Bill Maher on the Boston Marathon: ‘Your City Was Not Leveled by Godzilla’

The HBO host’s comments on the Marathon aren’t so popular.

By | Boston Daily |

Well, Bill Maher has done it again. The HBO host/troll has found a way to offend some large segment of the population. In this case, he said of the Boston Marathon, “I mean, your city was not leveled by Godzilla,” a technically true statement that is nonetheless, pretty callous. The statement was made on his show last Friday, but The Boston Globe has brought it to everyone’s attention today. And there are some predictably unkind thoughts headed his way.

The comment came as Maher recounted the moment during the Red Sox World Series parade when players placed the trophy on the Boston Marathon finish line. He said:

So the parade, you know they go to the place where the marathon bombing took place, and they put the World Series statue there and they sing God Bless America and they say ‘Boston Strong’ and they chant ‘USA,’ you know. It was again, a bad day, three people died, that’s terrible. More were maimed, that’s horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day, in car accidents and everything else. I mean, you city was not leveled by Godzilla.

There’s nothing new about Bill Maher making people mad at him. He called Sarah Palin’s son the “r” word. He made a racial dick joke about the President. He’s a comedian who revels in the carefully calibrated causing of offense. (And prickly Boston makes itself a big troll target, sometimes.) So probably the only interesting thing about this particular instance is that Boston was defended by none other than Anthony Weiner, (The New York-based one).  ”I don’t know,” Weiner interrupted. “That’s such a nice—what’s wrong with you? That’s such a nice moment… It was like so cool. I’m not even from Boston.” (Maher, nice guy that he is, just pointed out that “what’s wrong with you,” is what people have frequently asked Weiner.)

” Weiner, not always a man of shrewd common sense, at least has the basic ability to distance himself from that bad statement when he hears it. As BostonGlobe.com editor Jason Tuohey puts it on Twitter, “You know you screwed up when you make Anthony Weiner look like the voice of reasoned compassion.”

But if you’re awaiting an apology from Maher, best to stop now. “When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we don’t like?” he asked in a 2012 New York Times column urging everyone to stop apologizing for the offensive stuff they do. We imagine that principle of non-apologizing is going to be tested in the coming days.

  • boustrephon

    I don’t agree with Bill Maher on everything, but he is making an important point here. While the Boston Marathon bombing was bad, its significance has been overplayed, especially by the merchants of fear. This was a criminal act by sociopathic youths. More people are killed in car pile-ups on a fairly regular basis, and larger criminal acts of a similar nature have occurred and have received much less attention. The killing of innocent families by drone attacks would certainly be one.

  • James Anderson

    Then remove me if you want to allow idiots like this to post this trash on your sight, If this is your mantra, I want now part of it and your sight will perish as most other tabloid rags do

    • daredeviled

      Wow…a reasonable comment by boustrephon and James flies off the handle, failing to see that his posts make him appear more like the intolerant terrorist brothers than he knows. Wanting to “personally beat’ someone up for their words. And to censor the comments page. This is what causes the hurt in the world.

  • cocomom

    @ boustrephon, It was a terrorist attack spawned by intolerant radical Islam.. The ‘perps’ you call “sociopathic youths” are, in reality, martyrs in the name of Allah.. They hate us, they despise our way of life. Listen to what they are saying and wake up.

  • Ed Babinsky

    Bill – small comments from a small man. These acts by the Red Sox were for healing..something you obviously don’t comprehend.

  • Ed Babinsky

    Maher also needs to understand that thousands upon thousands of average runners like myself depend on the support of the crowds to run and finish running 26.2 miles. Has Maher ever run a marathon? Doubt it. Also, the Boston Marathon coincides with opening day at Fenway Park. And, the Boston Marathon was the first to be run in America. So, there is a lot for Maher to begin to understand…if he has the capacity to do this.

