Final evening, Invoice Maher introduced that he intends to cross the picket line of the WGA strike and return to work at his TV present Actual Time “sans writers or writing.” Amongst the overwhelmingly adverse response to the choice by Maher’s friends, sports activities and political commentator Keith Olbermann attacked the terminally smug centrist, calling him “egocentric” and “unfunny” whereas putting the primary blow in a battle of Pot vs. Kettle.
“It has been 5 months, and it's time to convey folks again to work,” Maher wrote within the tweet saying his resolution to defy the strike and resume Actual Time. “The writers have essential points that I sympathize with, and hope they're addressed to their satisfaction, however they don't seem to be the one folks with points, issues, and issues. Regardless of some help from me, a lot of the workers is struggling mightily.” Maher’s crossing of the picket line was preempted by weeks of criticism of the WGA and SGA, addressing the latter on his “Membership Random” podcast, saying, “They type of consider that you just’re owed a dwelling as a author, and also you’re not. That is present enterprise.”
Olbermann, who famously operated in an identical fashion to Maher as a smarmy center-left shit-stirrer throughout his 8 years at MSNBC on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, responded to Maher’s announcement tweet, “With out writers, the brand new weekly SCAB version of ‘Actual Time With @billmaher’ might be 83 seconds lengthy,” which, coincidentally, is precisely how lengthy we are able to stand to hearken to Olbermann’s podcast concerning the Trump trial.
“As someone who's identified you since 1978: Fuck you, Invoice, you egocentric and unfunny scumbag,” Olbermann emphatically added, echoing a sentiment that many people fortunate sufficient to not know Maher personally have felt since he began shilling for anti-vaxxers and casually lobbing N-bombs for no purpose.
Maher’s condescending pseudo-intellectual shtick has lengthy been an issue in political discourse for a way typically he pulls off the web contrarian trick of proudly declaring, “Either side are equally silly and the one good persons are fence-sitters like me,” however, in current months, his development in the direction of apologist for establishments just like the AMPTP have proven his true colours as a “F- you, obtained mine” conservative masquerading as a average.
Olbermann, alternatively, has maintained a considerably constant ideology whereas taking part in the identical smug recreation of “Everybody’s an fool moreover individuals who assume precisely like me” that made Maher a multi-millionaire. At all times wanting to feud with whomever crossed the road on the web that day, Olbermann’s assault on Maher was predictable, if not barely ironic. It’s type of like if Sammy Sosa known as out Barry Bonds for dishonest — he’s not flawed, nevertheless it’s wealthy coming from him.