ABC canceled “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to the apes from “Planet of the Apes.” She later apologized.
But some conservative social media users, noting that Maher once compared Donald Trump to an orangutan, claimed that a double standard was at play and called for HBO to cancel “Real Time.”
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So it was that during his opening “Real Time” monologue Friday, Maher introduced the “explaining jokes to idiots” segment.
“One, Trump is an orangutan,” Maher joked. “Two, white people have not been subjected to a racist trope comparing them to apes for hundreds of years.