Penny Lee And Kristen Powers Slam Bill Maher: ‘His Misogynist Treatment Of Women Is Deeply Disturbing’
4:30 pm, March 24th | by Amy Tennery
We may have been among the many to cheer comedian Bill Maher’s recent New York Times op-ed, in which he implored folks (the colloquial we’ll use here, its deeper meaning being “celebrity types”) to stop apologizing already. Why were we fans? Because, like Maher, we’re a little sick of the faux outrage — and the fake feather-ruffling some do in the name of political pandering.
And to be fair, that comes from both sides (the left and the right have been remarkably adept at it lately). But while we sided with Maher’s larger sentiment, we couldn’t help but notice something: In his essay, he completely avoided talking about any of the sexism accusations lobbed at him as of late. How odd.
Well, this didn’t escape the notice of Democratic analysts Penny Lee and Kristen Powers either, who penned a response letter to Maher’s piece in the New York Times today. Its message? Please start apologizing, Maher.
Here’s a choice excerpt from their powerful letter
We’re both women who have worked in Democratic politics and the media for decades and find Bill Maher’s misogynist treatment of women candidates deeply disturbing… Maher has implicitly attempted to tie his own demeaning attacks on women to the unrelated issue of partisan-motivated fake outrage, which we agree is tiring. While others have been held to account for their sexism, Mr. Maher remains unrepentant for his attacks on women in public life.
Read the rest of the letter here. It’s a barnburner.