“Real Time” Host Bill Maher began his monologue discussing Amazon’s decision to scrap their plans to build a second headquarters in New York City. The point he had intended to make was that Jeff Bezos should have considered opening a headquarters in an underdeveloped area of the country where his company could have made a real difference by bringing jobs, opportunity and economic development.
Along the way, however, Maher delivered one of his most stinging, derisive attacks on middle class Americans ever. His disdain for everyday Americans was unmistakable.
He started by telling his audience that America has a problem called “Spatial Geographic Inequality” which he explains means that “the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities.” Here are a few of Maher’s comments. Each was followed by wild applause and laughter.
Last year, Hillary Clinton said “I won the places that represent 2/3 of America’s gross domestic product. I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”
Yes, you did. Maybe that’s why Trump voters are obsessed with “owning” the libs, because the libs own everything else.
The blue parts of America are having a big prosperity party while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail. And they still use the mail.
They turn on the TV and all the shows take place in a few hip cities. There’s no TV show call “The Real Housewives of Toledo” or CSI Lubbock.”
There are no red carpets in Wyoming and no one ever asks you, “who” are you wearing, because the answer is always “Target.”
There are two Americas and it seems like one is where all the cool jobs are, where people drive Teslas and eat artisanal ice cream. We have orchestras and theaters districts and world-class shopping. We have Chef Wolfgang Puck, they have Chef Boyardee.”
Our roofs have solar panels. Theirs have last year’s Christmas lights.
The fly-over states have become the passed-over states, that’s why red state voters are so pissed off. They don’t hate us, they want to be us. They want to go to the party. It’s like we’re the British royal family and they’re Megan Markle’s dad.
Maher’s larger point, that instead of “pitting” wealthy cities against each other to receive the best deal possible for the company, Bezos should have “taken one on the chin,“and chosen a poor city for the new headquarters, was valid. That message, however, was lost after his mockery of middle class Americans.
No, Bill. None of us want to be you. Apparently, neither do the large numbers of people who are escaping the big, prosperous cities in droves for the red states.
I wouldn’t want my life to be ruled by the shallow, unimportant objects you mention. And I would take Wyoming, or almost any other location in the country over LA. When I’m in LA, I can’t wait to leave LA. The same goes for New York City where I lived and worked for years.
Your comments may not have seemed quite so vacuous had they been uttered by a 20-something, but coming from a man in his sixties, they sounded extremely foolish. I feel sorry for you because, by your age, you should have learned that the superficial “things” you worship are the least important parts of life. I think it is you, and the infinite number of vapid, so called “celebrities” who are the uneducated ones, because you don’t understand life. You just told us who you are – again.