Bill Maher Doesn’t Understand Harrison Butker’s Speech Criticism

Bill Maher admitted he was confused about the latest episode of Real time about the controversy surrounding Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s commencement speech at Benedictine College.

This week, the NFL player was criticized on social media for his graduation speech at the private Catholic school, which included comments condemning abortion, euthanasia, IVF, surrogacy and the LGBTQ community. He also made some remarks toward the women in the crowd, suggesting that they should embrace being “housewives.”

Maher first pointed out “how this guy is not like me,” noting Butker’s “religious, he likes marriage, he likes kids” — all things the comedian has publicly expressed his lack of commitment to. ‘interest.

“Here’s one of his quotes: ‘I’ve seen how much happier someone can be when they ignore the outside noise and come closer and closer to God’s will,'” Maher said. “Yeah, not me. I couldn’t be more like that.

However, Maher added that he did not understand the backlash over Butker’s comments directed at women during his speech.

“I don’t understand what he said when talking to women: ‘Some of you could have successful careers in the world.’ OK, that seems quite modern,” Maher said before continuing to read the footballer’s remarks. “But I would venture to guess that the majority of you are very excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into the world. » I don’t see what the big crime is, I really don’t.

Maher explained: “I think that’s part of the problem that people have with the left is that a lot of people in this country are like that. Like he says some of you can go on to successful careers, but a lot of you are excited about this other way that people, everyone was and can now. Can’t that also be a choice? And I feel like they feel very uncomfortable, thinking that there’s only one way to be a good person and that’s to get an advanced degree in a of these asphalt plants like Harvard.

The comedian isn’t the only person in Hollywood to come to Butker’s defense amid the controversy. On Thursday’s episode of ViewWhoopi Goldberg defended the Chiefs player’s right to free speech, even though she doesn’t share his beliefs.

“I like it when people say what they have to say,” the EGOT winner said. “He’s at a Catholic college, he’s a devout Catholic. These are his beliefs and he is welcome there. I don’t have to believe them, I don’t have to accept them, the ladies who were sitting in this audience don’t have to accept them.

Goldberg continued: “The same way we want respect when Colin Kaepernick takes a knee, we want to give respect to people whose ideas are different from ours because the man who says he wants to be president, You-Know-Who, says that the best way to act is to take away people’s right to say what they feel. We don’t want to be that. We don’t want to be those people.

Amid the viral backlash, the NFL clarified in a statement this week that Butker’s “opinions are not those of the NFL as an organization.”

At the end of the discussion on Real timeMaher added: “I find it very ironic that he says, you know what, in my world we like women to stay at home and just have babies, and students and young people find that absolutely abhorrent , but they demonstrate for Hamas.”

Guests featured in the latest episode included Michael Eric Dyson, Nellie Bowles and Pamela Paul.

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