On Wednesday, the Internet rallied support for a bright 14-year-old boy, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. Ahmed was proud of his invention, but school officials and police in Irvine, Texas, did not feel the same way. Ahmed found support from big leaguers like President Obama, who tweeted his well wishes, and the original clockmaster himself, Flavor Flav, who told the world to “STOP clock blocking.” Everyone loves Ahmed except for Bristol Palin and — you guessed it — Bill Maher.
On Friday evening’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, the host assured his panel that he would not be throwing the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag anytime soon. Maher believes Ahmed deserves an apology from school officials, but he knows why this happened: “People at the school thought it might be a bomb … because it looks exactly like a f*cking bomb.” Maher’s statement was met with instantaneous audience laughter.
Maher does not believe Ahmed’s teacher made the wrong move in bringing the homemade clock to the attention of school officials. Here’s what Maher said, and his audience regularly peppered his words with giggles:
“It’s not the color of his skin. Somebody look me in the eye right now and tell me. Over the last 30 years, if so many young Muslim men … and he’s young, 14, but that’s not like it’s never happened before, hasn’t blown up a lot of sh*t around the world. And this kid deserves an apology, because he wasn’t one of them… Over the last 30 years, it’s been one culture that has been been blowing sh*t up over and over again.”
Maher seeks to cancel the world’s concern at how a young boy wearing a NASA t-shirt was cuffed and taken into police custody. He finishes with this sentiment: “What if it had been a bomb? The lack of perspective on this is astounding.”