On Friday night time, amid backlash over the transphobic anatomy “jokes” in Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix particular The Closer, fellow comic Bill Maher took it upon himself to kick off the most recent episode of his HBO late-night present Real Time with a jab at transgender individuals.
“There’s a new James Bond movie out, finally,” provided Maher throughout his monologue. “Even that’s controversial, you know, because he has to step up with the times. And they have stepped up with the times now with James Bond. He still sleeps with three beautiful women—but two of them have a penis.”
Maher, in fact, has a protracted historical past of transphobia—from his fixed cracks about Caitlyn Jenner’s genitals to the time he gleefully mocked the transgender neighborhood alongside alt-right fraud Milo Yiannopoulos, describing the trans lavatory debate as “weirdos peeing” and agreeing with Yiannopoulos when he mentioned, “…women and girls should be protected from having men who are confused about their sexual identities from their bathrooms.” (This deeply transphobic rationale posits that transgender individuals are extra susceptible to sexual predation, though the other is true—that they’re extra more likely to be targets of sexual violence.)
During the 2016 presidential election, Maher argued that Democrats ought to cease combating for transgender rights with a view to defeat Trump, saying, “Every issue, every fight, every cause has to take a backseat to defeating [Donald] Trump… There’s no room for boutique issues in an Armageddon election… Let’s not die on this hill.”
The greater query is: Why are these older grownup males—Chappelle is 48 and Maher is 65—so fixated on transgender individuals?