HBO’s Bill Maher, host of “Real Time,” is taking heat for comments critical of gender affirmation for children and the trendiness of being “trans.” Being simply a gay man, he says, is not “hip enough” anymore.
The comedian on Friday cited Gallup poll numbers showing 1% of Americans born before 1946 — President Joe Biden’s generation — identify as LGBT. The numbers increase to 2.6% with Baby Boomers and 4.2% of Gen X.
Those identifying as LGBT leaps to 10.5% of Millennials and fully 20.8% of Gen Z. If this continues, Maher quipped, “we will all be gay in 2054.”
He acknowledges that some respondents now feel more free to answer poll questions honestly, but adds that most are just being “trendy.” A natural occurrence, Maher says, would not result in so many children in certain parts of the country being “trans” as opposed to others.
In previous times, he says an adult asking a child what they want to be when they grow up referred to a profession. Jokes aside, he then moved on to a much more serious question. How smart is it to put children on hormone blockers, especially with issues of bone density and fertility?
Maher correctly said that kids have phases and are “fluid,” and it is certain that barely anyone knows at age 8 what they want to be. Kids are “impressionable and very, very stupid.” This is hardly a good reason for hormone blockers or gential surgery, he adds.
It is also a fact, he said, that teenagers rebel against the “squares” who raised them. And with the media and entertainment industries’ utter absorption with diversity, it makes for an attractive rebellion for some.
While he offered few answers, Maher defended his right to just ask the questions, especially about “something very new.” He chided criticism that undoubtedly came his way by saying it “needs to be said, not everything’s about you.”
This diatribe is not going to make any new friends among progressives. While it’s unfortunate that sane liberals are actually news stories these days, Maher may have brought some perspective to many people in his audience simply by showing that not everybody agrees with the madness of astroturfed culture.