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Bill Maher had a highly entertaining Real Time on Friday night, possibly because he knew he was going to get a chance to unwind on camera by the end of the show. During his “New Rules” segment, Maher discussed legalizing weed and getting into the pot business. He gives a nice look at both sides of the debate and how despite the progress made on the legalizing front, there’s still plenty of push back from the opposing side.
He then decides to cement his position on the matter by whipping out a fine joint and lighting up. It’s a nice segment and it gets even better with the Overtime segment when Killer Mike finds out that the marijuana in question was some of his that he’d shared before. Or it was some of his mother’s marijuana, apparently making her a very happy lady.
The discussion also hit on the Controversy over Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance and her video for “Formation.” Killer Mike gets time to shine here as he tries to explain that the lyrics in the song aren’t necessarily pointed at white people or along the lines that many of her critics would have you think. When he says, “White people. It’s not always about you,” you get the feeling that the controversy could be a bit overblown.
Then again, if your message isn’t communicated clearly and people need to analyze it, you’re leaving yourself open to interpretation. That’s why this discussion even exists, over a song from Beyoncé.
And then finally, the most heated portion of the show dealt with George W. Bush possibly being considered a war criminal. If you research a bit online, even with just a quick Google search, you’ll likely see that many presidents, government officials, and other personalities have been accused of war crimes. Most of the presidents in our modern era have some acts attributed to their name that could be considered a war crime — like Obama’s drone campaign or Bush’s war in Iraq.
The debate that happens here goes off the rails quickly, mostly due to the personal experiences of Ana Navarro in Nicaragua. It’s a lofty term to toss around, but perspective likely matters. It also doesn’t help that Navarro was clearly outnumbered here and kept raising the stakes a bit, something that didn’t earn her fans online either:
U think I'm the "ugliest guest" @billmaher has ever had. Dude, u sure u want to go there? U do own a mirror, right? https://t.co/1mdko6apWQ
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 13, 2016