  • Mat

    Maher’s logic is so flawed it is rediculous. A terrorist attack is a terrorist attack. It is an assault on the public.. on innocent people in an environment where they are supposed to feel comfortable and bring their children. Does he have a terrorism scoring metric or something? Did he really think to himself…”Well lets see, they only had 3 casualties…not too bad…I dont think they should be memorializing this event for longer than a month”. Seriously dude? Being offensive to be funny is one thing, but being a complete moron is another.

    • Matthew Gray

      It’s called rational thinking.. Something you will never have posting that dribble.

      • John

        Dumb as dirt. You have to live in a trailor park

      • Mat

        Are you going to substantiate why you think it is dribble or are you just going to troll?

  • James Anderson

    Daredevil – I am tired of bozos like you and boust you want hurt, I’ll gladly give it to you otherwise do us all a favor and shut up. Stupid comments from ignorant people are not conversing ideas, just polarizing and pissing off the rest of us with the sense to know right from wrong

    • daredeviled

      Oh yes, James…you are certainly demonstrating by your measured comments that you are all about being “sensible” as you rant about censoring all opposing argument and call everyone names like “bozo,” “stupid,” “ignorant” while threatening to bust them up. The voice of reason. There are many of us who would never subscribe to your bullying tactics. Maybe you ought to go shopping for a backpack, because you certainly cannot muzzle all of us this way.

      • James Anderson

        Daredevil is that your real name? Ha, it folks like you who are cowards hiding behind false names spouting BS commentary, why should we listen to someone so afraid to show who they are? You might not like my views or comments but I put my real name and face behind my convictions

        • daredeviled

          Oh you are such a man of courage, James Anderson. My name is Bob Dubrow, and I do not “hide” behind pseudonyms. It’s far from an uncommon thing to use substitute names on comments pages. The fact that people do this makes them “cowards?’ HAH! You are full of mind-numbing bluster. I see no face of yours on here, and the fact that you use your real name has nothing to do with courage. Every one of your posts is as see-through as can be. You are scared of everyone else’s shadow. Or else you wouldn’t need to shout and threaten every time. It’s like those who cry out the most about homosexuals. They are so often closeted gays. Which is sad…not for their inclinations, but for their hypocrisy.

          • James Anderson

            Bob well it’s nice to tell you that your an idiot, my comments are not stupid but hateful maybe, I loathe bozos like you and will always call on your idiotic statemts anytime anywhere Bob

          • daredeviled

            Yawn. More bluster. You’d be better off masturbating in the privacy of your teenage room, James. I know…you are not a teenager. You only brag like one.

  • Matthew Gray

    Ahhh’ this never gets old.. The crybabies whining as usual. He’s said some things about Canada, I still watch him. You people need to understand humor, and if you are from the far right why even pay attention at all?? You’re just bitching for the sake of it…

    • keratoconus209

      He’s a hardcore leftist wacko. I suspect there’s a good deal of people not from the “far right” that have a problem with this piece of trash.

      • Dainimal

        Don’t you find it interesting though that all of the hardcore leftist wackos out there like Bill Maher, John Stewart, Steven Colbert, etc are comedians, and their audiences know that they are comedians? Meanwhile all the right wing wackos out there like Rush, Hannity, Ann Coulter, etc consider themselves to be legitimate political analysts, and their audiences consider them to be legitimate political analysts? What, if anything, do you think this says about the respective members of each party and their ability to differentiate between objective reporting/analysis and completely biased spin?

    • John

      Listen fool, Boston happens to be one of the most liberal cities in this country, Massachusetts is a haven for liberal idealogy. You don’t make light out of people who were maimed, killed & terrorized. That being said, Bill Maher is a piece of crap, who says the most vial things about women, children and anyone he cares to. This is why he was taken off networks TV, the bastion for liberalism. The fact that you still watch him and the response you posted shows that you both deserve each other. Keep watching this puke, If you want to see some real crybabies, let’s met in Boston. You are too stupid for words.

