“What a little prick. Smirk-face!”
In the wake of a confrontation between a high school student and a Native American veteran that made national headlines, comedian Bill Maher mocked the 16-year-old teen at the center of the controversy during Friday’s edition of the HBO talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“I don’t blame the kid, the smirk-face kid. I blame lead poisoning and bad parenting. And, oh yeah, I blame the fucking kid,” Maher said of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. “What a little prick. Smirk-face!”
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He continued by referencing the ongoing Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal that has received renewed attention in recent months. “This smirking kid says he was just trying to defuse the situation. Really? Next time you get into a fight, try that,” Maher said. “I do not spend a lot of time around Catholic schoolchildren. But I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids.”
Bill Maher smears Nick Sandmann: “I blame that fucking kid. What a little prick. Smirk face. Like that’s not a dick move at any age to stick your face in this elderly man.”
Maher then mocks kids raped by priests: “I don’t get what Catholic priests see in these kids” pic.twitter.com/uEZ6fnTVU8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 26, 2019
A video clip of Sandmann’s encounter with a Native American veteran, Nathan Phillips, sparked public outcry from commenters on social media, cultural commentators, and media outlets disgusted by the Covington Catholic student’s alleged display of district toward an elder.
Liberal pundits in particular viewed the incident as an indictment of white male privilege.
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A counter backlash soon followed after extended footage contextualized and complicated the entire affair. Conservatives lambasted media outlets, some of whom walked back the assertions made in their initial reports of the incident, accusing them of rushing to judgment in service of a convenient, progressively orthodox narrative.