Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Actor says criticism of Islam is racist

American star Ben Affleck slammed TV host Bill Maher for comments made on Islam during an interview aired Friday on U.S. network HBO.

During a debate on Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher claimed that Islam as a religion was intolerant.

Maher later claimed in the debate that Islam was “the only religion that acts like the mafia — that will f*****g kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”

In response, Affleck then asked the panelists: “What is your answer? Is it just to condemn Islam? We've killed more Muslims than they have killed us by an awful lot.”

“Yet somehow we are exempt from these things. Because they are not really a reflection of what we believe in.”

He then said sarcastically: “It was by accident, that's how we invaded Iraq. I am explicitly telling you that I disagree with what you think.”

The Oscar-winning director also voiced disapproval when author and fellow talk show panel guest Sam Harris said the Muslim faith was the “motherload of bad ideas.”

“We can criticize Christians…but when you want to talk about the treatment of women, homosexuals and free thinkers in the Muslim world, liberals have failed us…we have been sold this meme of Islamaphobia - where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam is conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. Which is intellectually ridiculous.”

Affleck responded: “'It’s just an ugly thing to say. It’s gross, it's racist. It's like saying: ‘Oh you shifty Jew."



Anonymous said...

Once again playing the worn-out "racist" card, even when it's inappropriate, as Islam is a religious/political idealogy and not specific to any race or races like the Jewish religion is supposed to be. Muslims can be found in almost every racial or ethnic group, just like Christians.

Anonymous said...

Poor Ben's thinking is a muddled as his acting and directing, he should just slip quietly into the night.


Anonymous said...

Poor Ben's thinking is a muddled as his acting and directing, he should just slip quietly into the night.


Anonymous said...

I've never been a fan of Bill Maher but his analysis is dead on. Ben afleck is just another Hollywood type trying to be politically correct.

Tidford Tatt said...

I have often wondered why so many terrific actors are such profound idiots. Then I learned about the mental condition referred to as "idiot savant" or more politically correctly today merely as "savant".

Below is the entirety of the Merriam-Webster Online definition of the term "idiot savant":

"Definition of IDIOT SAVANT

1: a person affected with a mental disability (as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music) —called also savant

2: a person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else"

In the popular mind "Rain Man," played brilliantly by Dustin Hoffman, is the archetypal idiot savant, a person of extraordinary brilliance in one particular area - often an artistic (right brain) or mathematical (left brain) area - and completely incompetent in other areas. On numerous occasions this condition has suddenly appeared after substantial brain trauma destroyed a portion of the brain.

These are folks who have "one task brains." Their brains are dedicated to one task - a task at which they excel magnificently. Unfortunately this single focus "one-track" design leaves their brains incapable of other intellectual tasks.

So what goes on with all these idiot actors? Think about it: What are key elements found widely in actors?

1 - An extreme need for public approval, for a following of sycophants; aka profound narcissism.
2 - An extreme ability to pretend, aka lie.

How to describe many truly great artist/actors? As narcissistic idiot savants.
Why are such artist/actors so convincing to budding sycophants longing to find their "who’s your daddy" intellectual leader (aka cult-bait)? Because so many great artist/actors are idiot savants who are truly brilliant at, and only at, pretending: Pretending to be good people, pretending to be intelligent, pretending to have a clue about reality, pretending to care about anything other than the adulation of their sycophants.

Once I attended a speech by the then very active activist/ actress Jane Fonda. During the question and answer session, someone asked her what gave her any expertise to speak out. She had the surprising (to me) integrity to answer - Nothing, but I'm famous so people will come and listen to me.

So next time you hear a famous actor discuss something other than acting, remember that he/she is likely a narcissist who (1) has no expertise or talent for anything other than pretending, and (2) is very likely particularly and stupefying incompetent concerning anything other than pretending.

Bird of Paradise said...

Affleck and maher need to be marooned in a lifeboat together surrounded by man eating sharks and with no food a leak in the lieboat and a storm fast approaching

Anonymous said...

And people wonder about the tall poppy syndrome. Personally I never put the idiot on a pedestal which gives me all the more right to call Affleck a self righteous, bigoted asshole who can't tell religion from race which makes his opinion eve more worthless. Stick to acting and leave world matters to the grownups you clown. Money doesn't entitle you to force your opinion on others.

Go Away Bird said...

Ben Afreak opens his pie-hole and coughs up his pea sized brain

Anonymous said...

Actually moron muslims have killed more muslims than anyone.

BTW moron, islam is NOT a race. Its barely a religion and most are barely human!

Anonymous said...

Entertainers should stay within their realm. The 99% do not care what they think or say or opine, only about the characters they portray.