Twenty-eighth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.
Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.
Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.
As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.
Every society in the world that wants to be free and evolve needs to have its share of politically incorrect boat rockers, who shake the foundations of the status quo. People that go against the grain and show the general public the real truths behind the lies of politicians and society in general, making them think about what they are listening and watching.
And if all that comes spiced with humor, then we have a winner. And that’s precisely the case with Bill Maher.
William Maher Jr. was born January 20, 1956 in New York City (NY). He was raised in River Vale (NJ) and attended Cornell University where he double majored in English and History and graduated in 1978.
And when Bill talks about his years in college is just one of his rather polemic stands. He said aloud without any shame that selling pot during college allowed him to pay for his higher education and get into comedy. Bill is a fervent supporter of marijuana legalization. He also supports same-sex marriage.
He began his career as a talk show host with the highly controversial Politically Incorrect in 1993 which morphed into Real Time With Bill Maher in 2003. His rants on Republicans, religion and celebrity shallowness are hilarious and I must say that I rarely go out on a Friday night because is a show I hate missing.
Bill was also one of the very first people to call attention for Global Warming as a real problem, when it was still seen by many as a hoax. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that he was right.
Another nice trace of his personality is that he is a PETA board member and therefore a strong animal rights supporter. He says he can’t even watch movies where an animal suffers, but if it’s people he really don’t care. Just like myself.
Some of his favorite targets for jokes are Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, former presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. About the latter, he made one of his most cruel (and hilarious) jokes when he implied that Trump was born from a love affair of his mother with a zoo gorilla.
He is hated by those people whom he jokes about but he is loved by minorities and has a great deal of respected people that supports him: Jerry Seinfeld, Eva Longoria, Ben Affleck, Michael Moore, Tom Morello, Tim Robbins and many others.
The fact that his program is doing well every Friday night, despite his harsh (and correct) criticisms of the powers that be and organized religion is also a testimony for the strength of American democracy. I don’t think there’s someone that symbolizes more the right to free speech than Bill Maher.
Therefore, here’s a New Rule: Bill Maher must immediately enter the Hall of Idols.
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