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No, It’s Not Okay for Bill Maher to Make Fun of Special Needs Children, Even If They’re a Palin

sarahpalintrigThere has been a lot of outrage voiced on conservative blogs about Bill Maher recently mocking Trig Palin as “retarded” during one of his comedy routines. Sarah Palin herself took to Twitter to call Maher out, and deservedly so. I have found myself agreeing with a lot of what Bill Maher has said in the past, and I would even go so far as to say that he can be very entertaining to listen to at times. However, making fun of special needs children crosses the line. It doesn’t matter what ridiculous political views the parent(s) of the child have taken — the child does not deserve to be ridiculed. End of story.

I am the father of a special needs daughter who is autistic and has type 1 diabetes. Raising a child is a hard enough job as it is — raising a special needs child is a unique and oftentimes mentally exhausting experience that nobody can truly understand or appreciate unless they have done so themselves. And please spare me the whole line some liberals like to use that Sarah Palin hasn’t “raised” Trig anyway, her hired help has raised him so she hasn’t had to worry about anything. When you have a special needs child, their well-being is always on your mind, regardless of whether or not you have “help” raising them. The same can be said when your raising a child who doesn’t have any “special needs” — but when they do, your awareness and sense of concern is heightened even further.

This hasn’t been a new development for Maher in his quest to provide audiences with “entertainment” at the expense of Trig Palin’s Down syndrome. What’s so hard about being funny without making fun of a special needs child? Certainly Sarah Palin herself is fair game for a wide range of mocking and deserved ridicule as a result of her actions. Bristol Palin, as an adult in the public eye, is fair game as well. Even Willow Palin deserved the criticism she received after posting a homophobic slur on Facebook. There’s a big difference between criticizing and ridiculing a bratty teenager for posting homophobic slurs on Facebook, and ridiculing a 5 year old child for having Down syndrome.

What is Maher trying to prove? That Trig is fair game simply because his mom is a blithering idiot? Weak excuse, and weak comedy. The fact that Maher has ridiculed Trig in a similar fashion in the past is just proof that he doesn’t care. Apparently, this is his way of “pushing the envelope” and being “edgy.” I like edgy comedy — I thoroughly enjoyed every Carlin HBO special, and my wife and I frequently visit the local comedy clubs which are anything but kid friendly. And like I said, I enjoy Bill Maher when he’s on top of his game. But let me reiterate — joking about a special needs child for the sake of “edgy comedy” is not funny, nor should it be acceptable.

I’m not writing this to “stick up” for Sarah Palin, or to vilify Maher and suggest people permanently boycott everything he’s involved with. In my opinion, Sarah Palin herself is a pathetic politician, terrible commentator and questionable human being (at best). But she’s also a mom, and I’m not going to judge her special needs child, or sit back silently as others cruelly mock his Down syndrome for the sake of cheap laughs from the weak-minded. When the person doing the mocking is supposedly on “my side” of the political spectrum, it leads to easy material for hate mongering right-wing blogs to say, “See, liberals laugh at and make fun of special needs children!” Which, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth with most liberals.

I genuinely hope that Bill Maher thinks long and hard about the message he’s sending. It’s not okay to ridicule special needs children, regardless of who their parents are. If we can’t make this known and call out anybody who’s doing it — regardless of whether or not they’re on “our side” — then we’ve failed in the fight against bullying. And I won’t sit back and let that happen without making my voice heard.

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Thomas Barr is a writer and activist whose work has been featured on CNN.com and other locations across the net. He works tirelessly online and off to further the Progressive movement and fight for causes close to his heart, such as Type 1 Diabetes and cancer research. Thomas is also a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and Executive Editor of ForwardProgressives.com. Be sure to check out his archives on Forward Progressives for more of his viewpoints.

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  • Trevor Oestreich

    Then don’t watch him, easy peazy. Geesh.

    • Jacob

      Problem is, it’s just not ethical.

      • KathyBland

        to not watch?

      • David Chappy

        lol

      • David Chappy

        WHAT is not ethical, Jason? The fact that you sound like a douche, talking about something you have no fucking concept of? You mean THAT ethical?! THAT ONE??!!!! Because you dont know how to read BEFORE you pas judgment, here is the fucking joke, which was NOT a slight toward THE CHILD at all, NOR DOES IT INCLUDE THE FUCKING WORD retard AT ALL EITHER, “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”. ….Now, kindly take your RETARDED ass back to wherever you came from and stick your head BACK in the sand. CAPICHE?!

    • Jacob

      Problem is, it’s just not ethical.

    • David Chappy

      lemon breezy..

  • Tru

    Either everyone is exempt from being made fun of, or no one is.

    • MidgardMortal

      Wrong. Someone old enough to say or do something worthy of ridicule is one thing. Young children are innocent and do not deserve to be used as targets. Nor should anyone be attacked for just being who they are/how they were born: disabled, gay, black, etc… Period.

      • jim

        the child was not attacked or even the butt end of the joke. this article makes no sense.

    • David Chappy

      Tru…you false.

  • Tru

    Either everyone is exempt from being made fun of, or no one is.

  • kirsten zielinski

    well..maher was wrong. totally, completely wrong. now maybe the conservatives can leave obamas kids alone? no kid needs adults commenting on them..special needs or not. no kid can help what their parents are.. leae the kids alone… period. end of story.

    • David

      The joke wasn’t about her kids, rendering what your said meaningless. Labeled a child retarded as apposed to special needs is hardly an attack. Dumb article.

      • mrtapeguy

        Dumber comment. He has already specifically made fun of a kid with Downes Syndrome. You can go enjoy more of Maher with pathetic glee.

      • jcowan1976

        mrtapeguy, you are an idiot !!! Bastards like you are pretending to be upset about Maher’s comments but advocate for policies that devastate the lives of these ‘retarded’ children. Go suck an egg with your fake outrage. Jackass !!!

      • David Chappy

        nicely put. I could learn from you….NOW GET OFF THIS THREAD!!! I AM THE ONLY TROLL HERE!!!!!

      • David Chappy

        Ok, first, He did no such thing. Just like your experience with the bible, you didnt watch it all. Second, …just fuck you.

      • James Worcester

        Maher screwed up. Human beings do that. He is not perfect, and certainly no “Messiah”.

      • Kari

        Maher screwed up – yes for sure, but there are excusable and inexcusable “screw-ups”. His one inexcusable. He believes big money can allow him to push the limits. No one is the Messiah, but people with ethics, morals and compassion – DON’T MAKE THESE KIND OF SCREW-UPS!

      • James Worcester

        Agreed, but like most news stories today, this is more entertainment than news. “The Romans and the lions” deal. We, as a nation, have bigger fish to fry.

      • David Chappy

        Hello? Is anyone inside that caved in skull? No! , no, Limurgher does NOT consider himself a comedian. He is a “radio personality”, …a large steaming pile of over medicated shit to the rest of the world. Maher has sound reason and evidence with empirical data to support his shit. AND he is funny, unless of course your asshole is so tight you cant beat a toothpick through it with a ball pen hammer. He doesnt work toward offending anyone but the fuckdouchery already worthy of ball stomping. To put Bill Maher in the same category with Limpburger is like trying to put you into the same category as the intelligencia…it just dont work! Have a nice day, Sir Douche-a-lot.

      • David Chappy

        excusable and inexcusable? Oh, you mean excusable as long as they fit in with and agree with your political/ religious leanings, and inexcusable if it is anyone else? You are such a close minded douche, it is pitiful. And YES, EVERYONE makes mistakes…look at your parents!

      • hiatt111

        Spoken like a true lib. You guys are great for comedic relief. It doesn’t get much better than this! Go Davey, shout your liberal gibberish from a mountain top. Hoo Rah.

      • David Chappy

        I am glad you are enjoying the show. For my next trick, I am gonna swing by my dick hairs. Wait for that! And if youre real good, I have an after show show that might prove to be,. shall we say,…divine! Bring your nipple clamps.

