This Friday night sees a ripping good “Real Time with Bill Maher” as Maher hosts Quentin Tarantino, who has erupted a firestorm of anger over remarks he made against the police and some of their actions.
The show continues in its 13th season Friday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.
Maher welcomes broadcaster Keith Olbermann as the top-of-show interview guest. Olbermann was slated as a guest back in September but had to cancel because his dog was sick.
Then filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is the mid-show interview guest. Tarantino is facing the wrath of police departments allover the USA over remarks he made at an anti-police brutality rally.
The roundtable guests are journalist David Frum, reporter Jillian Melchior and former NY Rep. Anthony Weiner. Weiner is married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. A few years back, Weiner posted an explicit picture of himself via his Twitter account to another woman. Two years later, after he entered the New York mayoral race, more suggestive pictures emerged which he allegedly sent to other women. Despite the scandals, the couple have remained together.
Police unions across the country, including Los Angeles and Orange County, have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight,” following some remarks the filmmaker made at an Oct. 24 rally in New York to call attention to those killed in police shootings.
“All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino told The LA Times in his first public response to the controversy. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”
He told the Times: “What they’re doing is pretty obvious,” he said of his critics. “Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at a press conference that the director “doesn’t understand the nature of the violence” that police officers face in their work.
“Mr. Tarantino lives in a fantasy world. That’s how he makes his living,” Beck said. “His movies are extremely violent, but he doesn’t understand violence. … Unfortunately, he mistakes lawful use of force for murder, and it’s not.”
Frum is always a great guest, a conservative voice that plays well with Maher. On October 22, Frum participated in a discussion on liberty and security at the debating society, the Oxford Union, and presented his argument about the state’s responsibility to protect free speech in The Atlantic.
So, yes—there are good reasons to feel exposed and vulnerable. Troublingly, however, this resolution exploits those feelings, rather than responding to them.
It’s not the State that is our Panopticon. It’s Facebook.
Suppose British society were to unravel the security measures condemned by this resolution. Would people be freer to tell jokes? Would they be better protected against mobs seeking to impose their definition of social justice by force? Would cartoonists and writers be one degree safer from the threat of censorship by murder?
Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002. He also produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 8 (12:30 p.m.), 9 (3:20 a.m.), 10 (4:50 p.m.) and 11 (1:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 6 (3:35 a.m.), 7 (7:30 a.m., 11:45 p.m.), 9 (8:00 p.m.) and 10 (10:00 p.m.)
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER is also available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.