Bill Maher doesn't understand Harrison Butker's speech criticism

Bill Maher admits he was confused in the latest episode real time Regarding the controversy surrounding Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker's commencement speech at Benedictine College.

This week, the NFL player was criticized on social media over his graduation speech at a private Catholic school, which included comments condemning abortion, euthanasia, IVF, surrogacy and the LGBTQ community. He also made some comments towards the women in the crowd and suggested that they should become “housewives”.

Maher initially insisted that “this guy is not like me,” noting Butker's “religious, he loves marriage, he loves kids” – all of the things the comedian did. Publicly stated lack of interest.

“Here's a quote from him, 'I've seen it firsthand how happy a person can be when they ignore outside noise and draw closer and closer to God's will,'” Maher said. “Yes, not me. “I couldn’t be more like this.”

However, Maher further said that he did not understand Butker's reaction to comments that were directed toward women during his speech.

“What I didn't understand was what he said when talking to women, 'Some of you can lead successful careers in the world.' OK, that sounds pretty trendy,” Maher said before continuing to read the football player's comments. “'But I would venture to guess that most of you are concerned about your marriage and those kids. Excited about who you will bring into this world. “I don't see what the big crime is, I really don't.”

“I think that's part of the problem people have with the left, there are a lot of people like that in this country,” Maher said. Like he's saying that some of you may move on to successful careers, but many of you are excited about this other way, as people, everyone used to be and can do now. Couldn't this also be an option? And I feel like they feel very tired as if there's only one way to be a good person and that's to get an advanced degree from one of these asphalt factories like Harvard.

The comedian isn't the only person in Hollywood to come to Butker's defense amid the controversy. Thursday's episode SceneWhoopi Goldberg defended Chiefs players' right to free speech, even if she doesn't agree with their beliefs.

“I love it when people say what they need to say,” the EGOT winner said. “He's at a Catholic college, he's a devout Catholic. These are their beliefs and they are welcome to it. I don't have to believe them, I don't have to accept them, the women who were sitting in that audience don't have to accept them.”

Goldberg continued, “Just like we want to respect Colin Kaepernick for kneeling, we want to respect people who have different views than us because the guy who says he wants to be president, you know— Who says the way to do things is to take away people's right to say how they feel. We don't want to be those people.”

Amid the viral backlash, the NFL clarified in a statement this week that Butker's “views are not those of the NFL as an organization.”

at the end of the discussion real timeMaher said, “I find it very ironic that he's saying, you know, in my world, we like women to stay at home and just have kids, and college kids and young people have exactly that. Sounds disgusting, but they are demonstrating for Hamas.”

Guests on the latest episode included Michael Eric Dyson, Nelly Bowles and Pamela Paul.

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