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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Bill Maher asks for apology disarmament


No time for contrition. (Janet Van Ham - AP)
In a New York Times op-ed, HBO star Bill Maher nails some killer points. He calls for an end to hollow outrage; he proposes a fun idea to cure the country of its craving for umbrage; and he does it with wit:

I have a better idea. Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.
If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth.

If only he had the credibility to go along with the writing and the riffing.

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Tags:  bill maher, new york times, apologies

 
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