      • hiatt111

        Ya think?………..omg

      • Kari

        YES it is – you don’t get it David. If you were up with what is ok and not ok you’d know that there has been a big campaign to X out the “R” word. It has so many negative connotations attached to it that indirectly or directly get attached to individuals with special needs. All I see here is a person who has no sympathy, definitely no empathy and for certain doens’t understand the word compassion.

      • Scott Eaton

        You sound retarded

      • David Chappy

        Funny, Bill Rubin opines to try and inject his criteria for what is wrong or right up my ass, yet he “likes” the same post I do, wherein you call someone retarded. Wow….that boy got serious issues

      • David Chappy

        And if you werent such an incredible douchebag, you would know that the word “retarded” is a MEDICAL term, and FUCK ALL YOU politically correct windbag motherfuckers!! “I dont like a word,I will whine until it is changed”…It doesnt chaneg a goddamn thing except what we call it! Retarded is STILL retarded!!! You judgmental bitch, SHUT THE FUCK UP!

      • Bill Rubin

        David, your language and insults are totally unnecessary. You undermine your point and diminish the points you fairly make. I hope you might learn a lesson for the future. I don’t disagree with you about the word “retarded” in that liberals want to screen that from our vocabulary to assuage their own sensitivity. But your needless use of foul language and insult completely overshadows this and makes you look, appropriately, like the windbag, too. Please don’t be so retarded. (See how I used that for you and against you?)

      • David Chappy

        shut the fuck up….eat a pile of cocks. Liberals dont want to do any such thing. WE are not the limiting, control douchebags that want to run the fucking country… And since you are the hypocrite and USE the word retarded after expressing your dislike of it, it proves youre a dick. Personally, I am the kind of LIBERAL that doesnt CARE what the next person chooses to say. You can say anything out your mouth., But when it comes to backing that shit up, you can be assured I can stand on mine! That being said, stop following me around everywhere,….youre starting to make my asshole pucker…P.S. Did I say eat a bag of cocks yet? NO!!!! No, I didnt!!!! I actually said “eat a PILE of cocks”…Now, I am telling you to suck a bag of cocks….NO!!! NO, I am not, in fact, I told you to EAT a pile of cocks!!So, do whatever you want, eat, suck, bags, piles of cocks. Its all up to you. Have a nice day, that is all.

      • Bill Rubin

        As a gay liberal registered Republican, I would be delighted to Chappy. Your painfully pathetic attempts to shock and intimidate are really sad. Your need to use expletives at every turn suggests you really aren’t terribly bright. You have yet to make a point–other than making ridiculous claims and then not defending them, instead attacking people with bad words, Do you feel better now? I doubt it. Your insistence to continue personal attacks is fairly clear evidence that you are LYING your butt off about being liberal. Liberals are supposed to respect difference; you attack it. Liberals don’t always have the same position and still can respect a well-defended premise with supporting evidence; you do nothing of the kind. Bring me all the piles you want. You’re still unable to either defend or refute why Bill Maher should or should not be able to say the word retarded. Just because you like or dislike something doesn’t actually suffice as a defense in a discussion. Bye bye. Take your imaginary 148 IQ and try to repeat 4th grade where you learn to use such language sparingly if at all.

      • David Chappy

        A gay, liberal, Republican??!! Wow…you obviously have no idea WHO you are. And if you think the use of “expletives” is a sign of one’s intellectual capacity, you are the moron. Yes, in fact, I feel great!!! Thanks for asking…douche. See, I have this guy on some trivial site on the internet who has taken it upon himself to act like a cop and a preacher and tell me how I am being and what I am doing, although I know FULL WELL what I am up to, and by his continued responses, I am doing a good job at what I am doing…Its called fishing!! And youre the guppy!!! I spent two days on here just throwing out bullshit, waiting to see what dumbass I was gonna catch who would get in his feelings and show the rest of the internet world what a painfully out of touch, insecure and stupid person he really is. You might not understand my game, but you dont have to…ITS MY GAME, and you LOSE, DUMBASS!! P.S. And by the way, no one EVER said Bil Maher SHOULD be able to use the word retarded. I have stated over and over that he NEVER SAID THAT. Again, youre a moron running his mouth about something he has no idea about. You dont even deserve a copy/paste of the actual joke he made. Go look at my other posts, you moron. Thus, I have EFFECTIVE proven EVERY point I have attempted to make on here. youre just too stupid to realize when youve lost. And its a 146 IQ dumbass. You cant even get it right when it is posted right in front of you…pitiful. I guess you ARE a “gay, liberal, Republican”…although you obviously dont understand what a liberal is at all based on your attack of my expression of my first amendment right

      • David Chappy

        And by the way…if youre gay AND a Republican, not only are you STUPID, but youre a traitor to BOTH sides. Stupid fucking twit! Liberal, you are NOT!

      • Reconnector

        Last time stop with the Gay bashing language !! Last time !

      • David Chappy

        SHUT THE FUCK UP MORON!! How the FUCK is this gay bashing WHEN I AM GAY?!! And what the fuck you gonna do tough guy if I dont?!

      • David Chappy

        by the way, dicksucker….how the FUCK you gonna tell someone else THEY are gay bashing (when I am gay!)…does this look familiar? It should, it came off your profile… “Reconnector • 2 months ago

        He sucks, chokes, can’t follow directions and the people WHO Matter DON”T LIKE HIM !!! HE is done ! good ! He should be at church on sunday were he goes over well !”…He sucks and chokes? Who’is gay bashing now hypocite?

      • hiatt111

        Don’t tell David to shut up, he is a poster boy for liberals. I see nothing out of “liberal character” here.

      • David Chappy

        Why spank you, spank you very much!

      • Bill Rubin

        He isn’t liberal. He is a moron trying to stir reaction. I suspect he leads a terribly dull life and has little else to do but blow expletives at people and pretend to be things he isn’t. Like intelligent. IQ 146? Unable to construct a decent argument or defend any premises? UNLIKELY.

      • David Chappy

        again, running your mouth even though you already lost… See people, the whole point is that there are a lot of sheep out there that dont even understand the meaning of words, like “liberal”. He calls himself one, accuses me of being one. Anyone else see the retardedness in that?

      • Reconnector

        You’re not “smart” you’re fucking off your meds and need a good nap !! Go put on your jimmy’s have a cookie and some milk and go to bed bunky you’re stupid button is on RED!! RED means stop Sonny !! You are an embarrassment shut the hell up !

      • David Chappy

        suck…my…dick…pussy…Sounds like youre off your meds too!

      • David Chappy

        there is also a big move to mark out dumbass whiny bitches that just need ANY Bold thing to complain about, but I see youre still here…looks like that movement aint shit either.

      • mrtapeguy

        Well, it certainly went over your head. Not surprising really.

    • Aaron

      Nah, I think that conservatives absolutely love that Maher said what he said. Now, they can say “Oh, we all know you liberals like to make fun of disabled people” and point to what he said as an example. Just another way they can bash people now.

      • kirsten zielinski

        the conservatives were going after obama’s kids long ago.. you should never go after anyones kids.. the kids did not chose the parents and they have nothing to do with any of it. leave the kids alone.. wait. i think i have heard that some place before…

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Since when have conservatives cared about disabled people? 2/3 of Medicaid goes for the elderly and disabled, but they want to cut Medicaid every chance they get.

      • mrtapeguy

        You seem to feel there is some sort of monopoly on offensive behavior. For every Rush there is an Ed Schultz. For every Ted Nugent there is a Bill Maher. If you look at these comments a lot of them support what Maher said and the article is dismissed, while you presume it just provides fodder for the right without addressing the core issue. I guess you think it’s OK then because the right is worse. Sounds legit.

      • David Chappy

        How the FUCK you gonna compare ted nugent with bill maher???!!! a shit wearing, ignorant, pedophile coward versus an intellectual, sophisticated, thoughtful stoner! Wow…you really ARE fucked in the head.

