Good grief! ‘Roseanne’ supporters are calling on HBO to fire Bill Maher for comparing Trump’s orange tan to an orangutan after the sitcom star compared a black Obama advisor an ape.
Now this is some twisted logic. In the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s popular sitcom revival getting canned by ABC after the 65-year-old tore into former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett on Twitter with a racist tweet calling her an ape, Trump supporters are calling on HBO to fire Bill Maher. On his weekly talk show, the 62-year-old once compared the president to an orangutan for his unfortunate orange tan and lack of intelligence. Somehow in the mind of Roseanne’s supporters, that is the same as calling an African American an ape and now they’re calling for his demise via Twitter.
Some Trumpsters started coming hard with calls for HBO to cancel Maher’s weekly talk show, pointing to where he had referred to Trump in the past as if his “mother had sex with an orangutan.” Never mind that the comparison isn’t even close, as African Americans being compared to apes is a longtime racist stereotype while calling a white person a monkey doesn’t have the same meaning. “If you wanted Roseanne cancelled but not Bill Maher, you’re a big steaming pile of hypocrite,” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “So when is Bill Maher’s time up?”
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“I’m fine with firing Bill Maher for saying Donald Trump looks like a monkey. I just think we should wait until AFTER white people have been enslaved, demeaned as sub-human animals and systematically denied equal rights for hundreds of years first,” one person wrote in response. Another pointed out that the ape comparisons by Roseanne and Maher have different meanings, tweeting “Roseanne’s ape comment is racist because of longterm established racist tropes tying POC to apes. Also, her context. Bill Maher‘s orangutan comment is a comparison of Trump’s behavior and low intelligence that had nothing to do with race.”
More people called on the fact that ABC had already canned Maher’s show before he took it to HBO after he made a crude 9/11 joke. “Um…ABC CANCELED Bill Maher’s show after he made a joke about 9/11. No double standard here. ABC treated them both the same,” one user pointed out. More shared what many liberals posted — that Maher is NOT a darling among progressives and is disliked by many.
“Conservatives believing liberals worship Bill Maher is like when a well-meaning grandparent buys their grandchild a Nickelback record because they hear on CNN that it’s what all the kids are listening to these days,” one person joked, while another said, “Dear
#MAGA idiots, please don’t get Bill Maher fired because it will force me to temporarily approve of what you’re doing.” Yet another person chimed in adding “I dunno why conservatives think Bill Maher is a liberal hero, he says racist and anti muslim stuff all the time. If he wasn’t on the air most of the left would cheer.”