“You can get creative with a novel, a TV show or a movie – but, history books: that’s not supposed to be fan fiction,” liberal comedian Bill Maher says in a monologue mocking the left’s efforts to revise history and hold Americans who lived in the past to today’s standards.
Plenty of today’s liberals “want to abuse history to control the present,” Maher said in a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” in which he blasts liberals for indulging in the practice of “Presentism”:
“Presentism, which means judging everyone in the past by the standards of the present. It’s the belief that people who lived a hundred, or five hundred, or a thousand years ago really should’ve known better - which is so stupid.
“It’s like getting mad at yourself for not knowing what you know now when you were ten. Stupid me, wasting all that time raising sea monkeys.”
“Who doesn’t have moments from your past that make you cringe? Who hasn’t said, ‘I can’t believe I said that. I can’t believe I wore that. I can’t believe thought that. I can’t believe I did that’?” Maher asked.
“Being woke is like a magic, moral time machine, where you judge everybody against what you imagine you would’ve done in 1066,” Maher said, calling Presentism “just a way to congratulate yourself for being better than George Washington, because you have a gay friend and he didn’t.”
“But, if he was alive today, he would, too. And, if you were alive then, you wouldn’t,” Maher said:
“The way people talk about slavery these days, you’d think that it was a uniquely American thing that we invented in 1619,” Maher said, noting that slavery was once ubiquitous across the world, and that even the word “slave” came from the enslavement of White people:
“Did Columbus commit atrocities? Of course. But, people back then were generally atrocious. Everybody who could afford one had a slave – including people of color.”
“The word ‘slave’ comes from Slav, because so many Slavic people were enslaved – and they’re as white as the Hallmark Channel.”
“Who do you think gathered the slaves from the interior of Africa to sell to slave traders: Africans, who also kept their own slaves,” Maher said, repudiating the liberal narrative that only White people are to blame for the world’s past woes:
“And, the capacity for cruelty is a human thing, not a White thing. That’s the truth, even if it doesn’t jive with the current narrative.”
“Much of history is indisputably factual,” but sadly, “in today’s world, when truth conflicts with narrative, it’s the truth that has to apologize,” Maher said:
"It’s like they finally discovered a Unified Theory of Wokeness, incorporating all their ideas about race, gay, gender and colonizers – like the New World was a great, big, diverse dance club and the Pilgrims were the bridge-and-tunnel crowd who came in and ruined everything."