    • mrtapeguy

      what did they say about Obama’s kids?

      • David Chappy

        Oh, you didnt hear? I guess you were too busy looking for excuses to bash anything liberal…

      • David Chappy

        douche.

  • fabjtown

    So he’s guilty of calling him retarded as apposed using the term down syndrome? Wow…you really got him there…way to be fair and balanced on the left now. Oh, and your gorgeous quote: “When you have a special needs child, their well-being is always on your mind, regardless of whether or not you have “help” raising them”. Really? What about when you run for vice president and you have no idea where Europe is? Guess what, America should be on your mind. The tax payer should be on your mind. The safety and well being of the citizens that pay your salary should be on your mind. Foreign policy, facts, information, logic…yeah those should be IN your mind. She gets no pass…ever. Her son also was mislabeled slur in a comedy bit which in no way trampled on him but rather his mothers ethics. A slur used everyday and 90% of the time used in a normal fashion. “Retarded” being used for a child that is mentally retarded is hardly bashing. F*** Sarah Palin and shame on you for helping to keep her relevant. Get back to the news, your finished here…

    • David Chappy

      *opposed to…..”way to be fair and balanced on the left now.” Of course, you DO realize that was the RIGHT, NOT the left?

  • Johnny

    Blah blah I’m offended blah blah people need to do what I want them to do because my own kids are this way, blah blah.

    Get over it and grow up, Bill Maher is the shit, and he can say whatever he wants, end of story. Next we should picket Family Guy and South Park for doing this EXACT SAME THING.

    P.S. – I’m a father to a special needs child.

    • jessica

      I am thinking your child’s special needs may be that you are their father?

      • joey

        failed joke :(

      • JaySBee

        Worked for me. Failed for you. Sucks that it did. Moving on.

      • James Worcester

        So, Jessica, you seem to think that because a man does not buy ino all this “poltically correct” bullshit, he can’t be a good father? Guess again, nitwit.

      • David Chappy

        shut up, cunt.

      • David Chappy

        shut up bitch! that kinda shit can get your teeth kicked in. Oh wait…I’m supposed to be “sensitive……..FUCK THAT!!!

  • Tony Hubl

    Sarah Palin is retarded, Trig is cognitively disabled. Don’t be a dick, Bill.

    • mrtapeguy

      Look at the libs giving your asshole comment the thumbs up – par for the course – you’re all just like Maher. Disgusting.

      • Aaron

        Prime example of what I was saying.

      • mrtapeguy

        yes, so focus on me – but notice all I said was that the comments were disgusting without calling anyone names. I’m not the one behaving like a 12-yr old.

      • David Chappy

        No, you are complaining about everyone BUT you, and you think it is all about you,,,you even said “look at me”….just like a 12 yr old, but your not a 12 yr old…

      • mrtapeguy

        How is it about me? It’s about how many people in this thread support what Maher said. Jeez David, go back to your name-calling – it made more sense.

      • David Chappy

        I quote you saying “look at me”, and you think I make no sense…wow.

      • Randeman

        Well, thanks for your feedback. Please feel free to go kill yourself.

      • mrtapeguy

        Ah, can you feel the love from the more inclusive, more accepting, more tolerant side of the fence. What a joke. You and Maher go get a room already.

      • Randeman

        He’d be worth getting a room for than anyone on your side.

      • David Chappy

        We dont have to tolerate hate or ignorance…its in the Geneva convention…look it up!

      • hiatt111

        Go Davey, tell em about how bad “hate” is. Do it in your own special loving way. You’re awesome Dave.

      • David Chappy

        teehee

      • Reconnector

        Grow up dickhead for chris sake !! WHINE WHINE wah wah wah wah ffcckkk how old are you anyway 8 ??

      • mrtapeguy

        You’re telling ME to grow up? Who exactly is it who is talking like an 8 year old and can’t spell or complete an actual sentence?

        Like I said, you and Bill go get a room.

      • Reconnector

        look bitch boy, you spasm all over the place and I am communicating with you on YOUR LEVEL Sparky !!

      • David Chappy

        Funny how this douche, “Reconnector” gives all you guys shit, and gives me shit too…I introduce all of you to your next troll. If youre interested in seeing just what kind of pond scum HE is, click on his full profile and you will see ALL his comments are attacks at everyone in general.

      • hiatt111

        Another prime example of a LIB. This site is GREAT!

      • Reconnector

        I’ve a prime example of a LIB right here puissant. You a tough guy ?? Whats you major problem, being a member of the STUPID PARTY OF LOSERS ? Or just be a grumpy POS little twinky ?? Stop pouting and gad damnit stop taking things so personal you nut job !! Wah wah wah they called me names after I called them names wah wah weah grow up skippy !

      • hiatt111

        Now that hurts my feelings.

      • David Chappy

        wow…you cant make up your mind WHO’S nuts you want to swing on, can you? First you go off on me, then you go off on them when I go off on them …Yeah, youre a nutbag alright.

      • Reconnector

        you are just too stupid to be deal with !!

      • mojones1

        How so? I don’t see much support for Maher’s comments here.

      • Randeman

        You kinda missed the point, there, sweet cheeks.

      • David Chappy

        HAHA!!! I knew it! I KNEW IT!!! I said you were too busy looking for liberal mistakes…AND HERE IS THE PROOF!!!! LOL!!! MOTHER FUCKER, who are you to tell someone whom they can “thumbs up?” Eat a pile of cocks you conservative FUCK!

      • Bill Rubin

        If you are attempting to convince anyone that you’re liberal but calling other people “conservative” and many needless expletives, you aren’t succeeding. You simply sound like an ignorant blowhard who can’t construct an intelligent argument of defend a premise.

      • David Chappy

        Have I at ANY time said I was liberal? And for your information, with an IQ of 146 and Degrees in Sociology AND Criminal Justice, I can formulate arguments that would astound you…I CHOOSE not to. Getting dumb motherfuckers to respond to my OBVIOUSLY inane and pointless comments actually shows everyone ELSE how little control YOU have, and how much I HAVE.

      • JohnAbramson

        You are amusing…………………..with all those credentials, you’d think wasting your time berating people online would be boring, but I see you’ve found your calling.

      • David Chappy

        Says the moron that responds to so many of my posts….what? Do you have more time than the rest of us? Hypocrite.

      • Reconnector

        easy now Silver !! These Stupid People from the Stupid Party are still whining about get shellacked again in the General Election !! They whine and pout like little girls but the name calling using gay bashing language is NOT allowed. Stop that shit !! My sister is GAY and I fucking have a very sore spot when you do that shit !!!

      • David Chappy

        If you have a sore spot, I would recommend more LIBERAL use of KY Jelly or Vaseline.

      • Catherine Anne Smith

        What? How do you know the political leanings of anyone? Bill Maher is NOT a “liberal.” He is a “libertarian,” or that is what he allies himself to. I am a liberal/progressive and no, I did not give anyone the thumbs up. “We” liberals are not all like Maher. We are not all like anyone, as a part of liberalism is a tolerance for diversity.

      • David Chappy

        Tolerance for diversity, but not tolerance for anyone else thinking differently than you…wow.

      • mrtapeguy

        David, you are correct so sadly, we agree.

      • David Chappy

        haha…see when people get over their feelings, they realize I actually have something worthwhile to say…

      • Reconnector

        you are not paying attention you ignorant tbrainer !! Very few of us would condone this type of language about the disabled regardless of the age, disease and looney bird parents, it is still off limits !! Now you need to check yourself. Look here is the deal YOU LOST AGAIN BADLY, GET OVER IT ! You nominate a moron, you will Lose next time to Hillary why ? You are the Stupid Party that still shows how racist you are and the only people to vote for you candidates will be older white people and believe that ain’t enough !! You lost get it together we need a stable, reasonable, sane GOP !! What we have now is the Insane Clown Posse !!! Wise up… stop with race baiting, women hating, Gay rejecting platform and get back to a party of Moderate Conservatives that help balance our nations Policies out !!

