Watch: Why Bill Maher Will Not Attend an Orgy: "They're Guys in It!"

Friday April 15, 2022

Bill Maher has a blow job problem. The HBO talkshow host visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday night where they started out right you'd expect two white, middle-aged comics to start: talking about men giving each other blow jobs.

The subject came up when Kimmel brought Maher out and said: "You've been in an orgy, I assume. You must have been in a whole bunch of them."

Maher responded that he wouldn't want to be in one. The reason?

"They're guys in it."

Kimmel shifted gears: "Okay. Well would you if it meant it would solve world hunger? Would you fellate another man?"

A somewhat uneasy Maher paused, then said: "If it would solve everyone from starving. Yes."

"Yeah. Me too," responded Kimmel to the audience's applause in a weird display of solidarity with these two men making the ultimate sacrifice for humanity.

But Maher didn't leave it at their Kumbaya moment.

"That's kind of an easy question because you're saying everyone. Yeah, what about just 10 people?" he asked.

Kimmel then said his mouth would be shut. "No. No. That's a great way of putting it."

"Sorry," responded the smug Maher.

"It does come down to the numbers, I hate to say," added Kimmel.

The cringy exchange mirrored the uneasiness that straight men have towards gay sexuality. But what's interesting is how Maher felt he had to quantify the question. Or as George Civeris asks in Gawker: "How many people being saved from hunger would be enough for him (Maher) to consider giving another man a blow job?"

Maher has become a vocal critic of what he calls "cancel culture," but in the process has become increasingly shrill. As Judy Berman wrote in a Time Magazine essay on the state of cancel culture and stand-up comedy: "In defending their ideas and their work, too many of the most famous stand-ups have become smug, narcissistic, self-righteous, petty. Maher epitomizes this exhausting phenomenon. As excruciating as some of his opinions are (on R. Kelly: 'The music didn't rape anybody'), what's most unappealing is the manner in which he delivers them—as though he's the only sane, smart person in the world. The more public pushback he gets, the more sanctimonious he becomes."