Once again in this past week’s episode of his HBO TV show Real time with Bill Maher, Maher talked about Covid-19 without having any real medical, public health or Covid-19 experts on his show. This time, he claimed it would make them Howie Mandels if children wore face masks in schools.
Now, he did not think all children would continue to host the game show Agreement or no agreementor be a judge on the TV show America’s Got Talent just as Almond did. You would not be able to fit over 50 million people by America’s Got Talent judge table. Where, for example, would Heidi Klum sit?
No, Maher specifically referred to Mandel’s well-publicized germaphobia. Germaphobia is the fear of bacteria. And yes, Maher did not include any real psychologists in the program either. Instead, he had CNN‘s senior political analyst, John Avlon, on the segment, because why not have a political analyst when talking about science. Maybe the next time Maher talks about politics, he can include a diarrhea specialist in the program.
Maher made the Howie Mandel statement below Over time segment of his show, which was shown in the following video:
As you can see in this clip, Maher looked like a kid in a candy store eager to mingle with, “They do not need them,” where “they” means children and “them” means face masks. He added: “I mean, kids are the least, least vulnerable. Making these little kids Howie Mandels is what you do.”
Maher did not stop there and emphasized again: “No, that is true! You’re creating a generation of Howie Mandels, of little bacteria-paranoid munchkins. It’s so ridiculous. ”
Avlon replied: “It’s a big part of their lives, I mean we have young children-“
But then Maher went on to say, “Especially when they’re young, I think that’s the first thing they remember, and it’s going to be influenced by them. I mean, kids are ugly to begin with, you have to let them be ugly.… They also need to get bacteria in the body! ”
Avlon replied, “Up to a point.” To which Maher said: “But it’s true! This is how you get healthy! This is how you live with… you can not live in a world by getting rid of all bacteria or avoiding them! It’s insane!”
Okay, first of all, call it a hint. Something says that Maher and Mandel will not have a cozy dinner with candles soon, especially if it is indoors. Of course you can say that with certainty. Who knows what TV personalities really are like when they’re out of the camera. Maybe they’ll meet soon, and Mandel will say, “hey do you remember the time you told everyone not to let their kids grow up like me? Thank you so much for that,” followed by a hug. But there’s a decent chance that Mandel will not take Maher’s remarks too kindly.
Second, where is the evidence that just two years of face mask will turn children into germaphobes? Maher oversimplifies the potential causes of germaphobia, which like any other fear is much more complex. Will simply having too many lights in your house lead to achluophobia, a fear of the dark? Will using too many short words too often as “bruh” cause hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, a fear of long words? Will having too much intact clothing lead to trypophobia, a fear of gaps? Will listing too many Selena Gomez songs result in Selenophobia, a fear of the moon?
In addition, children are not snowflakes made of glass. Throughout history, children have survived the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, two world wars, all of this in the 1960s, and Justin Timberlake, who left * NSYNC. Children can be much more resilient and adaptable than Maher might make you think. The key is to explain to children that this pandemic is an emergency, a temporary situation.
Third, just because children may be less likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 outcomes, does not mean that it is not possible for them to become very ill. Asking children to wear face masks is not the same as asking them to jump out of a plane or pull a tractor. It’s a face mask for Pete’s sake. The risk of a child getting Covid-19 can still be much greater than the risk of wearing a face shield.
Fourth, Maher continues to overlook the whole “we are all” aspect of Covid-19 precautions. Wearing a face mask is not just about you. This is to protect others, especially those who cannot be vaccinated, such as infants, and those who may not respond as strongly to vaccination, such as immunocompromised and older adults.
Finally, it’s a wild face mask. What’s the big deal? If wearing a face mask for about two years was the worst aspect of our school year, many of us would have said, “hallelujah!” Who knows what Maher’s schooling was like. But many other children have had to go through much harder times in school, such as being bullied, dealing with racism, struggling with inequalities, not getting the resources and education they need, and in some cases not even getting the food they need. need. . If Maher is so concerned about school-age children, then why is he not talking about the sad state of the public education system in the United States? Why is he not doing more to support the hiring of more teachers and raise more funds to increase teachers’ salaries and create more effective programs?
Mahers Mandel statements came a week after Maher had compared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Hitler, presumably Adolph Hitler rather than a person named Jim Hitler. In an earlier episode of his show, Maher had said, “Justin Trudeau, I mean, I thought he was some kind of cool guy, so I started reading what he said. It’s been a few weeks since he was, or maybe “It’s September, but he was talking about people who have not been vaccinated. He said they do not believe in science. They are often misogynistic, often racist.” Maher continued with “No, they are not. He said, but they fill. And with that we have to make a choice in relation to the leader as a country, do we tolerate these people?” “It’s like, tolerate them?” Then Maher concluded: “Now you sound like Hitler. And recently he talked about having unacceptable views. “Yes, Maher actually compared Trudeau, who was frustrated that people were pushing anti-vaccination information with Hitler, who committed atrocities, attempted genocide and started World War II? But is it so again not what some politicians have done through this pandemic?
The “Howie Mandel” segment was another example of Maher making statements about Covid-19 and Covid-19 precautions on his show without having the right experts in the room. His guests appear to be hand-picked and not very different. Talking about medicine and health is not the same as talking about politics. You can not just expel opinions while ignoring scientific facts. By saying inaccurate things, you can end up doing real harm.