Bill Maher has slammed Occupy Wall Street, calling its supporters douchebags who need to get a job and stop with all the protesting.
The left-wing TV host surprised many viewers on the Friday night episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, when he spoke out againt OWS, seemingly going against his far-leftist slant on nearly every other issue.
Let me ask about another occupation because this is, and you would be good on this, too, panel - the Occupy Wall Street, Maher said. Because similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything too long, people do get pissed off. And as I watch them on the news now, I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich, like you know what - get a job.
He went on to deride the remaining supporters of the five-month-old movement by saying they are doing a disservice to the concept of advocating on behalf of income equality and other issues the OWS protesters support.
Only because the people who originally started, I think they went home, and now, I think it's these anarchist stragglers, he said. And this is the problem when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway. And I think that's where we are now with the Occupy movement. They did a great job of bringing the issue of income inequality to the fore. But now it's just a bunch of douchebags who think throwing a chair through the Starbucks window is going to bring on the revolution.
His comments drew loud rounds of applause from the live studio audience, who seemed to approve of his stance on the current state of the waning Occupy Wall Street movement.
Maher is a polarizing presence in the political discourse some describe as the left's Glenn Beck, and he previously drew criticism for his scathing documentary Religulous, which lambasts supporters of many of the world's leading religions, from Christianity to Islam, as allegedly being delusional, extreme and brainwashed.