      • mrtapeguy

        Wow, what a moron. I’m not a Republican Einstein…but thanks for the rant.

      • mrtapeguy

        Except I’m not a Republican, Einstein. D’oh!!

      • Reconnector

        I KNOW DAFFY ! That’s why I said you were Embarrassing the rest of Progressives !! Stop it !! They are the STUPID PARTY let them be that !!

    • Kari

      I think you need to EX out the word “retarded”. It’s offensive and undeserving to be used about anyone – using it to describe the child’s mother is just as much a mockery to any person who has cognitive disabilities.

      • mrtapeguy

        People like this like to say things like that Karl – they act as if only the right does it but there’s no monopoly on childlike behavior.

      • David Chappy

        I think YOU need to X out your mouth, bitch, you have said MORE than enough…

      • Bill Rubin

        David, you really are unworthy of a blog with language and needless name calling such as you continue to spout. Everyone is free to exchange ideas and debate their points, but your foul language is completely rude and just makes everyone think you are a blowhard. It also makes anything else you say sound just as stupid and thoughtless. Feel free to continue, of course–as your trifling words don’t bother me in the slightest. But they are unnecessary and make you sound like an unintelligent idiot who just has a big mouth.

      • David Chappy

        shut up, dick sucker.

      • JohnAbramson

        Hahahahahaha! How cute!

      • JohnAbramson

        David just realized he is a grown-up. Yay!!!!

      • David Chappy

        shut up bitch.

      • mrtapeguy

        What are you, 12? I guess your mother forgot to wash your mouth out with soap. What’s next? “Hey faggot!”

      • David Chappy

        Yeah, considering I am gay, “hey faggot” would be the first thing I would say. Just the fact that you had to go there is insight into how you think….

      • JohnAbramson

        Oh, you are offended by language and we all need to conform to YOUR standards? Go to the playground, cause that’s where you left your mind!

      • mrtapeguy

        Offended, no. Observant about what kind of people use it rather than respectful, civil discourse? You bet.

      • JohnAbramson

        We are adults, why filter ANY language. Doth it hurt-eth thy ears? Fuckin’ give me a break, you infant.

      • mrtapeguy

        The class act speaks…well played sir.

    • kshering

      My son is Mentally disabled, under no circumstance is the term retarded EVER acceptable, Tony

      • kshering

        …and I’m a Democrat

      • David Chappy

        fuck you anyway

      • kshering

        Lol, how long did it take you to come up with that intelligentresponse??

      • David Chappy

        about two seconds after I saw youre dumbshit posts and realized spending time actually saying something intelligent, which I am MORE than capable of with an IQ of 146, would be an incredible waste of time, so I opted for just insulting you and saving you the time of having to PROVE that all liberals do is insult people…Fact is, we just insult dumbasses…dumbass. Have a nice day, dick.

      • JohnAbramson

        You are an ignorant fuck, and your IQ is probably closer to 70, but because of your expert command of the English Language, I would bump you up 2 points.

      • David Chappy

        Aaaaand no one STILL gives a fuck what youre talking about. Eat a dick old man.

      • Reconnector

        Shut the fuck up man !! No One is left of me on hardly anything and you are an EMBARASSMENT !! Your so smart then act like it !!! WTF you wake up with a turd in your mouth r what ?? Why in the fuck have you let Stupid People from the Stupid racist bigoted Party get to you !! You take everything so gad damn personal !

      • David Chappy

        The thing your stupid ass fails to understand, as I stated so succinctly to Bill Rubin, is that I was fishing, and I caught him after two days…I know EXACTLY what I am doing, fish head. Now YOU shut the fuck up, get back in your woman clothes, climb under a rock and stuff a fist in your ass and MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS DOUCHE!!! You aint no bad motherfucker, you weak bitch.

      • hiatt111

        well, thats one strike against you right there

      • kshering

        Lol

      • hiatt111

        Sorry, I could’t resist the temptation. :)

      • David Chappy

        and a douche…

      • David Chappy

        stop acting retarded

    • Bill Rubin

      Tony, you are full entitled to use the word, retarded, as you see fit, without offending me. However, there is no need for name calling (e.g. “dick”). It merely suggests you are mean-spirited and can’t defend your argument or opinions terribly well.

      • David Chappy

        blah blah blah…shut the fuck up Officer Rubin. The internet police want their tin badge back.

  • Juliane Janek

    What is the text of the actual joke?

    • David Chappy

      Oh my god…is your scroller broke? But just cause yer kinda cute… “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.

  • Jack

    I like Bill Maher, but this crosses a line and puts him in the same category as Rush for “Stupid Shit I Shouldn’t Have Said”.

  • Tom J

    I hate stupid people, and many of you are. The joke is the ethics behind what Sarah Palin does. It is not about her son. Stop being stupid please. Less Britney and talk radio. thanks.

    • Paula Payne

      It’s not even about ethics. It’s about comparing the asshats at Fox to a child with Down’s syndrome. Maybe you should get a clue.

      • hiatt111

        lol, tell em Paula, Bill M. rocks. He would NEVER say anything so demeaning would he? Paula you are truly special.

      • David Chappy

        back in your box…BACK! BACK I TELL YOU!!!!

      • David Chappy

        Yeah, shes the “special” you said Scene 1 was…

      • David Chappy

        No, you stupid bitch, its not.

  • Bigmtnskier

    Inane article, first how many asinine comments has Sarah Palin made about President Obama, his family, his wife? How about the Tea Party who adores her who paints racist pictures of Obama, makes thinly veiled death threats, I mean the list goes on and on. Palin and her reality celebrity whoreish family starved for attention has to take all they beg for good and bad…no sympathy here…

    • Common sense

      I agree.. who thought of Obama’s children when they see how the rightwingers portray or speak about their parents.. where’s the fairness there? If you don’t want nastiness coming to you, then don’t direct nastiness to anyone else.. You get what you give.. Karma’s a bitch, eh Sarah? You get no quarter from me either..

    • Fay Brewer

      It’s not inane to leave special needs kids alone. Trig isn’t responsible for her silly mother, so she should be left strictly alone. It’s also not inane to ask people not to be hypocrites. Progressives are supposed to be “the sensitive ones” right? Being a troglodyte is best left to the experts – the radical conservatives.

      • willietrohut

        Trig is a girl?

      • Fay Brewer

        Forgive me for getting that wrong, but do you think that’s relevant for much besides an “I gotcha?”

      • willietrohut

        I thought maybe I had the gender wrong. Funny how defensive some people get.

      • Fay Brewer

        It is, isn’t it? I was just confused to how relevant it was to the discussion.

      • willietrohut

        Having correct information is relevant to any discussion. It can reflect on all the other things one says.

      • David Chappy

        PRETTY FUCKING RELEVANT, YOU STUPID TWIT!

      • David Chappy

        yes, it shows a lack of empathy for gender.. see what I did there? It is so EASY to focus on ONE WORD you say…much like using the word RETARDED (a medical term) !

      • David Chappy

        you silly cunt, what part of “he didnt say anything about the baby” do you NOT understand?! And “she should have been left alone”..? You should have thought of that when they were bashing the presidents daughters parents, the president. (teehee, I like to mess with your head…) and whi in the FUCK ever said “progressives are suppossed to be the sensitive ones”? Youre head is just chocked FULL of bullshit, aint it?

  • T Mb

    Hate when people feel they must quantify their right to speak on a subject by saying….”I’m a parent of____”….I was so with you until I got to that statement.

  • MarkTemporis

    He did it again? That’s pretty weak, especially as Palin herself is a has-been. If he brought her up during his last show’s monologue, that’s the most press she’s gotten in months!

    • David Chappy

      no, he didnt. Now go back to your world of warcraft game.

