Bill Maher has always spoken his mind, especially when it comes to the hypocrisy of American politics. Before there was The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, there was Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. And boy, was it! Which is what made it so great.
So it was no surprise when the comedian went on Larry King Live and alleged that some top Republicans are gay. Apparently, it was too much for CNN to handle so they edited out the remarks for future airings and removed the comments from the official transcript on their website. So much for fair and unbiased news broadcasting and freedom of speech.
During the interview, Bill Maher argued that a lot of the men who “run the underpinnings of the Republican Party” and don’t support pro-gay positions are in fact gay themselves. And then he named one.
Although many gay rights groups disagree with being outed, feeling that it is a personal choice people have to make for themselves, they do believe there is a difference when it comes to political figures and people in positions of power. Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says, “When someone is in a position of power and they are using that power to hurt gay people … it’s perfectly appropriate that they be outed … we don’t do it, but we have no problem with it.”
I could not agree more. I have absolutely no problem with people being gay. Actually, I welcome gay politicians – as long as they are out and proud and not hiding behind their self-imposed shame by passing anti-gay legislation. Here is the portion of Bill Maher’s interview with Larry King that CNN is trying its hardest to pretend never happened.