An Interview with Bill Maher
By Brad Evans
Agree with him or not, Bill Maher is one of the most politically astute comedians working today. His unflinching honesty and commitment to never pulling a punch have garnered him the respect and admiration of millions of fans.”Real Time with Bill Maher” has received multiple Emmy nominations as well as nominations from the Writer’s Guild of America. He Plays Macon Georgia TONIGHT at the Macon City Auditorium. Tickets are still available .Here.
Brad Evans Caught up with Bill for a short interview last week.
Have you had any experiences playing in the South that have made you not want to come back?
Well there was that one time I was lynched. No I love the South. First of all the audiences are fantastic. When a liberal comes down to an area that doesn’t have a lot of liberals, I think that liberals in the area appreciate the effort. And they are very enthusiastic. And it’s always a surprise to other people in the audience, just how many other liberals are in the area. But no, I’m in the South all the time.
I don’t know if this is true, but I heard when I first moved here that Macon has the highest number of churches per capita than anywhere in the Country, and it’s often the first thing that you are asked when you meet someone here, where do you go to church. You plan on toning anything down for Saturday night?
Well I don’t think the Church goers are going to be in the audience. Even though there are churches on every corner, and most people go to church, there are still an awful lot of people who go right by the church. And there are more all the time. Richard Dawkins always said that he loved speaking in the south because he was always so pleasantly surprised that there were so many atheists.
And it’s not believing in something that makes you a better person that you are against right? I ask for all the folks I will upset by publishing this interview.
No Not at all. I have a problem if you believe something that goes against what I would say are the tenants of Liberalism. The equality of the sexes. You have to treat mintorities equally, the seperation of Church and state. Free Speech. You can’t go killing cartoonists, just because they drew something that you don’t agree with. But I have no problem at all with folks believing in anything they want, as long as it doesn’t violate those principles.
You’ve been a victim of Free Speech more than once, being vilified for something you said. Do you ever have a sense of solidarity with say, The guy from Duck Dynasty?
I don’t agree with what he said, of course but yeah, I’d fight to the death for his right to say it. I know he has views on homosexuality, which I believe are medievil. They have a lot to do with relgion I’m sure and this is another reason why the church is outdoated and an intellectual ebarrasment today. But hey, you can’t limit anyone’s right to have an asshole opion. And I don’t keep up with the duck dynasty as much as I should probably, but it seems like an asshole kind of opinion to me.
Gang Violence is something that makes the news often here in Macon, and it’s not a stretch to say most of our murders are released to gang violence. You think repealing the 2cd opinion would change this?
Well, Yeah. I wish I lived in a country that didn’t have guns, but I don’t. That’s why 30,000 people die each year from gunshots. That’s why you see four or five toddlers in the news recently, dead from gunshot wound. So yeah, I believe they should repeal the 2cd amendment. There are too many guns in this country. The reasons why it was written are not the reasons it’s being used today. It was about militias in the time of a colonial war. It wasn’t about individuals owning guns. Now having said this, I know I live in a country that isn’t going to change, so I own guns. I got guns when I got death threats. I ain’t giving up my guns until we’re not the gun country and I don’t expect to see that.
You think Georgian’s will ever be able to smoke pot legally?
Oh Absolutely. Like you don’t already. Well maybe not legally. Here is one thing about pot. Hillbillies smoke pot and Hippies smoke pot. They smoke pot in Berkely and they smoke it in some town where people park cars on their lawns. Willie Nelson loves it. Snoop Dogg Owns it. Pot’s the new Gay Marriage. We are all going to be able to smoke pot legally in this country in my lifetime.