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Bill Maher on Mozillagate: 'There is a Gay Mafia...If You Cross Them, You Do Get Whacked' — VIDEO


Bill Maher touched on the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich last night on the "Overtime" portion of Real Time with Bill Maher. It's unclear how long the discussion went on about it but in a brief segment that appeared online a couple of Maher's guests, former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) weighed in, as well as Forbes magazine's Carrie Sheffield, who used one of the nonsensical responses being used by some in the right-wing - that Obama was still against gay marriage when Eich made his donation.

Maher nods his head, adding: "Good point. Also, I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked."


As far as the Obama point goes, Jeremy Hooper refuted that talking point the other day:

...look, President Obama was certainly wrong on marriage, something he himself now realizes...But the fact of the matter is that the Democratic candidates (and most Dems in general) opposed the abject and unconstituional nastiness that was and is Proposition 8 because, even when they had yet to come to their current places of support, they knew that altering governing documents for the sole purpose of limiting rights was a bad idea. Mr. Eich apparently felt otherwise.

By all means, defend Mr. Eich's actions and criticize his treatment. But stop lying about who was supposedly his compatriot in the Prop 8 battle. Barack Obama—who also opposed DOMA, backed ENDA and hate crimes legislation, and vowed to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell—was not on his team.

In other news, Brendan Eich's Twitter account has gone dark:

“Sorry, that page doesn't exist!” is all that remains of where Eich once connected with his more than 31,000 followers.

Eich's final tweet was a March 26 link to a blog post in which he discussed his commitment to diversity. “Inclusiveness at Mozila [sic],” he messaged.

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  1. Yes, and the way to not cross the gay mafia is to (a) treat LGBTs with respect, (b) don't discriminate against us in any way and (c) don't try to pass or support laws which enshrine discrimination against us into law. Sorry some people are finding this so difficult to do.

    Posted by: Chris L. | Apr 5, 2014 9:28:39 AM

  2. There's not a single episode of Real Time with Bill Maher where he doesn't take a swing at gays, this one included.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 5, 2014 9:30:26 AM

  3. names! i want names! who are the consigliere, Caporegime, soldati, and most important il Capo di tutti Capi of il Mafia Omosessuale?

    it's good to know this. you never know when you might need l'aiuto di 'tuo zio'! well, at least that's how it worked in mia familgia...

    oh, yeah. btw, they kinda/sorta looked at the 'groups' who were behind the 'ouster' of Eich. not one of the major lgbtq organizations were involved. in fact, seems like most of the dissent was by the straight, younger community members of Mozilla who found his actions 'immoral' - imagine that...

    Posted by: mike/ | Apr 5, 2014 9:35:27 AM

  4. There is an astounding absence of the obvious each time I hear "but Obama was against gay marriage back then too..." Simply put, many people have "evolved" on the issue. Having once not supported gay marriage is a far cry from financially campaigning and funding efforts to destroy it.

    Posted by: Dar | Apr 5, 2014 9:38:48 AM

  5. @Mike: spot-on. They just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the fact that it was straight allies that was a large part of the push.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Apr 5, 2014 9:40:05 AM

  6. While there is no doubt that Maher is a supporter of gay rights, it's also quite clear that he thinks of gays as mostly a punch line. And usually the lines are about how flamboyant gays are -swishy, dramatic etc. it gets tiresome. In his heart I think gay-ally Alec Baldwin "likes" gays a bazillion times more than Maher.

    Posted by: Jesse | Apr 5, 2014 9:41:29 AM

  7. Uh huh. Instead of concrete "shoes" and throwing you in the river to sleep with the fishes the gay mafia puts you in you in high heels and makes you sleep with the swishes. ;)

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 5, 2014 9:49:15 AM

  8. Whenever anyone from Forbes mentions anything (anti-)Gay all I see is Malcolm Forbes in his leather daddy costume parading around with his Chelsea motorcycle gang. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Apr 5, 2014 10:03:14 AM

  9. Right. When you're about to be whacked you awake to a severed unicorn's head on the pillow next to you. Watch out, Christers!

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 5, 2014 10:04:43 AM

  10. We see what he's talking about with past attacks on Elton John, Johnny Weir, Alec Baldwin and the like - people who have done their best to be gay-supportive, but who's best has been deemed insufficient, and worthy of bashing. So they get attacked violently, while people who are actually working hard to force gay people out of public life and back into the closet, or prison, or death, are often left in relative peace to get on with their true hatefulness.

