believe that I'm actually a conservative Republican.)
While I understand that liberals and "progressives" find him amusing and think the vitriol with which he attacks Bush and conservative causes is amusing, I find him unimaginative and trite. (Oh and did I mention crass?) I've had things I care deeply about insulted by him enough to not be surprised anymore.
My liberal readers on the other hand, may be surprised.
Maher talked about breastfeeding in public on his HBO show this past week and it was NOT pretty. (Nor amusing, though Drew Carey seemed to think so.)
The overall rant was that
A.) Maher shouldn't have to see a child breastfeeding when he's out in public
B.) Moms that want to breastfeed in public are lazy
C.) Breastfeeding in public is no different than masturbating in public
D.) Breasts should only be seen in public if they're on display for his pleasure
E.) Lactivists are petty little women fighting for a stupid cause (Hmm...that one sounds familiar...)
Interestingly, Maher seems to have lived under a rock for the past decade, at least in terms of breastfeeding in public. He claimed that last weekend's Applebee's nurse-in was the "first ever" nurse-in. Umm... ok. Way to do your research there Bill.
Some choice quotes from his tirade:
"I'm not trying to be insensitive, your baby needs to eat, but so do I. If I'm at Applebee's, I'm already a little nauseous. Let's not add to it!"
"Breastfeeding a baby is an intimate act and I don't want to watch strangers performing an intimate act...unless I'm paying for it."
"There's no important principle at work here other than being too lazy to plan ahead or cover up."
"It's not fighting for a right, it's fighting for the spotlight. When you go all Janet Jackson on everyone and get to drink in the "oohs" and "ahhs" from other customers because you made a baby. Something a DOG can do."
"This isn't about women taking their breasts out in public, as much as I like that. It's about how petty and parochial our causes have become. How activism has become narcissism."
"There is a place where breasts and food go together...it's called Hooters."
Want to see for yourself? Here's the clip. (Note, you'll need to "fast forward" to where there are 2 minutes and 51 seconds left on the clip to skip to the breastfeeding in public commentary.)
(Special thanks to Sara at Suburban Oblivion for pointing this out.)
Maher is the perfect example of the title he tries to thrust on lactivists. I can't see how it's anything OTHER than narcissistic to be a professed fan of Hugh Heffner and Playboy, but to take issue not only with the LEGAL right of a woman to nurse her child in public, but the very idea that mothers are willing to stand UP for that right.
In other words, it's just fine for Bill to enjoy breasts when and where he pleases, but heaven forbid a baby try to.
Apparently Bill Maher hasn't heard that breasts aren't just for selling cars anymore.
What do you think folks?