Bill Maher's very public anti-Catholic bigotry on his HBO show gets a pass and gets praised and HBO renews his contract!
But Paula Deen in her private life and never on her show gets canned by the Food Network for a racial epithet for which she profusely apologizes! Why the double standard by the mass media? No apologies from Bill Maher who used bigoted language on his HBO show and he stays, Paula Deen apologizes for something no one knew she said and she's fired!
Paula Deen has never ever on her cooking show at the Cooking Network, ever said anything derogatory about anyone. She is a good ole Georgia gal from Albany, (pronounced All-Benny)Georgia but has lived in Savannah for many years.
As one who grew up in the south, I have blushed in shock and discomfort as I heard little old white ladies, prim and proper use the "n" word and very casually. It is shocking but it is used and we all know it down here, blacks and whites alike. Yes, there is prejudice in the south and racist remarks are made, more so in the past than today, but the "n" word is still used and blacks also use it towards each other and I know this first hand and yes when they saw me blushing they laughed (but that is a cultural thing and I'm not justifying whites using the same epithet by pointing this out).
And while the south has a troubling record with racism, prejudice, not to mention slavery, I would posit that relations today between blacks and whites are much better in Georgia than in Chicago, New York and Boston. I could be wrong, but I think this is true.
But I'm not trying to be an apologist for the south in this regard, but to point out the hypocrisy and double standard of our mass media as it concerns prejudicial remarks made by an entertainer in her private life and ones made by an entertainer regularly on his HBO show. Yes, Bill Maher is perhaps the most bigoted anti-Catholic entertainer there is and weekly raunchy words spew from his mouth, especially toward the Catholic Church and her clergy.
The Catholic League has gone after Bill Maher but to no avail:
There is no other entertainer in the nation who has repeatedly spoken about the Catholic Church, especially its priests, in more vile and obscene terms than Bill Maher. Vicious beyond belief, his remarks would be condemned – indeed he would be fired – if directed at any other demographic group. Over and over again he libels [sic] priests, portraying all of them as sexual abusers. And he does so with impunity.
So, why the double standard? What has Paula Deen said on her show that has been offensive to anyone? What has Bill Maher said on his show that has been bigoted anti-Catholic diatribes?
The mass media's hypocrisy is unbelievable!