Viral Bill Maher Knocks Excessive 'Patriotic Bulls**t,' Militarism at US Sporting Events
Comedian Bill Maher questioned why there is so much "patriotic bulls**t" at U.S. sporting events.
Maher made the remark on his HBO show "Real Time" on Friday while discussing rumors that the NFL is considering eliminating cheerleaders at games.
"Why don't they just take away the militarism?" Maher said. "I kind of like the cheerleaders -- maybe that makes me a sexist. But why do we have to mix football, you know, the season just started, with so much of this patriotic bulls***? You know, the flyovers and the flag on the field and the singing?"
He called out Major League Baseball for having "God Bless America" performed mid-game after the national anthem is sung before the game.
"Like I forget what country I'm in after six innings?!" he joked.
On "America's Newsroom" on Monday, Carley Shimkus joined the chorus of voices who have condemned Maher's remarks.
That’s why I don’t watch Bill Maher and quit watching NFL. Hope they both go down in a blaze of glory!
— Ted (@floridasailor1) September 17, 2018
Bill Maher, if you don't like the USA, then Leave!
— EricLovesTheUSA (@EricLovesTheUS1) September 17, 2018
Bill Maher is a nothing more than a dirtbag! He sure loves making his money and enjoys the protection of the fallen!
— jeff brian diamond (@jeffbriandiamo1) September 17, 2018
@billmaher if kneeling to our National Anthem or singing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch bothers you, that young men & women have died so that you can criticize in front of your audiences is demonizing. Where is your respect for our military?
— Bradsan2 (@bradsan2) September 17, 2018
@HBO You can keep Maher... Dropping your service
— paulsherock (@sherock09) September 17, 2018
Bill Maher has demonstrated his hate for honoring those who served and this country, not watching him
— Ed Egger (@ed_egger) September 17, 2018
"Why not celebrate this country during a game where two American cities are playing each other in a stadium filled with Americans? Why not honor heroes who deserve praise and applause so much and so rarely get it?" Shimkus said.
She noted that even most athletes who kneel during the national anthem have made it clear that they mean no disrespect to the military or law enforcement with their demonstrations.
"It almost seems like that is exactly what Bill Maher was trying to do," Shimkus said. "On the week of the September 11th anniversary, for him to come out say this, there's something wrong with that narrative."