What exactly is the appeal of watching Bill Maher show?

#1 Posted by lightleggy (15851 posts) -

The guy is a major douchebag, I've honestly never seen someone so full of himself...I'm pretty sure this guy keeps posters with his face on his walls.

Why do people even find him interesting?

#2 Posted by KiIIyou (27112 posts) -

Im sure you can guess and it'd prolly be right

#3 Edited by -Sun_Tzu- (17324 posts) -

He sometimes has good guests on his show

#4 Edited by Motokid6 (5027 posts) -

I like him. I enjoy his show. He has great guests and they talk about good stuff. Hes a little egotistical, but hes down to Earth and thats all i ask out of a person. And i love that he bashes religion every chance he gets. :P

#5 Posted by Serraph105 (27588 posts) -

i have yet to find one tc

#6 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (27964 posts) -

I enjoy his show. I always fast-forward through the opening monologue, though. Guy isn't very funny. Usually just watch it for the debates.

#7 Posted by wis3boi (30936 posts) -

knowing people get their knickers in a twist just by him existing is enough to make me happy

#8 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1743 posts) -

never heard of him

#9 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

I honestly find his panel discussions to be quite good. He usually has good, intelligent guests and their discussions are actually better than most on TV.

#10 Edited by lamprey263 (22468 posts) -

TC must be a Republican then.

#11 Posted by Makhaidos (1611 posts) -

Anti-science morons hate him because he doesn't put up with their bullshit like other public commentators. That's why I like him.

#12 Posted by HailtotheQueen (156 posts) -

I agree with him as far as religion is concerned but he is a complete ass and has some stupid views on other issues, like his anti-vaccine nonsense.

#13 Posted by DarthGumballs (194 posts) -

TC must be a Republican then.

+1 He's pretty much awesome.

#14 Posted by lightleggy (15851 posts) -
@Motokid6 said:

I like him. I enjoy his show. He has great guests and they talk about good stuff. Hes a little egotistical, but hes down to Earth and thats all i ask out of a person. And i love that he bashes religion every chance he gets. :P

Thats an extremely childlish reason IMO.

Anti-science morons hate him because he doesn't put up with their bullshit like other public commentators. That's why I like him.

No, I dislike him because he is extremely egotistical and just a plain douchebag psycho with a bunch of crazy views like saying that he is worried to find that the name Mohammed is getting very popular in the UK because he is afraid the middle east will absorb the west.

Or how the big majority of soldiers in the US army are psychopaths who only enlist to kill something.

He even pulls arguments out of his ass, like one time he was debating with a Christian dude, he pulled the "Jesus and Horus parallels" argument (which is 100% fake, every piece of it, it's taken from poetry of an amateur, unrecognized egyptologist from the 18th century or something) ) and pretended it was real, dont even pull the "oh but religion is fake so there is no issue in debating it with fake info", because thats some pretty bad double standard there, if you think that what you are debating agaisnt is fake, then you should use real info to back your claims.

The guy doesn't even checks the info he talks about, he was given an award for being the most intellectual person of the year or something, by the Dawkins foundation, a militant atheist fundation which literally relates the spreading of atheism with intellectual superiority and the belief in a deity with stupidity.

#15 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (704 posts) -

How about not watching or paying attention to him? It works for me.

#16 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3897 posts) -

Because low-hanging fruit is hilarious.

#17 Edited by Serraph105 (27588 posts) -

@lamprey263:

I actually think Bill Maher gets hate from both sides. Personally I find the guy to be an asshole. Worse yet I think he puts forth a message that is incredibly uninclusive to the point where it might drive away democrats, and further entrench republicans in their own beliefs.

#18 Edited by R3FURBISHED (10074 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

The guy is a major douchebag,

I watch the show every weekend, have for a couple of years now. Bill Maher is absolutely a douchebag, but he's not an idiot and that's largely the appeal of his show for me.

