TV host Bill Maher is known for being politically incorrect, but he is taking a lot more heat than usual this week after making fun of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and his Christian beliefs.
Following the Denver Bronco’s Christmas Eve loss to the Buffalo Bills, Maher wrote on Twitter, “Wow, Jesus just f—d #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’” Maher is vocal about being an atheist on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” while Tebow is known for being demonstratively religious during football games. Maher’s comment instigated sharp attacks from conservatives like Fox Business' "Follow the Money" host Eric Bolling, who responded on Twitter by writing, "Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash. I can't even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow...on Christmas Eve. #straighttohellBill." More recently, protesters against Maher are calling for a boycott of HBO. Maher probably knew that he would anger a lot of people when he poked fun at Jesus, but he might not have anticipated a boycott of his own network.
Is the backlash too extreme? Should Maher apologize for saying what he did?
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