      • Dainimal

        Let me start off by saying that the Boston Marathon bombing was a horrible tragedy and a cowardly act of terrorism. What the Boston Red Sox did was a great way to commemorate the bombing victims as well as a beautiful and noble gesture. That being said, I think the article above does a really poor job of putting those comments into the context of the conversation he was having with the panel. The panel was discussing the NYC mayoral race and how Bill disagreed with city officials postponing the mayoral debate because it was scheduled on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. He was making the point that terrible tragedies happen every day in this country, and that we are starting to overdo it with how much we try to pay tribute to different things, and the comment that he made about the bombing was the first thing that popped into his head as an example. Clearly it was a poorly chosen example, as this is an event that is still very fresh in the nation’s minds and not something that most people would say we are over commemorating. Keep in mind though that this basically a filmed political debate that he was having with members of a panel. He was speaking off the cuff and I’m sure given more time to come up with a better example, he surely would have. While I don’t feel that the Boston Marathon bombing is a very good example, in fact it was obviously pretty offensive to a few people, he does have a point. There are mass shootings and terrible tragedies that occur every day in this country. Why is it that we commemorate some and ignore others? What makes the Boston Marathon bombing any more horrific than Sandy Hook, the Navy Shipyard shooting, or any other tragedy that takes place any other day of the year in this country, most of which go unmentioned by the media?

        As far as your opinions of Bill Maher go, I guess you have every right to those. Personally I disagree with you, as I find that the political debates he has on his show are much more entertaining than anything I’ve seen on Meet the Press or George Stephanopolous. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard him say anything vial about women or children, but even if he did, so what? He’s a comedian. I’m sure at the end of the day though, you think he’s a piece of crap primarily because he’s a liberal, and based on your comments about network TV being a bastion of liberal ideology and hateful tone, you’re very clearly a conservative, and according to conservatives, liberals are ruining this country, taking us away from our roots as a Christian nation, and promoting communism. By the way, I find it funny that every single media outlet that doesn’t report news with a right wing bias, is considered to be left wing propaganda by those on the right. Perhaps it’s just becoming a painful fact that objective reporting of anything appears to be left wing propaganda to those on the right? I’m sure you’ll write something back to the effect of, “I’m not a republican, I’m a libertarian,” which is the popular thing to say now I guess, and I’m sure you’ll find something hateful to say about the fact that I’m a liberal (which I’m quite proud of by the way).

        Anyways, I guess the point I’m trying to make is that this article is nothing more than sensationalism. It’s purpose is to rial people up and make them angry with Bill Maher, to which I’d say it’s done a fair job at with it’s target demographic. If this was an objective story, it wouldn’t have conveniently left out what I mentioned about the context of the statement. At the end of the day though, if you hate Bill Maher so much, why are you paying attention to him? Clearly you hate him. So why bother even reading anything about him at all, much less something that is clearly aimed at pissing you off? I’m sure Rush Limbaugh says something every day of the week that would offend me, but I just don’t pay it any mind. It’s not worth getting all fired up over and then getting into a shouting match on a blog post with someone you’ve never met. Wouldn’t it save you a whole lot of time and energy to just ignore Bill Maher altogether?

    • James Anderson

      There is no humor in the Boston bombing you are an piece of crap if you believe what happen is funny!!!

      • The Brake Fast Club

        There is humor IN EVERYTHING!

    • James Anderson

      Come to think about it I think I would find humor in a tragic circumstance with you Mathew and your family! How do you fel about me wishing you and yours such Ill will? Nothing funny in what I just said case n point Mathew – grow up

