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‘Not Everything’s About You’

Screenshot from Bill Maher's monologue Friday night

Bill Maher’s monologue about LGBT is fantastic. The guy is liberal, and pro-LGBT, but he says we have taken this way too far. Above, he’s pointing out that at the statistical rate that the population is declaring itself L, G, B, or T, we will all be LGBT by mid-century. He’s joking, obviously, but it’s a real thing that the percentage of people in US society claiming LGBT status has doubled every generation. This has never before happened in human history. But one is not permitted by the woke gatekeepers to notice this, except to cheer for it. In the monologue, Maher lambasts the ACLU for surrendering its historical dedication to free speech in order to support suppressing trans-critical speech.

There are some funny lines (e.g., “Maybe childhood makes you sad sometimes, and there are other solutions besides, ‘Hand me the dick saw.'”), but there are some strong, substantive points here — and made in a way that today, given where he lives and the professional world in which he lives, constitutes bravery. For example:

I’m happy for LGBT folks that we now live in an age where they can lead their authentic lives openly. And we should always be mindful of respecting and protecting. But someone needs to say it: Not everything’s about you. And it’s okay to ask questions about something that’s very new and involves children.

Watch the whole thing. It’s only nine minutes long, but something like this, from a Los Angeles liberal like Bill Maher, is worth an infinite number of op-eds and blog posts from cultural conservatives like me:

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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