Sunday, October 5, 2014

As a political activist, Affleck makes a fine actor


   Ben Affleck dug his own grave, and Bill Maher buried him - in prime time, no less.
   The weekend dust-up between the pair on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher was a continuation of Maher's supposedly Islamophobic diatribe the previous Friday, when he challenged liberals to stop giving Muslim fundamentalists a free pass on religion-based extremism. When the subject came up again on Maher's show this past week, a visibly agitated Affleck accused Maher and fellow guest Sam Harris of racism.
   In Affleck's world, pointing out that beheading infidels and apostates, stoning homosexuals and adulteresses to death and severely curtailing women's rights are all widely practiced in the Muslim world makes you the bigot.  His refusal to acknowledge or even entertain the distinctions and nuances presented by Maher and Harris made Affleck guilty of painting with the same broad brush that he claimed they were using.  He also damaged his own credibility when he confused Ted Bundy with Jeffrey Dahmer in a clumsy analogy about one isolated serial killer versus entire nations that practice radical Islam.  
   Ben Affleck is naturally entitled to his opinion, but he might want be better prepared when he steps into the ring with someone as informed, intelligent and fast on his feet as Bill Maher.  It might have been Affleck's worst performance in front of a camera, and that's saying something.

9 comments:

  1. Ben Affleck is an adolescent moron with no capacity for intellectual thought.

    That said, you can't really rag on him for confusing Ted Bundy with Jeffrey Dahmer when you have a huge name error in this piece. Sam Harris, dude.

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  2. Didn't see the episode but I can feel it through your blog. Affleck aside, Bill Maher seems to travelling the same route as Dennis Miller, career-wise. Getting crankier and crankier in his old age and sliding to the right. Hell, I saw a video where he goes off on Charlie Rose for daring to interrupt him. He's caught the same disease many other US media pundits have: pomposity (thanks to Steve Miller.)

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  3. one more: "His refusal to acknowledge or even entertain the distinctions and nuances presented by Maher and MILLER made Affleck guilty of painting with the same broad brush that he claimed they were using."

    :-)

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  4. Scott FaulconbridgeOctober 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Reza Aslan should be the one debating Bill Maher on the issue. His criticisms of Maher's point of view have far more intellectual weight than anything Ben Affleck said.

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  5. Couldn't agree more, Scott. I've only ever seen Aslan interviewed by vacuous TV anchors. It would be a treat to see him with someone who matches his intellect but has an alternative viewpoint.

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  6. McCain’s first wife, Carol, was a famous beauty and a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965....
    Political Fiction

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  7. Why would American imprison, hold indefinitely and torture prisoners? Sound insane. Oh But it’s not. It is a very thought out, methodical plan...
    Humanitarian causes

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  9. Dante Alighieri said there are nine levels of hell with the lowest level reserved for those who turn against their country and countrymen. So, why not start with the man who even the devil will admit is his equal..
    Democracy

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