Of Course Bill Maher Defends Hilary Rosen’s Comments About Ann Romney
2:00 pm, April 16th | by Laura Donovan
You didn’t think HBO’s Bill Maher wasn’t going to weigh in on Rosengate, now did you?
The comedian, who has quite a reputation for spewing misogyny with no remorse, said during a Friday episode of his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher” that political consultant Hilary Rosen had a point when she said Ann Romney has actually “never worked a day in her life,” explaining to his viewers that there is “a big difference between being a mother and getting getting your ass out of the door at 7 a.m. when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, where even if you’re unhappy you can’t show it for 8 hours, that is kind of a different kind of tough thing.”
You know what else is different? Putting on a strong front and managing not to lose one’s cool when the kids are misbehaving and trying to kill each other. The same goes for crawling out of bed at 3:30 a.m. when your colicky baby needs to be held more than you need sleep. Or prying open a stubborn toddler’s mouth so he/she won’t starve to death due to his/her weird hunger strike. Let’s not forget figuring out a way to get the children off the playground when they refuse to leave. These are all challenges I’ve faced as an aunt, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much of a struggle it is to be a parent and encounter these things every day. The day-to-day annoyances and occasional meltdowns are trivial, but raising happy, healthy children is not an easy, comparable task.
And yet it makes sense that Maher, who isn’t a parent himself, wouldn’t understand that striving to be the best dad/mom possible is just as hard — perhaps even more difficult — than working with a prickly manager and going to the office in frigid temperatures.
[H/T New York Daily News]