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Home Box Office (HBO) “Real Time” host Bill Maher's recent foray into sexism - employing the terms dumb twat, bimbos, and cunt in describing Rep Michele Bachmann and Gov Sarah Palin - is completely unacceptable and should not be allowed to be part of our country's national dialogue.  That is why The New Agenda, a national organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls, is calling on Time Warner, owner of HBO, to immediately cancel Bill Maher's show and terminate his employment.

Mr. Maher has a track record of sexist comments against women in power.

In February 2008, Maher made light of David Shuster's Chelsea "pimp" comment by saying (emphasis added):

Now they fined CBS a million dollars, a million dollars for Janet Jackson's nipple. Think what they could get for Hillary Clinton's cunt."

For this, Mr. Maher was almost fired by HBO. He should have learned from his mistake, but he clearly did not.  In fact, Mr. Maher's most recent string of vulgar comments has little to do with political party, and everything to do with his utter contempt for women.

Mr. Maher's use of the terms dumb twat, bimbos, and cunt hurts not only Rep Bachmann and Gov Palin, but each and every mother, daughter and wife.

Mr. Maher's statements reveal his belief that rather than criticize or question a woman on her positions or ideas; it is appropriate to demean and diminish her by sexualizing her or presuming a lack of intelligence due to her gender.

Mr. Maher's comments have no place in our national dialogue and he should be taken off the air immediately.

Letter to
Board of Directors, Time Warner Jeffrey L. Bewkes
Board of Directors, Time Warner Fred Hassan
Board of Directors, Time Warner William P. Barr
and 12 others
Board of Directors, Time Warner James L. Barksdale
Board of Directors, Time Warner Deborah C. Wright
Board of Directors, Time Warner Jessica P. Einhorn
Board of Directors, Time Warner Paul D. Wachter
Board of Directors, Time Warner Mathias Döpfner
Board of Directors, Time Warner Kenneth J. Novack
Board of Directors, Time Warner Robert C. Clark
Board of Directors, Time Warner Michael A. Miles
Board of Directors, Time Warner Frank J. Caufield
President, HBO Programming, HBO Michael Lombardo
Chairman and CEO, HBO William Nelson
Board of Directors, