'Is That American?': Bill Maher Defends Laura Ingraham Over Boycott Controversy

Elias Hubbard
April 8, 2018

Despite calling Ingraham a "deliberately bad person", Maher argued that Hogg was wrong to lead a massive advertisement boycott of Ingraham's show last month, leading many companies to pull their ads off the show.

The HBO host said while Ingraham is a "deliberately awful person" who has a history of saying "horrible things", she shouldn't be a victim of a boycott.

"I wanna defend Laura Ingraham". Bill Maher addressed the situation with the conservative television host during a panel discussion on Friday night's Real Time. "I know that sounds ridiculous, but it has to do with the Parkland kids and guns and free speech", Maher began.

Ingraham has apologized for a tweet in which she said 17-year-old high school student David Hogg whined about being rejected by some colleges. Ingraham's Fox News show has since been dropped by multiple companies. "Now, really, is that American?" Maher asked the crowd, several of whom audibly shouted "yes!" in response. He continued, "And he complains about bullying? That's bullying!" Maher continued. That's bullying! I have been the victim of a boycott of sponsors. "It is wrong. You shouldn't do this by team, you should do this by principle". "She has the right to say whatever she wants with very, very few exceptions", former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer responded. Saying I will not buy a product from that person.

He continued that Ingraham "has become a deliberately awful person, I think, you know, just saying frightful things".

Ingraham later apologized and said Hogg should be proud of his 4.2 GPA and that she never meant to hurt him or the fearless victims of Parkland. He also said the boycott created a "chilling atmosphere" and described it as a "modern way of cutting out free speech". Hogg has refused her apology. "(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA. totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" she wrote.

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