Watch: When Did 'Real Time' Become 'The Five?' Maybe When Bill Maher Suggested Biden Should Marry Obama

by Robert Nesti

EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor

Sunday February 6, 2022
Originally published on January 23, 2022

Bill Maher returned for his 22nd season of "Real Time with Bill Maher" this past Friday and you might have thought that an episode of "The Five" had been substituted given the liberal baiting, Fauci-shading, and ridiculous snarky commentary. But at the end of the hour, he offered a satiric bit worthy of Fox talking head Greg Gutfeld.

TMZ reports Maher suggested "a plan for Democrats to stay in power after the 2024 election ... and it involves†Joe Biden,†Barack Obama†and gay marriage."

Maher says Biden doesn't seem to be a winning candidate in '24, and dismissed alternatives like Hillary Clinton†and†Bernie Sanders. "So, here's his plan ... Obama and Biden divorce their wives (but only in title ... they'd still be together) and then marry each other. Obama goes back into the White House and becomes a de facto Prez."

Maher's point is that the Republicans win because they play by a different set of rules, such as when Senate Majority Leader blocked President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice because it was eight months before the Presidential election.

And did so with a surprising cluelessness by using the oxymoron "gay married" that was called out on Twitter by user Sloane. "OMG, LLOL (Followed by numerous LOL emojis) It may be the hardest I have ever laughed during your show, you are so old sounding, you actually said, "gay marry". I am literally still laughing. BTW, it's just marry, grandpa."

And you have to wonder if Maher had suggested someone change their religion or (if possible) skin color to hedge the rules to become President, would it be such a witty satiric meme or just another example of how Maher's often echoes "The Five"-like bonehead points of view?

He also sounded very Fox-like when shading gay sex when joking about "dogs sucking other dogs dicks as an indication of dog cocaine addiction," tweeted user glistening. "You said this in front of a gay congressman." recently elected out US Congressman Ritchie Torres.

Over the course of this episode he echoed such smug "The Five" commentators as Jesse Watters† in slamming liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her lack of fact-checking in her recent Supreme Court arguments regarding Biden's Covid protocols,> reported the Daily Mail>. She "incorrectly claimed during a hearing last week on President Biden's vaccine mandate that 100,000 children in the U.S. with Covid-19 are in 'serious condition."

There was also a lengthy discussion by Maher and out commentator Bari Weiss, who made fame for resigning from the New York Times last year over issues of cancel culture, by how liberals are hypocrites for their Covid policy. This came after the Weiss complained about her inconvenience at curtailing behavior over the ongoing health crisis, despite Torres pointed out, no one wants to live through the dark days New York City faced in the early days of the epidemic, which is the reason strict protocols remain enforced. (Weiss is married to Nellie Bowles, a former tech writer at the Times.)

That both cis, white and privileged commentators such as Maher and Weiss should complain about their inconveniences and the contradictions of the public response to an ongoing health phenomenon was, well, just so much privileged belly-aching, which pretty much sums up any episode of "The Five." And for Maher to conveniently use gay marriage for an absurd joke only shows what a glib, right-leaning commentator Maher has become. If Maher would want to be constructive, he would have a trans spokesperson on to discuss the disturbing rise in trans murders that have occurred over the past few years, a news story that the mainstream media has largely ignored. Instead he allows Weiss to whine on about not having run out of Netflix shows to see. How about some realness of "Real Time?"

On Twitter, some commented on Maher's gay comments.

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