I've been a big fan of the HBO series, "Bill Maher Live" for the past year. I've gotten behind the majority of his political rhetoric on daily current events because somehow, I felt that the POV (point-of-view) was coming from him, and that he was in some way helping different causes and getting people motivated to do something other than complain!
I have to report that I'm disappointed and turned-off now, because last Thursday I decided to go to the CBS studios to see the rehearsal of the Bill Maher Live show, and last night I watched the live broadcast which of course contained some of the material that he did at the rehearsal.
As I watched the final broadcast of the season last night, for the first time I saw someone very different from the Bill Maher image that I thought I knew. I saw a man that was an artist in presenting Liberal political views, outlandish and crude statements, along with his "New Rules," as it is: a mathematical formula produced by Hollywood.
When Bill repeated some material from the rehearsal monologue in the live broadcast as if it never rolled-off his lips before, I just saw the whole show in a different light. For sure, I saw an artist, but one that is so mathematically programmed, smooth, and convincing, and it turned-me off!
His big guests last night were Queen Noor and Oliver Stone. When interviewing each of them individually, what I may have overlooked prior to the rehearsal show, I clearly saw last night. A man that insulted his guests and really showed little respect. He constantly interrupted Oliver Stone and in my opinion he was really out-of-line with Queen Noor.
Unfortunately, I don't think that I will see the Bill Maher Live show the way I saw it before. Now I see a pawn that is used by big business, politicians, and the Hollywood money moguls, used for mental masturbation in a ploy to control the masses by providing hot-button topics that will get the viewers at home heated, allowing them to "get-off" pent-up anger, fear, and emotion.
The control mechanism that I see is deliberate response rhetoric, and we the public are like Pavlovian subjects, predictable and therefore, controlled. Perhaps by letting off-steam by yelling and cursing at the TV set, we don't feel it necessary to take action and go out in the world as a group to stand-up to the things that are upsetting us.
Bill will be off the air until September, so I have some time to ponder about what I'm saying here, and I'll probably tune-in then, to see if perhaps I can wear my rose-colored glasses again!