Bill Maher slams the cancel culture of ‘lumping the Russians too much with their government’
Real Time host Bill Maher slammed cancel culture for ‘lumping the Russians too much with their government,’ saying that if were to happen in America, it would be called ‘racism.’
Maher, 66, disagreed with ‘lumping everyone together’ and cancelling ‘all Russians’ for the invasion of Ukraine on Saturday night’s episode of Real Time.
‘Do you think we’re lumping the Russians too much with their government?’ he asked his three panelists. ‘I feel like what we’re doing in this country is that everything Russian in bad and every Russian is bad. And first of all, it’s not fair. If they weren’t white, I feel like we would call that racism,’ he said on the show.
‘To lump everyone together – not everyone – but a lot of the Russian people don’t know what’s going on.’
Panelist Echelon Insights Founder Kristen Soltis Anderson, who appeared for her twelfth time on the show on Saturday, agreed with Maher, saying: ‘This has gone way too far.’
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Real Time host Bill Maher, 66, slammed ‘lumping the Russians too much with their government’ because ‘a lot of Russian people don’t know what’s going on’
Maher (second right) said he hoped Putin had someone line Trump, who had Mark Milley, to go against his destructive plans
‘I don’t love any of these stories about a young Russian pianist being cancel from his performance with the Montreal Symphony because he’s Russian,’ she continued. Anderson was referring to piano prodigy Alexander Malofeev, 20, who was set to perform three times with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on March 9, 10, and 13. Malofeev, who has family in Ukraine, had been vocal about his distaste for the Russian invasion prior to the performance.
The Symphony said he felt it was ‘inappropriate to receive Mr. Malofeev’ for the performance after a number of Ukrainians living in Montreal emailed asking the Symphony to cancel Malofeev’s performances. The Symphony also cited that it wasn’t about his stance on war, which supported Ukrainians, but rather about promoting Russian ‘cultural product.’
Americans have also ousted Russian vodka and vandalized Russian restaurants and churches since the start of the war.
Second panelist Max Brooks agreed that canceling all things Russian was ‘unwise,’ and compared it to how the world treated Germany after World War II.
‘What we were very smart about doing in World War II was we knew the war was going to come to an end, and we knew if we punished all Germans the way we did after World War I, we would back them into the corner.
Panelist Max Brooks (left) said the world needed to extract Russians from Putin like it happened with the Germans in WWII with Hitler in order to have a post-war plan He also said: ‘If we don’t stop Putin, we condemn our children [and] our grandchildren to another century of war.’ Second panelist Kristen Soltis Anderson (right) said she ‘didn’t love the stories’ about the Montreal Symphony Orchestra canceling the Russian pianist’s performance because he was Russia
Third panelist Ernest Moniz also slammed NATO for creating a ‘mechanism’ for crisis communication with Russia, but threw it out the second conflict began
‘So, we crafted the narrative that you Germans are lead astray by Hitler, because we knew – even if in some cases it wasn’t true – we said to the average Nazi you still got to run the post office. So, we have to think, we cannot back the Russians as an entire group into a corner.
‘If we can separate Putin from the Russians, in general, then we don’t only have a victory, we have a post-war plan,’ Brooks finished.
Third panelist nuclear physicist and CEO Energy Futures Initiative Ernest Moniz brought up how NATO and Russia made a ‘new mechanism to talk if there were crises’ before 2014. In April 2014, NATO unanimously decided to suspend co-operation with Russia in response to the Annexation of Crimea – where Russian forces annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. However, the NATO-Russia Council still exists.
‘As soon as the crisis came, we said we’re not going to talk,’ Moniz said. ‘It makes no sense.’
Maher also said he hoped Putin had someone like Mark Milley – who worked for Trump and told the Chinese he was not going to follow Trump’s order to attack the country if it were to happen – around him.
‘I must say, under Trump, Milley assured the Chinese that: “If this nut who I work for gives the order, I’m not going to do it.”‘ Maher said. ‘I would like to think that Putin has someone around him like that.’
If we don’t stop Putin, we condemn our children [and] our grandchildren to another century of war. – Max Brooks on Real Time
Brooks went on to say that only way to survive as a ‘small country in the world that is not aligned’ with the Iran Nuclear Deal is ‘with an atom bomb.’
‘Ukraine was born nuclear. It was born independent with a Soviet nuclear stockpile,’ he said. ‘It only agreed to give up those nuclear weapons with the expressed promise that Russia would never invade. And now [Russia’s] done it.
‘The Iran Nuclear Deal is just one of the many, many nuclear deal we’re going to have to diffuse.’
Anderson brought up Australia, which is now trying to become a bigger nuclear power.
‘Even a country like [Australia], who you used to be able to say: “Well they’re under the protection of the United States, it will be fine,” even they’re saying: “We’d like to be in charge of our own defense a little bit more,’ Anderson said on the show.
DECODING PUTIN’S NUCLEAR THREAT
Putin’s warning putting his nuclear forces on ‘high alert mode of combat stand-by duty’ is seen as only step two of four on the way to a nuclear war, says Victor Abramowicz.
Expert Pavel Podvig adds that it probably puts them on a ‘preliminary command’ that would allow missiles to be fired to order.
But he considered at this stage that they would only be fired if the president suddenly vanished and enemy nukes hit Russian territory first.
David Cullen, of the Nuclear Information Service, compared it to UK nuclear submarine commanders being given letters of authority by the British PM for permission to launch missiles if London came under nuclear attack.
Australia has become worried it would be a Russian target and if Putin tries to prove a point and frighten the west into thinking a bigger city, like Perth, could be on the cards next. It feared Russia may nuke Perth as a show of power and determination while still avoiding engaging the US in mutually-assured nuclear Armageddon.
Despite potentially killing up to half a million in the nuclear bombing, future effects would be limited, with the radiation fallout confined to the vast desert outback.
Perth, however, was at the top of the nuclear hitlist in the 1980s during the Cold War, which cause hysteria throughout the country.
Maher took a more sad tone when he asked: ‘How many times can do this to countries, say we’ll be there, but not be there?’
Brooks compared the invasion to Ukraine and the world standing back as a ‘Haile Selassie moment.’ The Ethiopian emperor went to the League of Nations in 1936 and begged them to help the country from Mussolini’s attack. Brooks said the League of Nation’s passiveness led to more dictators, like Hitler, to emerge.
‘He begged them to stop this dictator Mussolini from invading his country. He said: “Today is us, tomorrow is you.” And the world did nothing, and that gave the greenlight to another dictator Adolf Hitler,’ he said on the show. ‘If we don’t stop Putin now, he will keep going.’
He went on to say he didn’t suggest America get involved with the war, as NATO countries ‘must never – under any circumstances – fire on Russian forces.’
‘This is the line,’ he said. ‘But if the Ukrainians are willing to shed their blood – not just for themselves, but for the entire world – we owe it to our children to help them. Because if we don’t stop Putin, we condemn our children [and] our grandchildren to another century of war.’