“Blind hatred of America is just as blinkered as blind love. And we Americans should really get some perspective about where we live,” Maher began his monologue. “Watching this s— go down in Afghanistan, I was reminded lately of every conversation I’ve ever had with an immigrant, almost all of which if we got to really talking, included the notion, ‘Oh, you people have no idea. All you do is b—- about and badmouth your own country, but if you knew about the country I came from, you’d stop s—-ing on your own.’”
Maher poked fun at Republicans for being “overly sentimental” when it comes to patriotism and “over-romanticizing” America, but blasted liberals for “under-romanticizing” America and accused them of “having no perspective.”
“Last week, the Taliban murdered a comedian,” Maher said, referring to Afghan comedian Nazar Mohammad, who was tortured and executed. “A comedian, a thing like that really hits close to home for me. I’ve had two presidents up my a–. … Neither experience was pleasant, but I never had to worry about being dragged ’til I’m dead behind a Toyota Tacoma. Have a little perspective about the stuff we howl about here.”
“I’ve had two presidents up my a–. … Neither experience was pleasant, but I never had to worry about being dragged ’til I’m dead behind a Toyota Tacoma.”
“I’m sorry your professor said something you didn’t like. That won’t be a problem with the Taliban because you’re not allowed to go to school. In Saudi Arabia, grown women can be jailed for doing the kind of things we think of as routine without the permission of a male guardian. China rounds you up if you’re the wrong religion and puts you in camps,” Maher said before listing several other injustices around the world.
Maher told his viewers, “If you think America is irredeemable, turn on the news or get a passport and a ticket on one of those sketchy airlines that puts its web address on the plane. There’s a reason Afghan mothers are handing their babies to us. And we should take them. Americans, right now, should take in Afghan refugees into their homes and into their neighborhoods.”
“There’s a reason Afghan mothers are handing their babies to us. And we should take them.”
“We’re not the bad guys. Oppression is what we were trying to stop in Afghanistan. We failed, but any immigrant will tell you we’ve largely succeeded here. And yet, the overriding thrust of current ‘woke’ ideology is America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist from the moment it was founded and so oppressive, sexist and homophobic we can’t find a host for the Oscars or ‘Jeopardy!'” Maher exclaimed.
“The overriding thrust of current ‘woke’ ideology is America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist … oppressive, sexist and homophobic.”
“And this is where your new [Afghan] roommates that you took in will prove so valuable because they’ll turn to you and say ‘Have you people lost your f—ing minds?!?… Have you ever heard of honor killings, public beheadings, throwing gay men off of roofs, arranged marriages to minors, state-sanctioned wife-beating, female genital mutilation, marriage by capture? Because we have.'”
“Take a good look at what real oppression looks like. Ask your maid, ask your Uber driver, ask the Asian woman giving you a massage.”
“What’s the lesson of Afghanistan. Maybe it’s that everyone from the giant dorm room b—- session that is the internet should take a good look at what real oppression looks like,” Maher continued. “Ask your maid, ask your Uber driver, ask the Asian woman giving you a massage. … America may not be the country of your faculty lounge and Twitter dreams, but no one here tries to escape by hanging on to an airplane. No, we wait ’til we get inside the plane to fight – and only because they cut off the beverage service.”