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The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week: Bill Maher

November 4, 2019 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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The 411mania Dumpster Fire of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

So, how was your Halloween? Mine was kind of lame. On the one hand, I was able to actually celebrate the holiday this year (I’ve had other commitments the last few years that prevented me from participating), but on the other hand the weather sucked and I got no trick-or-treaters. And when I say I got none I mean I didn’t get one. So now I have multiple bags of Halloween candy that I can’t take back to the store because I bought them months ago and I don’t have the goddamn receipt for them anyway. What the hell am I going to do with all of this candy?

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I feel like, in the big scheme of things, I have two choices: eat the candy or throw it away. Eating all of the candy sounds potentially gross (look, I like Twix bars as much as the next, well, Twix liker, but do I really want to eat an entire bag of them over several weeks?) but at least it won’t go to waste. Throwing it away is, well, wasteful, but it also means I don’t have to eat an entire bag of candy. So what the hell do I do?

And what would you do? Eat the candy or throw it away? And how many of you experienced shitty weather on Halloween and now have bags of candy to deal with?

And now onto this week’s Dumpster Fire of the Week.

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This week, the 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week goes to comedian, talk show host, and now full on Dumpster Fire Hall of Famer Bill Maher, for that opening anti-vaccine segment on the most recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. On this past Friday’s show (that would be the episode that aired on November 1st, 2019, in case you’re reading this at a much later date), after the monologue, Maher had noted anti-vaccine pediatrician Dr. Jay N. Gordon as his interview guest. You would think that Maher, a noted believer in “knowledge and science,” would have taken Dr. Gordon to task for his anti-vaccine views, especially the “measles vaccine causes autism” bullshit that he apparently enjoys spreading. Instead, Maher spent the entire “interview” agreeing with Dr. Gordon’s nonsense, never once challenging him on anything. Anything.

Was it surprising? In one sense, not really, because Maher has expressed anti-vaccine sentiments in the past. From what I’ve seen and read, Maher’s anti-vaccine views come from his own personal belief/distrust of the government and big business. While it’s probably a good thing to be skeptical of both government and big business in general, it’s absolutely fucking insane to believe, in this day and age, that vaccines are unsafe and cause shit like autism. There’s no fucking evidence that vaccines cause autism! None. And there’s no fucking debate, among real scientists, on whether or not vaccines cause autism or any other disease/affliction/whatever. None.

But Maher claims that because loads of parents believe that their kids were fine until they got a vaccine, vaccines must cause autism. That must be more true, “more realistic,” than the actual evidence. How? Well, Maher and others believe it, so it must be true.

Now, when it comes to climate change and the political debate over that, Maher, rightly, hammers climate change deniers as frauds and liars and morons. When Maher has on scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Maher is totally on their side and talks about how science and evidence are what really matter. But it’s apparently totally different when it comes to vaccines, which is just ridiculous. Maher also apparently believes that you can get the flu from the flu vaccine, which is impossible. But, hey, as long as you believe it to be so that’s all you really need, right?

Maher can’t have it both ways. Maher cannot be “Mr. Science” and “Mr. Evidence” and then completely ignore actual science and evidence because it conflicts with his deeply held beliefs/paranoia. Maher should have the balls to admit that he’s dead wrong on this, that he hasn’t been thinking clearly on the subject, apologize for promoting bullshit, and then move on to promoting the things he claims to believe in: science and evidence. Of course, the odds of that happening are as good as a kid getting autism from the measles vaccine.

Remember Maher’s final big monologue at the end of his documentary on religion, Religulous, where he warns the audience that the non-religious have to find a way to stop the religiously insane from running/ruining the world? Remember when Maher said that we, as a species, need to “grow up or die?” Perhaps it’s time for Bill Maher to follow his own fucking advice.

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And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-Academy award winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., for once again being accused of sexual misconduct. Gooding, Jr. has denied every accusation, but the latest one includes video of the actor pinching a woman’s ass without her consent. How many times does Gooding, Jr. have to be accused of this behavior before he admits that he’s a predator/has a serious goddamn problem?

Jared Padalecki, for apparently getting into a big bar fight in Austin, Texas. Padalecki, known for starring in the TV show Supernatural ( he’s also apparently involved in a Walker, Texas Ranger reboot), beat up two people, and then, when the police showed up, “flashed cash,” which sure sounds like he tried to bribe the cops. What the fuck, man?

-Actor Henry Thomas, for his recent DWI arrest in Oregon. Just go ahead and read the story at the link and shake your head at how sad it is. Because that’s what it is. Sad.

-Pro wrestling company Ring of Honor, for apparently being a terrible place to work. As now former ROH employee Joey Mercury explained via Twitter over the weekend, ROH is in bad shape and has been for quite some time. Just go ahead and read the story at the link, or search for Mercury’s Twitter page, and you can read about the whole thing. It’s insane.

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