You Choose …
When I heard Bill Maher’s Christmas Eve Tweet about Tim Tebow, I tucked it away as post-fodder for Thursday. What could be better for one last curmudgeonly rant for 2011 than an evangelical dumb jock who seems to think he’s being guided by Jesus on the football field versus a snide, pro-atheism comedian looking for some publicity? But here it is Thursday and my Inner Curmudgeon is yawning, which means you get to hear from me. The me Muri likes best.
In case you were on another planet for the last week, after Tebow’s Denver Broncos were annihilated by the New England Patriots last week, Maher Tweeted: Wow, Jesus just f—- TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler, “Hey, Buffalo’s killing them” This set off a firestorm of commentary, ranging from counter-Tweets, like FOX News’ Eric Bowling’s, Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash. I can’t even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow . . . on Christmas Eve, to calls for a boycott of HBO, the network that airs Real Time with Bill Maher. To Tebow’s credit, he ignored Maher, Tweeting only, Tough game today but what’s most important is being able to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas everyone GB² (according to Tebow’s website GB²=God Bless+Go Broncos). Naturally, along with the calls for Maher’s head, there have been Tweets supporting both his edgy comedy and his right to say what he thinks.
The thing I like … and hate … about Twitter is that it gives us a glimpse directly into the heads of celebrities without filtering by writers, public relations weenies and agents. We get to see exactly what they are thinking in the words they choose which can be both enlightening and scary. That’s not to say some celebrities aren’t more calculating than others. As Andy Levy said on FOX News, Bill Maher tweeted this for one reason and one reason only: to get a rise out of people. Why give him the satisfaction? He’s a comedian. People need to stop being outraged by what comedians say. Part of their job is to say things that are outrageous.
So, do me a favor. Take a look at Tebow’s and Maher’s Tweets side-by-side, then answer a few questions. If you want, hop over to Wikipedia** and read a little bit about the two, Maher here and Tebow here.
Who sounds smarter to you, the dumb jock or the know-it-all comedian?
Who sounds happier to you?
Who sounds more at peace with himself to you?
Now, The $64,000 Question: If forced to choose, would you be Bill Maher or Tim Tebow? Although I have no desire to be either, if forced to choose, the answer would be easy for me.
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