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Bill Maher closed his HBO program on Friday with a monologue ridiculing the degradation of American society into what he called “Snitch Nation,” and claimed that people on both sides of politics contribute to the problem.

“And finally, new rule: No cash prizes for snitching,” Maher proclaimed on his late-night namesake show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The host began by blasting the new Texas “heartbeat” bill that allows anyone even helping a woman get an abortion to be sued for up to $10,000 “by random citizen snitches,” explaining that virtually anyone including the Uber driver taking the woman to the clinic can be sued.

“Yes, finally a way to tap into that vast reserve of Uber driver wealth,” Maher said.

“Jesus, when did West Texas become East Germany?” Maher asked rhetorically. “Even if you hate sluts and love money, you have to admit bounty hunting people who help pregnant women is pretty un-American. Also, you’re working too hard, Texas! This is 2021. You don’t have to pay people to snitch. America is Snitch Nation now, they’ll happily do it for free.”

He recalled that although children used to be taught early in life that being a tattletale was bad, it’s now a natural reaction to virtually anything positive.

“Virtually every public accomplishment comes with the obligatory follow-up snitch story a few days later,” the 65-year-old comedian said, citing several examples of “Squeal Team Six” canceling several people recently such as the “poor schmuck” Mike Richards who had some old podcasts revived, where he once used an offensive term, costing him his job as the host of Jeopardy!”

“Even sadder, this love of snitching seems to be one of the few areas that is now truly bipartisan. Snitch Nation isn’t about what side you’re on, it’s about this mindset where everyone is an amateur secret policeman and tattling is a virtue. The woke side of the internet thinks going through somebody’s MySpace account makes them part of the Resistance. It doesn’t: It makes you a punk,” he said.

“And Republicans lately … have been encouraging college students to whip out their phones to record and report professors who espouse leftist ideas. As always, the snowflakes fall just as hard on the right as they do on the left,” Maher railed.

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He continued with a complaint about the cancel culture that has comedy club audiences calling out comedians for “crossing the line,” even though it’s “practically the job description of a comedian.”

“Comics are joking constantly. Even some people who aren’t comics do that. And if you’re lucky enough in life to be around people like that, I’m sure you know they can’t all be gems,” Maher proclaimed. “Sometimes you get the twisties and the joke doesn’t land just right. Exposing that doesn’t make you noble. You’re not David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unibomber who turned in his own brother lest any more mail bombs go off. That was noble, you know, because it was about bombs and not bombing. There’s a real difference between the Unibomber and the editor of Teen Vogue.”

Comedian and Saturday Night Live alum David Spade recently lamented cancel culture’s attack on comedians as well, admitting that it caused him to rein in his jokes.

“I don’t want to live in ‘Snitchlandia’ where you can’t trust your neighbors and are always looking over your shoulder,” Maher said. Calling it the “Land of Karens,” he concluded that he didn’t want to be “ruled by citizen informants where Republicans sue you for your sex life and Democrats get you fired for a Halloween costume. And we all go home and applaud ourselves for our courage.”

Maher also took time on Friday to blast Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her “tax the rich” dress and outed the fact that the rich already do pay the majority of the taxes.

“The rich pay a lot of the taxes. … I’m just saying, you wear tax the rich on your ass, and people are always saying the rich don’t pay taxes. They pay some taxes! They pay a big part of the freight already. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be more perhaps, but let’s not lie,” he said.

Ashley Hill

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