  • Guest

    In
    comedy ANYTHING goes…if you get butthurt over a few retard jokes, you
    need to get a life…If that’s all it takes to piss you off, seriously,
    just kill yourself now…

  • Howard Hendrickson

    In
    comedy, ANYTHING goes…if you get butthurt over a few retard jokes, you
    need to get a life…If that’s all it takes to piss you off, seriously,
    just kill yourself now…

  • Derek

    I agreed with the article. Children aren’t the target. “But the other guys do it.” Yes. We’re better than the other guys. Remember?

    • David Chappy

      then youre a dumbass.

  • usmale475

    Who care what Palin says or thinks i sure don’t…and for you that cant take a joke i guess you never watched George Carlin? or Carlos Mencia, grow up Dee DA DEE

  • Jojo

    Fuck Sarah Palin and her ENTIRE family.

  • Jessica

    As the mother of a wonderful son (who will turn 24 in a few weeks) who just happens to have Downs Syndrome, I couldn’t agree more! I love Bill Maher but don’t like his take on Trig — leave the kids out of it, unless they enter into it….

    • Jessica

      For the record, I didn’t like it when Rush referred to Chelsea Clinton as the “family dog” either. I think the children of politicians should be left alone, unless they voluntarily enter into the fray

      • David Chappy

        blah blah blah…and do you REALLY have to use the thread to talk to yourself? It gives schitzophrenic creepiness a whole new meaning. Just lay back on your oversized bed and talk away,,,we dont need to be witness to that shit…

    • David Chappy

      “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”….Shut up Jessica, you dont know what you are talking about.

  • Jason Gardner

    bill maher is an asshole anyways…. him and oreily should both be off of the air

    • David Chappy

      No, that would be YOU who is the asshole.

      • Jason Gardner

        Good comeback 9 days later? Bad troll is bad

      • David Chappy

        nine days or yesterday…youre STILL an asshole. Some things, time never changes.

  • Catherine Anne Smith

    Spot on. Maher is so wrong. His arrogance got the best of him. That is exactly what parenting un-does. When you have a child, you realize you are not the center of the universe. Big oops on his part. And Thanks. Best to you for sharing your story and for speaking out.

    • David Chappy

      NO! NO, he is NOT wrong!! He didnt fucking say it, you judgmental nitwit!! This is actually what he said, “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”….now kindly go back to knitting or eating the head of your spouse after sex, or whatever it is you do when youre NOT trying to think.

      • Catherine Anne Smith

        What? What? I happen to THINK that what Maher said was arrogant. Taking care of any baby is hard work and insulting anyone for doing so is arrogant. I don’t like Sarah Palin and I often agree with Bill Maher, but he does get full of himself at times and this was one of those times. Your attempts to insults me are just plain old stupid. If you really want to insult me, you have to aim a lot better.

      • David Chappy

        Boy, you are a painful kind of stupid, arent you? He wasnt making fun of the baby, or the fact that she was taking care of him, he was making a very factual statement…her day job IS taking care of a down syndrome baby. He said doing commentary for FOX was like doing that. THUS, he was jabbing at FOX, YOU FUCKING MORON!! If I want to insult you, I have to aim a lot lower.

      • Catherine Anne Smith

        That I can write logically & clearly is evidence that I am neither stupid nor moronic, although I think that may be redundant. I sense your aim is about as low as one could get & still be firing, albeit erratically. You missed. Wildly. You are barely in the field, much less the range. I am picturing a two-year old right now, throwing a temper tantrum because he is not the center of attention. But, rather than focus on the baby with the gun, let us get back to who is the center of this conversation–another egotist: Bill Maher. His comment was inappropriate. He tried to score points by slamming a parent who cares for a cognitively impaired child. Caring for a child is not something anyone with an ounce of decency makes fun of, down’s syndrome or not. Comparing the listeners of Faux News to a Down’s Syndrome child is an insult to that child. That is what is inappropriate. It was a cheap shot and it missed.

      • David Chappy

        Not stupid or moronic, yet you admit to being redundant…THAT is stupid and moronic! Besides, being able to write logically and clearly does NOT bar you from being either of those, making you BOTH of those. A two yr old having a temper tantrum? LOL!! I am laughing my ass off at your stupidity in failing to understand just what in the hell is going on here. Do you know HOW many comments I have received? I AM the center of attention, you compacted blowhole. And to PROVE you are stupid, you go on to state that Bill Mahers comment was inappropriate. Please, oh toiletbowl licker, TELL us JUST what his comment was …word for word! You cant do it can you, Princess Dumbella? Well, so you can understand how stupid you truly are, HERE is what he said…(I just KNOW you will fail to even understand what his joke was about at all)…”While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.” And because I just read your comment and KNOW you didnt get it, I will explain it to you. Listen closely, I will go r…e…a..l… slow for you…He wasnt even bashing Palin, he was bashing FOX NEWS, you stupid fucking twit. You are a pretentious, ignorant, overly sensitive, (dare I say) woman, who must have been treated miserably all her life in order to not be able to laugh at a FUCKING JOKE. Maybe you could take your cues from people like me, who know how to laugh at dumbasses like you…..ha…..ha…..ha.

  • Michele Beck

    Name calling is not only mean it also shows the lack of humanness in the name caller. So retarded is offensive as is blithering idiot!

    • David Chappy

      shut up bitch.

  • Natural_Man

    He was wrong. Don’t know if he has kids or not but if he does, it surprises me that he could make such callous remarks. For awhile now his act has become stale and old and his idiotic remarks toward this innocent is further proof of that. Note to Bill M. pick on someone your own size.

    • David Chappy

      No! No, he’s NOT wrong! He didnt fucking say it douchebag!! “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”….Note to Natural_Man: I am sure that your name is an attempt at increasing your machismo, but it aint working, you still got a small dick. Go pick on DEEZ NUTZ!!!

  • Retarded mom

    It’s all semantics. Why does “retarded” tick people off so much? My son has DS and I am far more upset with the term “special” — I think it’s insulting to them and to their siblings who are made to feel less than special when people use that term.

    • Aaron

      Semantics are a silly thing. At work, I can’t even refer to someone as “handicapped”. I have to use “____-impaired” (vision-impaired, hearing-impaired, etc).

      In a few months, I won’t even be able to say “impaired” anymore.

  • RedDonnaAnn

    I heard a sober comic attending an AA meeting make a rape joke. It forever changed how I feel about him. I now have zero respect for him and could care less if he stays sober or dies drunk in the gutter. So inappropriate.

    • David Chappy

      then youre a douchebag that doesnt understand what AA is all about. “what other people think is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!” Maybe you need to talk to your sponsor about judging others…youre no fucking Bonus yourself, sister!

  • MHM

    Agreed. Not okay at all, no matter who you are or what your political beliefs are. No exceptions.

    • David Chappy

      dumbass…did you READ the fucking joke? “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”….now shut the fack up!

  • Holly

    This isn’t the first time Bill Maher has made fun of a person with cognitive disability. Several years ago, on his old cable show, he compared “retarded” persons to his pet dogs. Seems like this is a recurring theme for him.

    • David Chappy

      Youre RIGHT…it ISNT the first time, BECAUSE HE DIDNT FUCKING DO IT, YOU MIND NUMBING TWATWAFFLE!!!! “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”. WHERE IN THE FUCK DO YOU SEE HIM MAKING FUN OF A RETARDED KID?!

  • weslen1

    Bill Maher did not call Trig Palin a “retard”. What he SAID is this:

    “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”

    THAT is about SARAH and the idiots at FOX who are as ignorant as SHE IS, not about her son. The implication of the JOKE is that SHE is not intelligent enough to talk to ADULTS, and Maher is absolutely right.

    • Paula Payne

      Thanks for posting. I was a tad skeptical when the quote in its entirety was not published.

    • motherunit

      Thank you for posting that. I remembered the joke from HBO, but I didn’t remember him saying the “R” word. Not the classiest joke he’s ever done, but not as bad as some are making it out to be. It was not a slam on kids with DS or Trig. It wasn’t even directly slamming Palin. It was actually about FOX “News” and their viewers.

