Back in late April, HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher lambasted millennials saying that they are advertisers’ favorites because they’re the most gullible demographic. For instance, he notes, that when it comes to the under 35 crowd…
*** 33% favor abolishing the police— “not defunding but doing away with a police force altogether.” Says Maher, that’s “less of a policy position and more of a leg tattoo.”
*** 36% think it’s a good idea to try communism, even though it’s been tried by many countries already.
*** 20% agree that “society would be better off if all property was owned by the public and managed by the government; 29% don’t know if that’s a good idea or not.
As for those who do know that public-owned, government-managed property is not a good idea, Maher says, “Anyone who wasn’t born yesterday.”
During the segment, he also reminded his audience that, “while other countries respect their elders, some in America think that the elderly are in the way and are not with the times.”
And speaking for those who have been around the block many times already, Maher says:
So, when you say you’re old, you don’t get it, get what? Abolish the police and the Border Patrol and capitalism and cancel Lincoln? No, I get it. The problem isn’t that I don’t get what you’re saying or that I’m old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid. If you say, ‘Let’s eat in the bathroom and s**t in the kitchen, yeah, that’s a new idea, but I wouldn’t call it interior design.
You think someone 80 is hopeless because thy can’t use an iPhone? Maybe the one who’s hopeless is the once who can’t stop using it. You think I’m out of it because I’m not on Twitch? Well, maybe I get Twitch, but I just think people watching other people play video games is a waste of f***ing time.”
Has Maher got it right? I rather think so…
~ With many thanks, Carol