In this must-see video from the 1990's, comedian, Bill Maher, and Camille Paglia - a lesbian, feminist, libertarian, university professor - tackle a myriad of crucial social issues, from political correctness, rock and roll, feminism, homosexuality, rape, gender roles, and the Stalinist feminist establishment.
This is a blast from the not-so-distant-past, when political correctness - quite surprisingly - wasn't nearly as oppressive as it has become today. In fact, around the 30-minute mark of the video, as they are discussing the issue of homosexuality, Maher tells Paglia about a bit he used to do during his stand-up comedy tour days. As he shares his experience, he uses, arguably, the two most sacrilegious words in today's dogmatic liberal world, the f-word for homosexuals and the n-word for African-Americans. The audience's response? Laughter and applause. Not exactly the response that "Duck Dynasty" patriarch, Phil Robertson, received only a few days ago for his views on the same subject.
"I used to do a bit about how....you know....it's not easy being a heterosexual", says Maher. "I mean, it's very tough out there because the sexes are so different but.....you know....when the heterosexual seas get choppy, I don't jump ship and swim to f---g island."
At this, the crowd erupts in laughter and cheers. But, Maher is not finished yet.
"One time, a gay man came up to me after the show, he says, 'You know, I like what you do, but when you say f--g, you know, it's like saying nigg---r', so after that I used nigg--r in the joke.....", Maher chuckled.
Again, the audience erupted in laughter.
Apparently, Maher's fan took issue with the notion he presented in that joke, that homosexuals are quitters, heterosexual men who simply gave up, who had no other choice but to be a homosexual because they simply couldn't cut it in the heterosexual arena.
At this point, Maher asks Camille Paglia for some clarification on the subject matter.
"Well, I think that we are in a period of very politicized gay activism now, where people are saying...uhm....you're born gay. I don't believe for a minute you're born gay. My working hypothesis is that homosexuality is an adaptation to, in some cases, environmental pressures and so on."
In other words, contrary to current popular belief - cemented in large party by pop-cultural influences such as Lady Gaga - people aren't "born that way", they become that way through circumstances in life.
This is particularly important coming from a self-proclaimed lesbian woman in light of the recent draconian legislative measures passed without the consent of the governed in states such as in California and New Jersey, where therapy for gender identify disorder - aka, "gay conversion therapy" - has now been banned.
If, in fact, as Paglia mentioned, homosexuality is the end result of troubled circumstances, or environmental factors, in a person's life, why make it impossible for an individual struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction, to seek the therapy that he/she may be in desperate need of?
As a side note, also in the video - at about the 28-minute mark, Bill Maher is adamant about solidifying his heterosexuality in public, after Paglia proposes that everyone has a "homosexual in them", waiting to come out, under just the right circumstances.
"I say bologna. I...I...I..and I'm not.....(audience laughter and cheering interrupt)....I'm not saying I'm Mr. Macho or anything but I think I'm an average American, red-blooded male, and I have never, under any circumstances, no matter who the guy was, had any urge....there's nothing in me....I promise you.....that ever wanted to look at a man's harry backside."
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