For the primary episode of Real Time With Bill Maher in simply over a month, host Bill Maher was joined by a fascinating assortment of visitors: two folks, best-known for his or her work as actors, there to advertise their different artistic tasks; and a panel consisting of two controversial writers whose work has been up for dialogue rather a lot within the final month. And, as befitting the at-home setting of the present, Maher additionally made ample use of canned applause, snort tracks and archival clips of individuals clapping throughout his opening monologue.
Maher’s first visitor was Kerry Washington, there to debate her new film The Fight, a documentary in regards to the ACLU. Maher and Washington’s dialog coated quite a few topics, from the ACLU’s contentious relationship with presidents of the previous to Rep. John Lewis’s latest funeral. The arc of their dialog adopted the trail one would possibly anticipate: Washington spoke in regards to the continued relevance of the ACLU’s work, whereas Maher identified that the ACLU has traditionally defended folks on all sides of the political spectrum.
Maher’s interviews with Carrey and Washington have been each one-on-one; the center of the episode centered on a panel that includes Bari Weiss and Thomas Chatterton Williams. “You two are troublemakers,” Maher mentioned — and segued right into a dialogue of the latest Harper’s letter about “cancel culture” and Weiss’s recent resignation from The New York Times. Given Maher penchant for provocation, this alternative of visitors wasn’t shocking. It additionally made for a panel the place there was little, if any, disagreement among the many panelists — which didn’t all the time make for notably gripping viewing.Th
“It’s actually an act of generosity, when you have someone like Malcolm Gladwell or someone like J.K. Rowling sign a letter like this and make it so that these people feel less alone and let them know that there is some support for the views that they have,” Williams mentioned, concerning the Harper’s letter’s signatories — however making little point out at that time of some of Rowling’s more unsettling beliefs. (Williams later cited Rowling as somebody who had been “strong enough to survive” their very own encounter with a hostile on-line response.)
Closing out the episode was Jim Carrey, there to debate his new guide Memoirs and Misinformation. Maher owns one among Carrey’s politically-charged work — which he held up through the interview — and Carrey’s forays into artwork have been one among a number of factors their dialog touched on. Most memorable have been Carrey’s offhand references to different movies — together with Maher and Carrey speculating about what a model of Home Alone would possibly seem like with Carrey within the lead.
Carrey additionally in contrast the present administration to the movie Die Hard: “It’s Nakatomi Plaza, only Bruce Willis is on the wrong side.” For Maher’s half, he dubbed Memoirs and Misinformation “a book that could only be written by a Canadian.”
Maher closed out the episode by exhorting his viewers to eat higher, noting that COVID-19 impacts folks adversely because of their weight. (Though there’s some debate over this.) For such a wide-ranging episode, criticism of the physique positivity motion appeared like an sudden place to finish issues for the week. At least we obtained a glimpse of what Jim Carrey’s take on Kevin McAllister would have been like.
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