  • LeeIn Boston

    The difference is his other humor is directed towards politicians, policies, people in the media, actions that are questionable, etc., and his end goal seems to be to get you to open your mind & think about those people & see if what they’re doing is a smart thing or not. He genuinely tries to accomplish something. This didn’t accomplish a thing, it definitely was not smart & it only caused pain, it was just plain unintelligent, mean spirited, self centered (at the expense of those who suffered) & unnecessary, There was nothing to be gained by it. What does it matter if a city wants to hold a memorial moment on its own streets? What does it hurt? (Nothing) What might it help? (Victims) So why not? This definitely falls under that category our Mothers taught us about “If you can’t say anything nice, then zip it”. He has lost the respect of a very powerful region: New England. He is definitely no longer welcomed in Boston. If he is completely selfish & self absorbed & selfish, then you are correct, he won’t apologize. Let’s hope he shows a new side of himself for the sake of those still trying to put their lives back together. You didn’t hear things like this coming out of 9-11, and although it was on a much larger scale, it is still a similar situation. The pain the families feel is just as real.

  • ThatGuy

    I usually enjoy Maher’s commentary, but I feel it’s really misplaced here. I can understand if he said we’re being superficial if we focused too much on the sports teams rather than actual victims. I don’t feel that was the case here, but maybe more so with the Saints following Katrina. As for Boston, yeah it wasn’t Godzilla, but a bombing at a major American city is a big deal regardless of the death toll.

  • Specialone76

    It’s called Freedom Of Speech, You know More people died cause US Lies in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    • James Anderson

      Then direct your questions to the US govt and policies… It does not provide cover to make stupid hateful comments on the innocent victims of the marathon bombings. Again your just another bozo hiding behind a false name making idiotic comments

      • Specialone76

        What you called this? Innocent being killed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

        • James Anderson

          Again I am not making light of other tragedies or travesties in the world and misdirected.

          • James Anderson

            Comments about the Boston bombings do not deserve similar poking fun of

          • James Anderson

            If you can not see the right n wrong in that then you are as hopeless a person as I had first thought

      • daredeviled

        Stupid hateful comments. I thought you had the monopoly on those, James.

    • Winston7ok

      Maher & Weiner…What a pair.
      Two decadents occupying the same pod.
      All hands above the table boys.

    • Michael O’Brien

      Yes & so are opinions of this douchebags remarks . 2 on stage 1 a weiner & 1 a wiener

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Manufactured manipulation propaganda
    for
    manufactured government media events

  • NavyVet1964

    I suppose if Maher lost a leg at the Boston Marathon bombing he would have the same exact comment, right?

  • Jeff Lundberg

    I hate this guy. Just out there trolling for ratings, and publicity regardless of who it offends. Bill, just because you are dead inside and have no soul doesn’t mean that everyone else should behave the way YOU think they should. I wonder if you have ever done anything in your entire life that proved you weren’t a coward.

  • Brendan A. MacWade

    Today, a commuter rail derailment killed four people just 2 miles northwest of my home, on same rail line I take every morning. The victims were ejected from the train and then crushed by the tumbling cars. Other lost their limbs in the same manner. Four dead. The April bombing in Boston killed three. Just saying.

    Bll Maher’s quote rings very true today. And where was I on 9/11? 1 WTC, 40th floor. And I’d be the first t say that New York and the nation overreacted to that, as well.

  • mable pritchett

    Maher is an unbelievably ignorant man.

    • The Brake Fast Club

      No. You just disagree with him. Or you don’t understand what ignorant means.

  • The Brake Fast Club

    He’s asking why these 3 lives matter more than the many who are killed every single day. He’s asking why you don’t care as much about the others. God forbid you face that question instead getting mindlessly offended. Don’t run on automatic.

  • Brendan A. MacWade

    He correctly pointed out the scope of the bombing. In the scope of things, it was small. Boston reacted louder and longer than the reaction of any mass shooting in the USA. Apparently, if a bomb is used to kill and maim in the USA, it’s a huge,huge story that belongs on the front page for weeks. And now this is Boston’s “thing.” Seems Boston (my birth city) wanted a tragedy to enshrine and keep forever (the Vendome fire wasn’t enough? the Coconut Grove fire wan’t enough?). Boston wanted a 9/11 to call its own. So when are the grandiose memorial plans due?