    It seems that some people are just compelled to attack members of their own group or their own supporters who are even a little different from them, or who don't agree completely with them. They think those disagreements are traitorous and blasphemous, worse crimes to them than the actions of their actual enemies.

    This has held us back in the past, and will continue to do so. The only silver lining is that Republicans and christian gay-bashers do the same things within their own groups, too.

    I'm looking forward to reading the reactions of the gay gay-bashers to this post, too . . .

    Posted by: E. Manhattan | Apr 5, 2014 10:11:50 AM

  11. Maher's statement is no less bigoted than Eich's. But because he is a darling of the left he will be given a pass.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Apr 5, 2014 10:14:41 AM

  12. Gay mafia? I'll take it. We need all the help we can get!

    Posted by: mike | Apr 5, 2014 10:23:07 AM

  13. Of course there's a gay mafia!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 5, 2014 10:23:44 AM

  14. Maher has never really been an ally. He's always just been decent enough to us that we don't attack him back when he slams us.

    That's who Bill Maher is.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 5, 2014 10:34:17 AM

  15. When it comes down to it, straight people don't 'get' that we've been dealing with double-standards our entire lives and we're quite simply 'over it'! Fortunately we are in a time when most people are beginning to understand what we've been dealing with.

    It's not a gay-mafia (I wish!). It's a collective, "enough already."

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 5, 2014 10:36:57 AM

  16. bill's a comedian, for pete's sake - lighten up! he has no ill will towards gays, just making a commentary, for a laugh, on what bigots probably are thinking.

    let's hope bigots aren't forced into the closet, or become nearly as good as gays while in there, or we'll never identify them to out them and protect ourselves.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 5, 2014 10:37:33 AM

  17. Yes we can! Yes we can indeed!

    Posted by: LaqueeshaMcJackson | Apr 5, 2014 10:43:09 AM

  18. Why Eich and no one else? It's one thing to take a political position, but is the agenda under the control of the right people or was this orchestrated by Mozilla's rivals?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 5, 2014 10:46:48 AM

  19. I found a horse head in my bed once, he was fantastic! I was better.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 5, 2014 10:54:36 AM

  20. @E. MANHATTAN :

    "It seems that some people are just compelled to attack members of their own group or their own supporters who are even a little different from them, or who don't agree completely with them."

    Do you think people like Ken Melman are to be given a free pass ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 5, 2014 10:54:41 AM

  21. "Gay Mafia"? Seriously? Where's the mention of the Right Wing Mafia of Nom and Conservative Religionistas and lawmakers who want to criminalize gay lives (or put them on islands with barbed wire)? I think Gay Freedom fighters is a better term than to associate us with a criminal, morally corrupt and sociopathic entity--that's the Republican's purview.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 5, 2014 11:03:04 AM

  22. Obama evolved on gay marriage AND the other option was what? Sarah Palin as VP?! Come on.

    Eich didn't apologize or say that his views had changed since his Prop 8 donation. That's the big difference. If he would have been apologetic, maybe made a show of good faith by donating to a gay rights organization or SOMETHING, then maybe he wouldn't have had to resign. Surely that would have sated some.

    But Eich wasn't apologetic and it was obvious that his stance on gay rights hadn't changed. He was just hoping it would die down. NOPE! Peace out homie. Actions have consequences. Welcome to reality.

    Posted by: daws | Apr 5, 2014 11:03:08 AM

  23. No, we are not the Mafia; but we are speakim\ng up for ourselves when we were too terrified to be noticed; we could not speak up at school or even reveal ourselves; we were criminalised and subject to 14 years in prison for whet we did, up to 1994, in my case.
    We were mortified despised,sneered at all our lives.
    Now we are vocal, activist, radical.
    Call it mafia, call it self respect.
    We are not "intrinsically defective".
    We are the love that dare speak its name, loudly.
    We fight back.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 5, 2014 11:11:55 AM

  24. I don't understand why people are trying to say Obama and Eich's position were the same. So I will give an example below using religion.

    Obama's: "i don't believe in religion, but people have the right to believe whatever they want"

    Eich's:"I don't believe in religion, so let us BAN all religion making it illegal to practice your faith"

    Understood NOW???

    Posted by: johnosahon | Apr 5, 2014 11:14:22 AM

  25. Show me the receipts!

    Posted by: MArk | Apr 5, 2014 11:15:51 AM

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