      • David Chappy

        “talking to a baby with retarded”? No, doesnt sound right

      • hiatt111

        Thats right libs, he meant in a caring way.

      • David Chappy

        And motherfucker, dont think I dont know youre a cock snorting conservative douchebag…I have just chosen you as my familiar. Dont…get…out…of…line…

    • Joseph

      Why are you sharing a quote from 2010 and trying to play it off as what he said in the recent show that the article is talking about? Great way to misinform tons of people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PXk_xzI59sY

      Not to mention the article itself links a review of one of his recent shows which confirms that he joked about Trig as a “retard”

      Oh, and then there’s this… Bill Maher saying retarded children are like dogs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Xe57F77ZKIs

      • TravestyIntl

        The review was written by a conservative blogger that said he was so disgusted that he couldn’t remember the exact joke. I wouldn’t necessarily call that confirmation. I am a fan of Bill Maher’s but he definitely can cross the line and take things too far. He may have done it in this instance but I still can’t find what he said at this show.

      • Scott6113

        Actually Weslen set the record straight. The youtube link you cited used the term Down’s Syndrome. If you have a clip where he calls Trig retarded post it. Otherwise, as Rachel Maddow would say, I’m calling bull pucky.

      • hiatt111

        OMG, he quoted Rachel Maddow. This site is nothing but awesome.

    • Sherry

      That is NOT what this is about. What this is about is what he said during a live show on June 8th.

      “Futrell, a former Las Vegas sports broadcaster and Breitbart News contributor, says on his blog that Maher used the term “retarded” to describe young Trig Palin during the comedy performance.”

      • David Chappy

        which is a lie

      • hiatt111

        Tell em Dave!

      • David Chappy

        Were you not paying attention, toy, …? I think I just did.

    • kshering

      Heard it quoted on the View, don’t get HBO,thank you for setting the record straight. I must say I did find the quote from the View highly offensive.

  • MamaBear

    You’re kidding right? I found ONE count em ONE reference that he said this….meanwhile, like it or not Trig (who is undoubtedly intellectually disabled-aka mentally retarded) received far more services than the average Downs syndrome child -at tax payer expense simply because he had a mother with clout who knew where to go for ALL benefits. You don’t even want me to talk about the refence I cite… AGENDA!!

  • Scene 1

    Personally I can’t stand Bill Maher, but aside from that, where was Sarah when Rush Limbaugh used the word “retarded”, or for that matter, where was her “outrage” when Ann Coulter called the president “retarded?” She’s a hypocrite, & always has been.

    • hiatt111

      She didn’t use the word….. speak from your mouth, not your ass. Not sure that will make a difference. Simply a suggestion.

      • Scene 1

        Ann Coulter did call Obama a retard during the third debate. Is there a difference between your brain & your ass? Or do you just have selective memory?

      • hiatt111

        Palin didn’t use the word doofus. So Sarah Palin is a hypocrite because Coulter called Obama a retard. Oh okay, I understand…..omg, just pass me the jackhammer when you finish up with it. You have some serious comprehension issue, so I wont battle twits…..I mean battle wits with you.

      • Scene 1

        I wouldn’t worry about my comprehension issues when you obviously never bothered to read my original comment. If she’s gonna call out Bill Maher & Rahm Emanual for using that word, then she should have called out Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter for using the same word. Its called consistency. All that shows is her giving conservatives a pass, while condemning liberal’s for doing the same exact thing, when all 4 of them were wrong.

      • hiatt111

        You threw her in the same mix for defending her child and special needs kids? Not sure she has time to call out EVERY political hack for saying something wrong, but when its your own child? It was quite a stretch trying to make her look bad over something Coulter did.

      • David Chappy

        wow…it is amazing that you are really that stupid. I just cant go on anymore…

      • Scene 1

        Oh, so she can find the time to call out 2 people that happen to be liberal’s, but can’t find the time to call out 2 people that happen to be conservative’s for the same offense? Rahm Emanual has never said a word about her kid, but she certainly found the time to say something to him. As for me trying to make her look bad, I don’t have to do anything. She does that quite well on her own without any help from me.

      • David Chappy

        Thats right, you tell him!! It just amazes me how we really dont need to do anything but sit back and LET these teatarded conservaturds prove how stupid they really are.

      • David Chappy

        Wow…it is hard to believe you got that much stupid stuck between your ears all at once. HE wasnt talking about sarah palin, dumbass. ” where was her “outrage” when Ann Coulter called the president “retarded?””…WHERE IN THE DUCK FUCKERY DO YOU GET SARAH PALIN OUT OF THAT?!!! You idiot savant. Thats GOOD that you dont have a battle of wits with him…we dont want you going at it unarmed, you cock jerk.

      • hiatt111

        You have some serious comprehension issues. I was referring to Palin not using the word “retarded” WAIT.. are you saying that Palin is a hypocrite because Coulter called Obama a retard? OMG please hand me the jackhammer when you are finished with it. You are certainly some “special” kind of person.

      • David Chappy

        WOW!!!! And now you partially repeat yourself? Were you trying to improve your retard high score? JEEBUS ALMIGHTY F. CRUST ON A SALTINE FUCKING CRACKER, but youre a complete fucking idiot!!

      • David Chappy

        …Aaaaaand I now love you!

      • Scene 1

        LoL. If that broken asscrack saw my Facebook wall, he’d shit himself faster than Ted Nugent getting a draft notice. Its all liberal politics all the time!!!!!

      • David Chappy

        I want to add you as a friend on facebook

      • David Chappy

        Ok, …I told you not to step out of line, and what do you do? You open your mouth and let that nasty, foul smelling bullshit fall all over your chin. How the FUCK you gonna sit there and say she didnt use that word?!! Now, youre the one who is RETARDED!! She said, AND I QUOTE, “I highly approve of Romneys decision to be kind and gentle to the RETARD”. OBVIOUSLY, you do not know your ass from your mouth,…P.S. YOURE GROUNDED TOY!!

  • lala-la

    So… She was aware that she had the ability to address that she bore a chromosomally damaged child – knowing that this child would face the issues that it would – for 60 or more years?… And she decided to bring this child into the world accepting the challenges it would face for the REST of it’s life – even exceeding her own years, and even beyond her ability to care for this child… and she chose to have her child bear these issues, with or without her own ‘control’…

    So, who is the most damaged here?

  • Doug

    It would have been nice if this was just about anti-bullying and politics didn’t have to be heavily peppered throughout this and the comments. This is about a PERSON (Bill Maher) bullying a CHILD (Trig Palin). “Bill Maher bullied Trig Palin” turned into “The liberal, who behaved in a way we do not associate with, bullied the conservative ‘less than human’ mothers child”. Stop.

  • OwlofAthena

    My son has Cerebral Palsy. I don’t agree with Palin much at all. However, her child didn’t choose his mom or his condition. I agree. Leave him out of it.

    • David Chappy

      shut up…go turn your child over, instead of being online running your gobstopper about shit you dont even know.

  • Elena

    Crossed the line this time, totally, Bill.

  • Nathan Buchanan

    I agree with the article. I have an autistic daughter and a nephew with downs and they are entitled to every bit of respect that anyone else gets. I think very young children should be off limits to the ridicule no matter who gave birth to them. If you are a teen and make stupid social media comments then you deserve a bit of backlash. I would say the same if one of Obama’s girls said something dumb on twitter or FB. The adult section of the Palin family should provide plenty of comedy material on their own with out dragging young children into things.

  • Sandc

    Great article! You nailed it! As for some of the comments, I hope you don’t consider yourselves “liberals.” Some of your comments are just complete ignorant garbage. Making a joke about a child’s disability is about as low as one can go. As a mother of a beautiful child with Down syndrome, I am appalled by those of you who think it’s Ok to label people with Down syndrome as “retarded” or that they are defective. It’s not Ok, it’s flat out wrong! If you think I’m being over sensitive, take a walk in my shoes for a day. Is it Ok to call gays fagots? No it’s not. Stop attacking our kids. I can’t stand Sarah Palin either, but her 5-year-old who has a disability is off limits. I hope as the Liberal party, we’re better then that, but I guess some aren’t. Let’s keep ignorance in the Republican party and please, leave our kids alone.

