Bill Maher skewers right-wing idiots who hate Occupy Wall Street

  • Published on October 22nd, 2011

Bill Maher skewers critics of Occupy Wall StreetBill Maher got a great rant going at the end of yesterdays show. He just skewers the right-wingers who are (so far unsuccessfully) trying to frame Occupy Wall Street as a bunch of lazy hippies – rather than the reality, that it is an amazingly diverse cross-section of real America.

Here’s what he has to say:

And finally, New Rule: Republicans have to stop calling the Wall Street protesters “hippies”.  Yes, they’re peeing outdoors, and having sex in sleeping bags, or as Bristol Palin calls it, “dating”.  But they’re not hippies!

The hippies are all gone.  Woodstock was 42 years ago.  Forget the brown acid, the people who were at Woodstock are now taking the blue Viagra.  “Turn on, tune in, drop out“, refers to their hearing aids.  Wavy Gravy is 75 years old.  He’s making wavy gravy in his pants.

… Of course conservatives want to make this about hippies, because they like to live in the past!  Rush Limbaugh, who really is too square to be a drug addict, said, “When the free drugs run out, when the free sex runs out, they’ll get bored and move on to something else.”

Oh that’s right, Grandpa.  Look at them, strumming their sitars and wearing dungarees.  Whatever happened to the good old days of segregation and date rape?  But I get it.  You’re bitter because we fought a culture war in the ’60s and the Right lost.  Rick Santorum is like that Japanese soldier on the island who doesn’t know the war is over, so he’s still fighting against birth control and butt sex.

Plus, Republicans are now mostly a Southern party, and if there’s one thing Southerners don’t do well, it’s lose a war and get over it.  (audience applause)  But that war is indeed over.  The ideals of the youth movement became assimilated into American society.  That’s why we have gays in the military now, and pre-natal yoga classes, and tofurkey.  And that’s why Rick Santorum will never be President, and a black guy who snorted cocaine is.  (audience applause)

It’s also why there’s not going to be a repeat of what happened the last time the hippies were in the streets.  Those hard hats that you’re depending on to turn against the lousy hippies?  Heh.  Here’s what they’re doing now.  They’re cheering them on. (audience applause)  Because now, the hard hats are just as broke as everybody else.

These people down there, they’re not the counter-culture.  They’re the culture. (audience applause)

They don’t want free love.  They want paid employment.  (audience applause)

They don’t hate capitalism.  They hate what’s been done to it. (audience applause)

And they resent the Republican mantra that the market perfectly rewards the hard-working and punishes the lazy, and the poor are just jealous moochers who want a handout.  Yeah, because if there’s one group of people who hate handouts, it’s Wall Street.

Now with embedded video! Watch the whole thing….

We can’t embed the video here, alas, but y0u can Go to the Real Time with Bill Maher website and watch the entire show (which includes guests Rachell Maddow and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson). (via)

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.
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  • robert

    Doug, easy buddy. He may no be smart and Jesus may be a lot like Santa, by there’s no reason for hostility… well except for all of the religious persecution, brainwashing, extortion for your soul, and executions. Oh, nevermind.

  • Clay

    Dear Bill,

    You are a big disappointment. You are influencing kids to be evil liberals like you.
    A while ago you said that the south is dumb. Well I live in Mississippi and I am very smart. You are making mean jokes about God and Jesus! Don’t expect to have a great afterlife with that look at things. Please, look into Christianity, it could really do a lot for you. I would hate to see you suffer in hell.

    • Doug

      You don’t sound very smart to me, bubba. I hate to break it to you, but your god and Jesus aren’t going to be in any afterlife (assuming there is one). Your Bible, its absurd war god and (the liberal hippie) Jesus are all cheap hand me downs from earlier man-made religions, scriptures and tribal deities. If you were as smart as you think you are you would know that. Study up! At a real school this time, not your parent’s basement.

      Christianity is a crock of BS just as ridiculous as Greek mythology, and has been a plague to human equality, freedom, progress and knowledge from day one.

      Please, do the world & human civilization a favor and take your threats of hellfire back to the Dark Ages along with yourself and the rest of your mindless ilk.

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  • William Holder

    Jeremy – you and Bill should know that there are hippies. You can see them every year here at something called the LEAF festival. Yes, they come from all corners of society. Some of them reside here permanently (WNC).

    I’m not a fan of the banks but I have little sympathy for those that accepted credit they couldn’t afford.

    The fact is we have grown from 1 billion to 7 billion in just over 150 years. We are adding 90 million more people every year. Unlike the inexact science of AGW, there is no debate about the continued growth of our population. We will have around 12 billion people in 2100.
    This doesn’t pair well with increases in efficiency that are and have been occurring simultaneously.When you have too much of something it has little value – we have little value. Increasingly, even skilled labor is easily replaced because of technological advances.

    I suspect that at some point we would want to stabilize our population. Unlike AGW and the introduction of Green technology (which isn’t particularly labor intensive), there is no immediate ecconomic benefit in restricting population growth. Quite the opposite, it would be devestating for many decades but may ultimately offer us a more equitable future and a better balance with the planet.

    It should be pointed out that the economic benefits of green tech will not flow to you and me – just the 1 percenters, we get higher energy bills. That’s no service to impoverished people around the world. With 20,000 kids dying every day from preventable causes – half of those from malnutrition, this focus on AGW would be better applied to a critical look at the state of our world today.

    Most of the evils attributed to AGW in the future are actually in process now, the result of our ever burgeoning population (thanks to advances in medicine and a great climate).

    Technology has helped feed us, it has fueled prosperity for many, it has afforded many – unprecedented levels of convenience and comfort. We will count on continued advances in science, technology and the resulting efficiencies to meet the needs of our people – but I don’t think we can count on these advances to provide good jobs for everyone and certainly not the 12 billion people we expect to have soon.

    Maybe, I’m too attached to the past and the (seemingly today) idyllic world I grew up in of the 60’s and 70’s. We may have had our problems but the world seemed to offer more promise – of course we had only half the people then and everything including our future was wide open. Virtually all we see around us came about within the last 100 years – that’s a lot of development and growth. We can’t sustain this – so what happens now? It may be the latter half of the 20th century represents the greatest epoch of man (maybe that’s not saying much) unless someone smarter than me can figure out how to reconcile population growth and efficiency and population growth with the environment.

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