Bill Maher has some thoughts about the status of comedy in America.
The 65-year-old comedian also explained the difference he sees between liberals and the so-called “woke” ones.
Talking to the Alabama outlet AL.com, Maher revealed he likes performing in red states.
“I attract mostly a liberal crowd, but liberal is different than woke,” the “Real Time with Bill Maher” host said. “To me, woke, if we want to use that broad term, is something that is not an extension of liberalism.”
“It’s very often the opposite of what an old school liberal like me believes. I’ve never been someone who was part of any specific party, per se. I usually vote Democratic, but it depends on the person,” he added.
Maher continued, “Certainly in the age of [Donald] Trump, they’re never going to get me there with the Republicans. But there are many Republicans who are not Trump Republicans. And they have a good point, that there is that faction of the left that we will call ‘woke’ who’s gone off the deep end.”
He then touched on a recent show he did in Nashville where he saw that his audience was split between conservatives and liberals.
“I must say, in this era of a lack of bipartisanship, where everything is binary,” Maher explained, “gender may not be binary, but politics sure is right now.”
“It was great to see where there were people who don’t agree politically who can get in the same room,” he said “There were a few groans from the right when I said something bad about them, and some from the left when that happened. But basically, everyone laughed together. And we have to get back to that.”
The former “Politically Incorrect” host continued to say that social media turned politics into a persistent digital war and “that has to stop.” He then stated that some left-leaning people claim to be righteous in many of these social media discussions.
“I think you can claim the moral high ground if you’re anti,” he told the publication. “I feel like that’s the Achilles’ heel of the left right now. They identify issues mostly by what they can feel superior to another person for.”