    • David Chappy

      WHY do you morons insist he was making a joke about the kids disablity?! JEEBUS H CRUST!!! I have only posted the content of the fucking joke about 50 times!!! And who the FUCK you think you are telling us what we are?! You sitting mighty high, passing that judgment, you crustaceous turd ball. And AGAIN, you stupid fucking cunt, “retarded” is a MEDICAL TERM!!! If you dont like it, I suggest you take your bitching up with the AMA!!! I happen to have a cousin who is THE WORLDS OLDEST LIVING MONGOLOID….fuck your shoes! “Is it ok to call gays faggots?”…That has got to be the stupidest thing I have EVER heard…is “faggot” in the Medical Journal to describe a condition of cognitive impairment, you bigoted bitch? Funny that you talk about having a special needs kid, but youre online diddling away while he sits in the corner drooling on himself because youre too busy trying to be Queen Save-A-Ho… Get back to motherin’ if it bothers you so bad, you twunt.

  • bossfo

    who gives a rats ass what sarah palin thinks… she was the one that brought her family into the spotlight, so fuck her if she cant stand what is being said

  • Jamie Lawson

    Now why are they messing with Bill? Pretty sad they are picking on comedians now. When anybody reads what was actually said, then maybe people will understand. Article is a bust!

  • Donald Davis

    Thank you someone for doing their actual work (diss to you thomas barr) and told us what Bill Maher really said. Read it for yourself, if you can,”While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.” Ok Barr, where the hell does Maher say retarded? WHere does Maher remotely make fun of the little boy? No wonder CNN is so strewed up. They have people like you you say things that never really happened. Its like CNN is challenging Fox for the biggest liars in America honor. ASSHOLE.

    • David Chappy

      *screwed *who…”The biggest liars in American honor”?????????DAFAQ?

  • JB

    If it were a Democrat with a mentally challenged child, the Democrat would be criticized by Republicans about giving birth to the child and using government funds to help the child and the jokes would go on without any question. Funny that the Republicans, who wanted to quarantine AIDS patients and advocate death sentences for gays in Africa whine because of a simple comment (no one has advocated imprisoning or killing the child)

  • WhatEva

    Oh get over yourself. You are not even writing a blog post on something that happened, merely a report that something happened. A comedian referring to a child with developmental disabilities as retarded is hardly a news story and certainly not a revelation. Grow Up.

  • Dizzle

    Who cares what he said about the kid. Rush Limbaugh has said worse about Jimmy Crater’s daughter and Clinton’s daughter. Why should a retarded Palin turd be any different?

  • ksheila

    Thomas Barr… Perhaps you should listen more closely.. or put the hole quote in your article… or at least.. don’t make the title so misleading.. this is what Bill said.. “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.. In other words..its about Fox being no more intelligent than her child.. (they have no excuse) It didn’t make fun of the baby at all… Perhaps you should post the quote you are going on about and let people decide before just bashing someone and being misleading with your headline.

    • David Chappy

      *whole

  • J D

    Do you know what Bill Maher actually said? I think that’s relevant.

    • David Chappy

      “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.

      • J D

        That was in a broadcast. The complaint from Palin was about a live show which was reported on by a third party.

  • Sherri McLain

    Sometimes when I feel strongly about a particular subject, I will read a quote or an article and overreact because I’m hyper-sensitive to that issue, not because the subject matter was particularly controversial. Based on the actual quote, which should have been posted in this article, it looks like Thomas Barr is reading something into it that isn’t there because of his own situation with his child. If Bill Maher had been making fun of the child, that would not be acceptable, but it’s clear from the quote that he wasn’t.

    • David Chappy

      I would kiss you on the mouth if I could…but thats probably rape, so never mind…How about a handshake?

  • Doy Bowers

    What a bunch of Hypocritical BULLSHIT!!! Until Sarah Palin and the Fake OUTRAGED Right Wing Hypocrites call their Screaming Banshee Ann Coulter out for calling the president a “RETARD” I don’t want to hear a freaking word out of them about anything Bill Maher says!!!

    Why aren’t you as offended by that as you are by Bill Maher? Coulter has been running around since the 2008 election calling Obama and Democrats in general a “RETARD” and the Right Wings silence is deafening on that one.
    Palin and the Grand Old Hypocrites were lightning quick to pull the trigger on calling Bill Maher and David Letterman out for even using the word much less for slinging it like an insult at your political opponent.

    Coulter is vicious/vindictive in everything she does. Not only did you not call Coulter/Palin out for their blatant hypocrisy on this issue you didn’t even mention Willow Palin’s “Chemical Abortion”. WHY NOT??? Hypocrite Much there Tommy Boy??
    If the heat’s too much for Palin Family “MEDIA WHORES” then maybe they should crawl back into whatever Ice Cave they came out of!!!

  • rawdman

    Dear Allen Clifton,
    Is your intent with this website to share and discuss important facts and information or to rant about your personal opinions?

    • David Chappy

      Personally, I am just here try and stick a finger in your butt.

  • fulani tribe

    Americans, always so emotional and such cry babies. No wonder everybody is depressed, suicidal thoughts, and on constant medications to control the crazies. if you say Fag, Nigga, wetback, lesbo, retarded, etc people get offender. to the collection of pills you all already take add to it a chill pill. it is what it is.

    • David Chappy

      we also get offended when MOTHERFUCKERS CANT SPELL!!!! It’s “Offended”. P.S. Dont lump us “Americans” all together…some of us dont NEED medication and would kick the crap outta your whatever-in-the-fuck-you-are ass!

  • Scott6113

    Retarded may be used as a pejorative, just as liberal is used as an insult. It is just the old term for developmentally challenged. The latter is a rather painfully awkward revision. You can retard the growth of, say, a fern by planting it in sandy, nutrient-poor soil. You could make a child retarded by neglect and abuse which I would call anyone having to be raised by the narcissist head case Sarah Palin. Good she has help. Got to be better than Ms. Bitter.

  • Matt Pantages

    Maybe if Palin herself had not exploited Trig for her political campaign, this article may have a valid point… but, since she herself put him out there… any attention she gets, is ‘her’ fault… not anyone else’s.. Especially Maher’s..

  • red dog

    Sarah Palin only cares about Sarah Palin. so her outrage is nothing but crocodile tears.

  • daddiogee

    So who was there and can tell us what Bill ACTUALLY said? If you weren’t there then don’t judge him by what Breitbart says – remember – if its Breitbart its lying. If someone can post a recording or authenticated transcript then we can all decide how we feel. So far there’s nothing except outraged Palin-drones. Which probably means the thicko has another book coming out or another ‘reality’ show starting and is just publicity seeking.

    • David Chappy

      “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.

  • Mark

    Bill Maher is very funny and a very disgusting human being. He’s also very smart because we’re paying him attention and that’s all he cares about.

  • Meghan

    So Thomas Barr, you are the father of a daughter with special needs which is why you got so upset about this in the first place, yet you label your own daughter as “autistic”? I think you mean she “has autism” or “is diagnosed with autism”. You know, much in the way you said she “has type 1 diabetes” rather than labeling her “diabetic”. Autism and diabetes are two aspects of your daughter and she shouldn’t be equated to being either one as her entire identity.

    • David Chappy

      I started reading this…then I threw up in my mouf a little.

  • leebree

    If his quote truly was equating talking to Fox News viewers with “talking to a child with Down syndrome” – THAT IS STLL OFFENSIVE. Maher is using Down syndrome as a shorthand for “stupid” or worse. And that is not OK. How about “Sarah Palin is going to be commenting on alcoholism, which is a lot like talking to her father, who is Irish.” or “Sarah Palin is going to be talking about greed in the banking industry, which is a lot like talking to INSERT NAME OF WEALTHY BACKER HERE, who is Jewish.” See? Offensive.

