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Bill Maher Responds To Whoopi Goldberg, Sounds Off On Use Of ‘Black National Anthem’

 28 days ago

Bill Maher has sounded off on the whole situation with Whoopi Goldberg and the use of the Black National Anthem at NFL games. To recap what happened, Maher spoke on his HBO show Real Time about the NFL kicking off its first game of the season by playing both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Black National Anthem, also known by the title “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

“I think we should have one national anthem,” Maher says, noting that we should aim to stay away from songs that suggest segregation and that it moves the nation back in terms of race relations.

Bill Maher and his opinion on the use of the ‘Black National Anthem’
ROBERT KLEIN STILL CAN’T STOP HIS LEG, Bill Maher, 2016. ©The Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection

In response, Whoopi talked about it on The View, saying that the reason the Black National Anthem exists is that some people need to be re-educated on how many Black people see “The Star-Spangled Banner,” further responding to his comments with an eye-roll.

Maher later clarified that he meant we shouldn’t have two separate anthems, and that we should only have one to unify the nation. “A new national anthem, fine, I’ll forgo for that,” he said. “But not two. Because that leads down a road we don’t want to go.”

“Stop talking politics”
Whoopi Goldberg at the AMPAS 9th Annual Governors Awards, Dolby Ballroom, Hollywood, CA 11-11-17 / Photographer: S_bukley

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Maher discussed the whole situation with Kimmel. Kimmel followed up by saying that people are afraid to cheer and applaud and support unpopular opinions, to which Maher said he simply doesn’t care about that and is why he had such a small social media presence. “I could say good morning (on Twitter) and the first 10 responses would be ‘Well I guess with your white privilege it’s a good morning,’” he said.

Maher adds that he’d like to see social media platforms like Facebook go back to sharing information and stories rather than talking and arguing about politics. “You want to know how to heal America? Shut up.” he said. “Stop talking politics all the time.”

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Carolyn Black
28d ago

Whoopi you need to be educated. this is America not black Ameruca. your black national anthem segregated races. this is what you are asking for. we do not need segregation. do go peddle this BLM somewhere else.

Mary Hill
28d ago

Whoopi your wrong. we have one national anthem. it's not black or white or red or yellow. it's our one national anthem. your inciting racism

Dorothy Heitke
28d ago

The national anthem should unite us. If we decide that we need a black national anthem..shouldn't there also be an Asian, Hispanic, Irish, Norwegian, Native American, etc, etc national anthem so as to be inclusive of all the nationalities that live here? Food for thought???


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