Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host went to bat for Matt Damon, who—he claims—is currently “flailing around in cancel culture quicksand.” The popular actor recently acknowledged he used to use a common gay slur while growing up in Boston, but has since stopped.
“Okay, he was late to the party. To which we could say, ‘Welcome, glad you could make it. Or we could say, ‘You came later than I did. Die,’” said Maher facetiously. He claimed the Behind the Candelabra star is “one of the most likeable guys in Hollywood, with impeccable liberal credentials.”
During an interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Damon admitted he had recently stopped using a derogatory term towards homosexuals after his daughter explained to him the offensive nature of the slur.
“There are too many people in this country motivated not by what they really believe, but by what will get Twitter to react to them with likes and retweets. That’s called bad faith,” said Maher, blasting cancel culture and headline writers – “Matt Damon isn’t a terrible person, he’s just ignorant.”
“Really? … He’s got a clean water charity and delivers food to Haiti. What have you done, Fox headline writer? And yet he is always getting pulled over by the woke police.”
You can check out the clip from Maher’s New Rule segment above.
Maher began his show talking about ageism with Martin Short and Steve Martin ahead their new dark comedy series, Only Murder in the Building, premiering on Hulu. Maher joked that Martin having “white hair when he was three” was a good move since he has always looked the same.
Martin said that he has “never ever thought of dying it.”
The evening’s panel, which included Donna Brazile (USA Today columnist and ABC News contributor) as well as Vice News national correspondent Michael Moynihan, spoke about climate change and the difficult topic of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan since President Biden sent home U.S. troops. “It’s terrible. Twenty years we were there. All for nothing,” Maher exclaimed. “It’s like when Sean Hannity went to high school.”
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