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Komen ~ Too Much Power

Posted: February 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hypocrisy, Independent, Organization | No Comments »

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its defunding of Planned Parenthood, at least temporarily, but the falsehoods and hypocrisy haven’t ended.

Admitted to the HOH April 10, 2010: Bill Maher

Posted: April 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hypocrisy, Independent, Pundit or Talking Head | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Admitted to the HOH April 10, 2010:  Bill Maher

Host of HBO’s “Realtime”, Bill Maher may have more opportunities than the average person to end up in the HOH simply because he publicly takes a stand on so many things, just as a highly prolific writer has more opportunities to publicly misspell a word than, say, an accountant.  Still, it’s a bit painful to hear Bill Maher contradict himself within a few minutes stretch of the same video segment.  This time, it’s about meat.

Meet Bill Maher, hypocrite.  He’s on the board of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has expressed his distaste for the pharmaceutical and health care industries in general, on the grounds that they make their money out of curing people who are made sick by consuming unhealthy food that society urges upon the public. [Wikipedia]

On his April 10 show with guest Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA, Maher, for a moment looked like chopped liver.  One moment he’s all about organic fruit, a hater of the dry peach, and then the next minute he’s drunk and needing room service.  His choice?  A big fat ground beef patty between two bread buns.  Probably with ketchup.  High fructose corn syrup is another thing Maher consistently rails against.

Should we hold Maher in the HOH for an occasional snarfing of a cow flesh sandwich?  Perhaps not, if he answers back with a reasonable explanation. Our letter to Mr. Maher:

Dear Bill Maher,

We were enjoying your interview with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and school yard gardens across America, and we couldn’t agree more that a dry peach is a terrible thing to experience.  America does need more juicy and delicious fruit.  Thank you for making that clear on the show.

One thing we were less clear on, is your point of view on ethical treatment of animals.  If you enjoy a hamburger from time to time (usually in drunken times – hey, we’ve all been there) you couldn’t possibly know that a room service rendered burger comes from cows that are ethically treated.  Your biting and chewing of the cow is not our issue here as it is already dead and cooked.  Our issue is that the source of the meat is not likely known.  Unless we’re missing something and hotels have started to publish meat maps (where did your room-service cheese and bacon burger come from) with a smiling Holstein cow face dotting the spot of a nearby farm.  If your hotel serves only locally grown and slaughtered and ground-up food as part of their 5-star appeal, please let us know if that is the case, because we would like to be patrons of this hotel.

The nutritional value of your drunkie burgers is another issue entirely.  If you continue to enjoy them on occasion, then might you need a disclaimer when you rally and rage against the fast-food-and-fatsos machine?  Do you not gain a pound if you eat a cheeseburger like the rest of us?  Of course the poundage comes off with a mighty Maher workout the next day—it shows.  You look great.  But we at HOH must hold you within our chambers until you clear up this matter.

Bill Maher, you are hereby admitted to The House of Hypocrisy for the following offenses:

  1. Eating room-service hamburgers, the source of meat unknown and therefore possible cruelty and ethical treatment of the source of the meat when it was once a living, breathing, nursing mammal is also unknown.  Was there not a fish or salad option on the room service menu?
  2. Yelling at everybody else for eating junk while you yourself indulge, if only on occasion.
  3. Talking about getting drunk in front of sweet, sweet Alice Waters.

You may be released from The House of Hypocrisy upon our review of your defense, which we prefer to receive via letter on official letterhead.

Sincerely yours,
The Officers of The House of Hypocrisy