The majority of people vilified Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, “Real-Time” tv host Bill Maher ripped into Jada Pinkett Smith.
Maher, 66, chose to instead go after Jada Pinkett Smith and her situation with alopecia last Friday on his HBO show, downplaying the condition in the opening monologue before aiming again later in the episode.
“I mean, alopecia, it’s not leukemia, OK?” Maher said at the beginning of his show. “Alopecia is when your hair falls out … there are worst things.”
He later doubled down on the topic with guests Andrew Yang and Laura Coates, admitting that he first thought Rock, 57, crossed a line with his “G.I. Jane 2” joke about Pinkett Smith, 50, until he googled alopecia.
“If you are so lucky in life as to have that be your medical problem, just say ‘Thank God,'” he said. “It’s not life threatening. It’s part of — for most people, 80 percent of men, 50 percent of women — it’s part of aging.”
“Aging is, trust me I know, it’s the degradation of the flesh. It happens to all of us. And you know, just put on a f—ing wig like everybody else at the Oscars if it bothers you so much,” Maher added.
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People have taken to Twitter to slam Bill’s ‘seriously insensitive and ignorant comments.
Jada Pinket Smith sat quiet and rolled her eyes.
Chris Rock’s brother called her a b*tch. Bill Maher told her to “put on a f*cking wig if it bothers you so much”
Ask yourself why and how she became the punching bag in this incident. 1/?
— (((fluorescentgoonshrieking))) (@AlizaWrites) April 3, 2022
Bill Maher is no longer capable of being insightful or funny, and he knows it. So he just trolls us these days, to try to get us all to hate-watch him, so his ratings will be high enough to keep him on the air. Want him canceled? Stop watching. And stop making him go viral.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 2, 2022
Are liberals even fans of Bill Maher any more? He’s not really “liberal” as much as he “just says outrageous crap for attention”.
— Rex Zane (@rexzane1) April 2, 2022
Bill Maher is a fuckin Libertarian. Like any other Libertarian, he is an immature and greedy asshole. https://t.co/Fi6lMdvtpX
— Melinda 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇸 (@Melinda_inCA) April 2, 2022
@billmaher Do you know someone with #alopecia? It’s an auto immune disease with serious physical and psychological impact. To say it’s an insignificant affliction; that you could live with it if that’s what was wrong with you vs leukemia. Seriously insensitive and ignorant.
— Mitchell Caplan (@mcaplanNY) April 2, 2022