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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bill Maher Supports SOPA

As anyone who follows my blog can tell, I vehemently disagree with Bill Maher on pretty much everything. However, I do consider him to be a broken clock in that, even though he’s mostly wrong, he occasionally gets a few things right, like how 9/11 Truthers are batshit insane, or how Islam is not equal to Western culture.

Unfortunately, last night was not one of those occasions where he was right, and one of the many where he was wrong—dead wrong!

On his show Real Time last night, Maher came in defense of SOPA, complaining about how internet piracy stole profit away from his crappy anti-religious propaganda film documentary Religulous and how people only hate the bill because they’re freeloaders who want free shit.

But perhaps the most ironic part was how his guest panelist Buddy Roemer, a Republican presidential candidate, corrected him on his bullshit (mostly due to him not having read the bill). A right-winger the voice of reason on a far-left show? Maher’s pothead moonbat audience must have had their brains explode on that one (what little brains they had)!
In perhaps what was the biggest surprise of his show tonight, Bill Maher defended the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, even as the bill has been temporarily shelved, arguing that “there is a moral dimension” to online piracy and dismissed concerns that the bill would harm internet freedom as a “red herring.” He jokingly called online piracy “caucasian looting” and insisted that even if pirates are ‘just because you’re sitting at your computer in your pajama bottoms doesn’t mean you’re not stealing.”

Maher admitted that he has not read the proposed legislation, which could penalize websites that merely link to infringing material, but he explained that his more hawkish views in the piracy debate came from his reaction to online users downloading illegal copies of Maher’s comedy-documentary Religulous. Maher claimed so many people downloading the film ate into its profits.

However, Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer came out strongly against it, arguing the whole point of the bill was to give the government more power to manage the internet. Matt Lewis, contributor for The Daily Caller, brought up the controversial provision of SOPA, that if a link to any pirated material is found on a website and someone (like a copyright holder) makes a complaint, the government could take the website down in response. And with Jennifer Granholm getting applause for her praise of internet advocacy, Maher was alone in voicing any support for the bill, quipping that the protestors’ main goal was “We want more shit!”

Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO:

Another irony is that Maher has been in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is supposed to be for the 99% and against the 1%; but by supporting SOPA, he is supporting the 1% over the 99%, as this bill, supported largely by the entertainment industry (the 1%), would destroy jobs (for the 99%).