    • David Chappy

      OH.MY.GOD…you are stuck on stupid. SERIOUSLY?!!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY YOU WHINY BITCH!!!

  • tim

    I believe he meant Sarah herself, along with Michelle Bachman , etc…., Funny how when the likes of Rush, Glen Beck and the rest of the conservative morons spew they’re hateful retoric it’s completely acceptable ….. strange why they couldn’t handle this….just sayin

  • Adrienne Boyes

    Sarah Palin admitted to audiences (while campaigning) that she debated aborting this child, before deciding women shouldn’t have the right to consider abortion. How’s that for ridicule?

  • Leti

    I think what people need to realize is if you want to make fun of her, do what you want (as a comedy routine), i am a firm believer that children who are minors should not be referenced at all, its just crossing the line, special needs or not. LEAVE CELEBRITY/HIGH PROFILE PEOPLES CHILDREN ALONE!!!!

    • David Chappy

      Only if you LEAVE DEEZ NUTZ ALONE!!!!!!!!

  • David Shelton

    There are 1000 reasons I do not like Palin. I LOVE Maher’s comedy. I don’t know exactly what was said or the context, but using that word in a derogatory manner is NOT ok! I have a niece who is autistic and if ANYONE called her that word….well, I think I’d need bail money! Sarah, stand up for your beautiful little boy, and Bill, boo to you for lowering yourself that that level!

    If anyone has the video of what was said, please post so I’ll be informed! Thank you!

    • David Chappy

      “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”….but its ok for you to call your neice autistic, instead of saying she has autism? WOW,…just fucking wow! I am going to the garage now to get a hammer and bash my skull in because I cant take the stupid anymore.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    At the end Carlin was a bitter, mean old man.

    • David Chappy

      huh?

  • Laurie Jones

    When conservatives call out the “retarded” word, like nutwhack Ann Coulter, they get a pass??? RWNJ’s slam the Presidents kids all the time..where’s the outrage??? Rush Limpballs does it all the time..it’s wrong to attack anyone’s children, for any reason..let it go.

  • Geronimo

    Is any one here old enough to remember what Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton went through at the hands of the Carter and Clintons haters (99% conservatives) about their ugliness and stupidity ? And they weren’t comedians.
    No kid should be ridiculed , special needs or not. Name callers are “Jerks’ , if you want to call someone a name do it to their face , then it means something. I doubt Sarah reads this , but I don’t like her and can’t think of anything to call her that I haven’t already read.

  • T Fane

    Trig is sooooo adorable

    • David Chappy

      So are DEEZ NUTZ!!!

  • JohnAbramson

    Bill, Maher, is an entertainer with a social/political talkshow. It’s OK to take the discussions on his show seriously, but he does not claim to be a serious journalist. He writes satire and humor, not legislative politics. While his comments cross the line quite often, he is not trying to push an specific agenda, rather he asks people to question the various political agendas and make their own decisions. Sarah Palin puts her children in the public eye. She is a professional Politician and her life deserves to be under a microscope. She DOES influence and write public policy. I don’t condone the things that Maher has said, but I do find humor in most of it.

    • David Chappy

      too bad you dont know what he said… “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.

      • JohnAbramson

        And as a public figure who cries out for as much publicity as she can get, negative or positive, she deserves just as much scrutiny as say, Dick Cheney?

      • David Chappy

        Um, yes? How did we change subjects so quickly? I thought we were talking about the fact that youre a dumb twunt.

  • mojones1

    All kids should be off limits. Doesn’t matter who is doing the jabbing. No human being on earth was allowed to choose their parents. Making fun of special needs kids is particularly distasteful.

    • David Chappy

      DEEZ NUTZ should be of limits too,…but they aint!

  • Hamburger

    I’m sure Trig could care less what Bill says. You all act like he called you names. Don’t watch Bill if it offends, I’m sure he won’t mind.

  • grindertek

    Didn’t see the show, so I don’t feel I can comment on it, other than to say he is ignorant of the subject if he did make fun of an autistic child.

    First, autism is a spectrum…and can run from barely noticeable to severely disabled. I did part of my Psychiatric Technician training working with a class of children referred to as DD, for Developmentally Disabled. Suffice it to say, it was some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

    There were several autistic children and even one who had agenesis of the corpus colosum. In other words, the connection between the left and right hemispheres of her brain never developed. Talk about a disabilty, I wrote a paper on that disability.

    Yes, some of these kids had severe disabilities, but it appeared to me that the one thing they all shared was the ability to enjoy life.

    We should all be thusly disabled.

    • David Chappy

      OH.MY.GOD….PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY!!!! You said you shouldnt comment, then you commented a whole bunch of bullshit….and he didnt even fucking say it!!!! “While we were off, Sarah Palin agreed to do commentary on FOX “news”, which is actually very similar to her DAY JOB, which is talking to a baby with Down’s Syndrome.”.JEEBUS CRUST, JUST SHOOT ME NOW!!!! OR I SWEAR TO GOD I AM GONNA BEAT MY BRAINS OUT WITH A HAMMER BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE ARE SO FUCKING RETARDED!!!!….Thanks Obama!!

  • John Smith

    ok first off you all are assholes. one of my best friends is “retarded” and if he read how you are all reacting he would be livid. these are all people too whether they were born with the defect or not its what makes them the people they are. don’t spout nonsense because it makes you feel better about yourselves. I don;t think it was cool to bring her 5 year old into it not because they have down syndrome but because its a 5 year old child!

    I’m ashamed of all of you. Man is made equal, we all have our niche and we are all hostile creatures. But to rag on someone for expressing themselves is un-american… well maybe its new american. maybe you are all ahead of the curve?

    • David Chappy

      Except that being retarded, he probably cant read…I’m just sayin’…Just throwin’ that out there. And you fucking moron, he didnt say anything about the fucking brat!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY!!! We give two fucks and a donut if youre ashamed of us. Eat a bag of cocks, Griswold!!

  • HonkIfYouBreathe

    @Mr. Barr. Just because you don’t agree with Palin, how exactly does that make her a “blithering idiot?”

    • David Chappy

      Jeebus H Crust!!!!! Cant ANY FUCKING BODY follow the Goddamn conversation properly?!!! No one said anything about Palin being a “blithering idiot”, you dolt!! they were referring top Bill Maher. Fuck me running backward with a rusty nuclear weapon!!! But for the record, PALIN IS A FUCKING MIND NUMBING, MAJORLY EMBARRASSING, RETARD HAVING, BLITHERING, IDIOT!!! THERE, I SAID IT…

  • Bill Rubin

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: either you are liberal and support the right to free speech, or you aren’t. Poltical correctness isn’t liberal but liberals seem to love it (and I consider myself liberal). If people spent as much time convincing people to be less sensitive to “hurtful words” as they do convincing people to stop saying “hurtful words”, coming at this from BOTH sides, it would be a much fairer proposition. The current liberal attempt at political correctness is actually not liberal at all. Either people are free to say what they want or they aren’t. I’m not saying that there aren’t consequences to what people say–because there are–but people also need to remember that axiom we all learned as children: “sticks and stones.” Adults seem to have forgotten. Especially liberal ones. I am a firm liberal in support of free speech–period. Even when it hurts your darn feelings. Tough. Grow up.

    • David Chappy

      How int he fuck are you gonna put this on Liberals?!! It is the fucking Conservatives that are whining, you fucking moron!!

  • PotentialIRStarget

    You forgot to mention there is one other idiot in this issue. Bill Maher is a “blithering idiot”.

  • Tardy Retardy

    ‘Oh, no, someone said a wrong word. I’m gonna PEE’ (grabs crotch, puts knees together)

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    This is what she gets for screwing her cousin

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