HBO's Bill Maher opines on the far-left and far-right's threat to free speech. From the August 18, 2017 broadcast of Real Time: BILL MAHER: Sometimes bipartisanship isn't the solution, it's the problem. You might be surprised at how many times the far-left and the far-right, otherwise known as the right, actually work together to make a problem worse. For example, they both resist globalization. The far-left because they can exploit workers; the far-right because their country music station switched to Mexican. Right and left have bonded in believing 9/11 was an inside job. Somehow a leftist like Oliver Stone and a wannabe dictator like Donald Trump both think Putin is a great guy. And then there is something I like to call the 'bipartisan pro-fat movement.' Despite the fact that obesity accounts for 18% of deaths in America and a huge chunk of our health care bill, and is the main reason people wear sweatpants in public… In liberal circles, the worst thing anyone can ever do is mention weight, because that's fat-shaming. And to conservatives, any attempt to even offer guidelines about what to eat, well, that smells like social engineering. As opposed to freedom which smells like bacon. Now you remember the right was infuriated back when First Lady Michelle Obama was trying to impose her radical Black Panther agenda of encouraging kids to eat healthily. Sarah Palin went so far as to defiantly show up at a school with plates of sugar cookies. That'll teach you kids to eat a carrot! How did vegetables get to be un-American? Okay, Super Patriots eat what you want, but let's get real. These colors don't run because these colors can't run. But the rotund right is not alone in promoting intolerance of a national health crisis. Back when they both had jobs, Steve Bannon was asked why Sean Spicer was spending less time in front of the camera and he joked, 'oh, well, Sean got fatter.' Okay, not the greatest joke ever but a joke! Not to Chelsea Clinton, it wasn't. She tweeted, 'Fat shaming isn't a joke I find funny. Ever.' Oh, Christ, even your mom knew when to fake a laugh. I'm sorry, but pretending that everyone is beautiful at any size is not helping them, it's enabling them. But among the shaming police, the most important message you could ever send an obese person is that your body is perfect just the way it is: prone on a gurney… But, wait, it gets worse. Not only are left and right united on what goes in your mouth, they've also declared open season on the words that come out of it. Free speech is under attack from both sides. You have Trump who says fake news so many times a day it's like he has totalitarian Tourettes. A president, an American president, calling the Fourth Estate the enemy. He's also called them scum, disgusting, really bad people. And he wants to change libel laws so he can go after people who insult him and, in his words, "so we can win lots of money." He tried it with me, four years ago, to the tune of $5 million simply because I demanded he produce, you remember this, his birth certificate and proof that he wasn't part orange-haired orangutan. Hey, a lot of people we're saying, a lot of people we're saying… And then there's what's going on in the left! Oh, we have our own anti-free speech brigade which you may know by their other name: college. Where the most popular major these days is outrage with a minor in canceling speaking engagements. Berkeley was the home of the free speech movement, now it's enforcing speaking bans. That's the Catholic Church enforcing an age of consent. So there you have it. The next time someone pines for bipartisanship just remember, when people of goodwill come together from across the aisle we can fuck up anything.