Conservatives are forced, once again, to admit that Bill Maher sometimes makes a lot of sense.
The liberal host of "Real Time With Bill Maher" occasionally calls out the left for its hypocrisy and insanity, and he recently questioned a woke playwright for bending to the insane whims of the Twittersphere.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, famous for creating "Hamilton," penned the lyrics and music for "In the Heights." Pulitzer Prize winner Miranda felt obliged to apologize for the lack of diversity in his Broadway musical after a film adaptation included no Afro-Latinx.
For the record, Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent and re-imagined the Founding Fathers as Latino and black in "Hamilton." His groveling apology tweet expressed his regret for not being inclusive enough and his gratitude for the feedback from which he's learning.
While Maher cuts Miranda slack for wanting to avoid the wrath of the left, he laments the public pressure, especially on social media, to prove one's wokeness at every turn. The host claimed that this is why people hate the Democrats. He also called the woke police 'bullies' and called for everyone to stand up to them.
“I was reading also about Lin-Manuel Miranda this week, he of Hamilton fame, and, you know, he won a Pulitzer Prize for it. He’s got a new musical, ‘[In] the Heights,’ which is about Washington Heights,” Maher said. “His parents are Puerto Rican, came to this country from Puerto Rico. The book is by someone who’s half Puerto Rican. It got 96% Rotten Tomatoes. People loved it. Great reviews, for which he has apologized profusely. Why? Well, there is Latinx performers, one black lead, but no Afro-Latinx. The committee that makes note of everyone’s skin tone discovered this and then Lin-Manuel Miranda had to say, ‘I’m truly sorry, I’m learning from the feedback. I thank you for raising it. And I’m listening. I promise to do better in my future projects.’”
“This is what I was talking about with Nicki — please stop the apologizing. You’re the guy who made the founding fathers black and Hispanic. I don’t think you have to apologize to Twitter, for f*** sake. This is why people hate Democrats. It’s cringey."
“He just wants to avoid the news cycle. I don’t blame him,” he continued. “You know, I understand this. But at some point, people are gonna have to stand up to these bullies because that’s what it is. It’s just bullying. It’s I can make you crawl like a dog and I enjoy it. I mean, he’s a Latino, making a Latino movie with a Latino cast. Not good enough. Nothing is ever good enough for these people. They’re like children. We don’t raise our children right and it’s reflected in the media. No one ever tells their children, ‘Shut the f*** up, sit down, listen to your elders, stop b****ing.’”
“This is why people hate Democrats. It’s cringey” – @BillMaher re leftists denouncing @Lin_Manuel Miranda for lack of “Afro-LatinX” in his new film, #InTheHeightsMovie. #RealTime pic.twitter.com/0OI8sIQ9xg
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) June 19, 2021