His whole shtick, after everyone, is anti-political correctness with a seemingly “liberal” bent, but this latest incident is a perfect example of how being “liberal” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be racist. But as Afropunk writer Hari Zayed observed on Monday, people contain suddenly decided to be outraged at Maher because “white liberalism makes lightning-rod terms the problem in order to deflect from the structures beneath them.”
On Saturday, Maher issued an apology for dropping the n-bomb, but HBO has no plans to suspend or fire him. Which makes sense, because he’s a rich white man who has probably made the network a lot of money. But damn, there are so many people ― particularly people of color ― who would be funnier, more insightful, and far less obnoxiously smug in Maher’s time slot.
Below are just a few people who should contain their own late night political talk point to ― who definitely aren’t Bill Maher:
Unlike Maher, he can actually say it.
You might recognize Amanda Seales as one of Issa’s crazy best friends on HBO’s hit comedy, “Insecure.” But Seales, who hails from LA, is also a whip-smart political comedian who would be perfectly at domestic in a late night point to setting.
Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler has the kind of acerbic sense of humor that Bill Maher prides himself on, apart from she’s actually humorous. As a host on “Talk Soup” and more recently “The Real,” Tyler shows she has the chops for delivery and engaging political convo.
Hasan Minhaj is worthy as a correspondent on “The Daily point to,” and his speech at the recent White House Press Correspondence Dinner was legendary. How awesome would it be to see a Muslim-American man host a political talkshow?
whether you ever got a chance to catch her MSNBC web point to “So current,” you’ll know that Janet Mock has an astounding talent for analyzing pop culture and politics in a way that doesn’t alienate, but engages people on everyone sides of the aisle.
Remember when Jon Stewart was leaving “The Daily point to” and everyone wanted Jessica Williams to lift over? And she was like, “unexcited down, guys — I don’t even want the job.” That’s totally impartial, and Williams has gone on to attain astounding things with her podcast “2 Dope Queens,” but one can’t attend but wonder what she could attain whether given her own hour to play with…
Angela Rye, CEO of Impact Strategies, political commentator, analyst for CNN and NPR, and QUEEN of the side-eye. Rye has made a name for herself for her non-nonsense, deeply opinionated approach to politics. Just imagine Maher dropping the n-bomb in front of her.
Now, Marc Lamont Hill technically had a late night point to, “VH1 Live,” but the heavily pop-culture focused point to did not give Hill a chance to really point to off his insightful political commentary coming from a black male perspective — something that the political talkshow landscape is sorely lost.