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Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything'

HBO's Bill Maher chided the Democratic Party on Friday, saying Democrats have sucked "the fun out of everything."

"Once upon a time, the right were the ones offended by everything. They were the party of speech codes and blacklists and moral panics and demanding some TV show had to go," Maher said on his show.

"Well now that's us. We're the fun-suckers now. We suck the fun out of everything: Halloween, the Oscars, childhood, Twitter, comedy," he added.

Maher, a liberal comedian, has been an outspoken critic of "cancel culture" and has pushed back against efforts from progressives to punish individuals or shut out certain entertainment due to offensive language.

Recently, Maher opposed the removal of a journalist from Teen Vogue for past anti-Asian tweets and criticized Oscar-nominated plotlines for being "depressing." He has also bemoaned "woke competition."

Maher went further Friday, arguing that Democrats need to be less "uptight."

He maintained that Democrats "can't tell the difference between Anthony Weiner and Al Franken," referring to allegations of sexual misconduct against the two former Democratic politicians, and went after the party for former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) being pushed to step down when nude photos of her were leaked.

The host compared the examples to several instances of Republicans engaging in behavior that he said the GOP would have previously condemned, mentioning former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) working for a marijuana company and former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife acknowledging a past affair.

"We need to restore the natural order of things. I don't want to live in a world where liberals are the uptight ones and conservatives do drugs and get laid," Maher joked, adding that "Democrats are the party of free love and fun and forgetting where you parked your car."

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