The liberal universe controversy machine malfunctioned this week. The interview that everyone was waiting for due to the explosive potential turned out to be a dud. Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time, and, shock of shocks, the two spent eleven minutes trying to find common ground in their fight for free speech rather than discussing their differences.
From Entertainment Weekly, a publication appalled at the sheer niceness of the exchange:
Maher and Yiannopoulos seemed to agree most when it came to the importance of comedy in general.
“The reason [liberals] want to police humor is they can’t control it — because the one thing all authoritarians hate is the sound of laughter,” Yiannopoulos said.
“And also because when people laugh they know it’s true,” Maher agreed. “… You are so helped by the fact that liberals always take the bait.”
“Nothing annoys people like the truth,” Yiannopoulos concurred. “Policing humor for racism and sexism is utterly wrongheaded. Not because normally it’s not there, but because that’s how we build bridges and not how we break them.”
Which, in an industry that runs on blowing up bridges, and creating division, is the last thing that the powers that be want. The “we are all victims of an -ism” industry can’t like the idea that people just want to get along…even if we disagree.
Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos are a lot of things, but foaming at the mouth idealists aren’t among them. Too bad. It would have made for great video. Instead, we got this. (Milo’s right about Lena Dunham, though.)