"Your City Was Not Leveled By Godzilla" - Bill Maher Makes Light of Boston Bombing TragedyMonica Bielanko
You know that little Boston bombing thing that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and maimed countless others and completely jacked with the hearts and minds of America?
Yeah. Bill Maher thinks we should just get over it already.
According to masslive.com
Maher spoke out on his HBO show Real Time. One of his guests happened to be none other than New York politician Anthony Weiner. You may remember that after winning the world Series at Fenway park for the first time since 1918. That’s 95 years, folks. And yet that may not even be the lasting memory of the series. During the championship parade the Red Sox players paid homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon by placing the trophy at the finish line.
What a lovely gesture, right? A way to take back the marathon and show the world you can’t be brought down by senseless terrorism.
Maher’s comment? Well, read for yourself:
“Congratulations, Red Sox. OK, so, the parade, you know, they go to the place where the marathon bombings took place and they put the World Series statue there and sing ‘God Bless America’ and sing ‘Boston Strong.’ It seems to me that the reaction to this horrific crime — you know it was, again, a bad day. Three people died, that’s terrible. More were maimed, that’s horrible. But unfortunately that happens every day in a car accident and everything else. I mean, your city was not leveled by Godzilla.”
Is he out of his mind? Sure people die every day in car accidents but it’s not every day people are standing happily at a marathon cheering people on when they’re blown up by bombs. 8-year-old Martin Richard, killed instantly in front of his family. His sister, 7-year-old Jane Richard, has just undergone her 11th surgery on her left leg, which she lost just below the knee.
And you know what? I get that comedians try to be funny and make us laugh in the face of tragedy but this was not one of those times. There was nothing funny about what Maher had to say. When Anthony Weiner is the voice of reason in the room, you’ve got a problem.
What do you think? Was Maher going for a joke that didn’t work or is he completely lacking in an understanding of symbolism and what it means to overcome tragedy?
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