Real Time can spur thoughtful and poignant debate, it is very good political banter. His guests are usually intelligent and well informed as well (except when you have people like Ann Coulter on).

#19 Edited by hippiesanta (9735 posts) -

Bill Maher is a guilty pleasure show for atheist .... lol

#20 Posted by Shmiity (4975 posts) -

I actually really like his show. He has good guests and good discussions. He also bashes religion and homophobes a lot, which is great.

#21 Posted by helwa1988 (2051 posts) -

The same reason people watch O'Rielly. He says things for shock value and is loud.

#22 Edited by The-Apostle (12112 posts) -

I think he's an idiot. I don't like him.

#23 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16505 posts) -

What is the appeal in watching half of the trash that is on TV today? Yet millions of Americans do it everyday.

#24 Posted by bforrester420 (1051 posts) -

I think he's an idiot. I don't like him.

Pot meet kettle

#25 Edited by ChristianGmr14 (151 posts) -

It only appeals to militant atheists and far left-wing socialists. I'm a Christian, I'm also a conservative Republican. So needless to say I'm not a fan of his show.

I have heard him say some funny things though, the man has such a gift of wit. It's too bad he doesn't recognize the one who gave him that gift.

#26 Edited by DaBrainz (7610 posts) -

I agree Maher is a DB but I love his show. Its one of the only shows that pits both sides against each other in a true forum. Any other show its either politicians going over talking points like on the Sunday morning shows or there might be a show were they imitate a debate by having a bunch of people from one side yell at a token liberal (for example Juan Williams).

#27 Edited by wis3boi (30936 posts) -

It only appeals to militant atheists and far left-wing socialists. I'm a Christian, I'm also a conservative Republican. So needless to say I'm not a fan of his show.

I have heard him say some funny things though, the man has such a gift of wit. It's too bad he doesn't recognize the one who gave him that gift.

joke account? lol

#28 Edited by Motokid6 (5027 posts) -

HBO in general is the only reason to turn on a television these days in general.

Theres a few gems ( Vikings, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad ) but.. thats it. The rest is mindless crap.

Though the Colbert Repore and Daily Show are ... okay. I say Real Time beats them both. Just because of the guests.

And as far as liking Maher because he bashes religion.. not childish. Children dont care for much for politics or religion. Narrow minded maybe. I dont hate religion.. i hate THE religions.

#29 Edited by Storm_Marine (10766 posts) -

Sadly I agree with him on some stuff but overall he's a massive cunt. I'd rather watch Girls reruns than his show.

#30 Posted by dave123321 (33430 posts) -

Fx seems to be a good reason to watch tv

#31 Posted by dave123321 (33430 posts) -

Also some network shows are good.

Think the far above clear standout is Hannibal.

#32 Posted by -Cranium (4376 posts) -

Maher definitely seems like a cool guy, but he comes off as very condescending when addressing people with differing viewpoints. I'm very moderate but I usually find liberal media less condescending and frustrating to watch. Maher is an exception to this rule. I think he is unfairly lumped together with guys like Jon Stewart and Colbert, who are satirical yet open for rhetoric. He attempts satire, but is more Maddow/O'Reilly then he is Jon Stewart.

That being said, he is pretty funny sometimes and gets A+ guests.

#33 Edited by -Cranium (4376 posts) -

Also, it's kosher to write "douche bag" on GameSpot now? Holy guacamole, times have changed!

#34 Posted by HailtotheQueen (156 posts) -

@-Cranium said:

Maher definitely seems like a cool guy, but he comes off as very condescending when addressing people with differing viewpoints. I'm very moderate but I usually find liberal media less condescending and frustrating to watch. Maher is an exception to this rule. I think he is unfairly lumped together with guys like Jon Stewart and Colbert, who are satirical yet open for rhetoric. He attempts satire, but is more Maddow/O'Reilly then he is Jon Stewart.

That being said, he is pretty funny sometimes and gets A+ guests.

Maher is definitely no Jon Stewart.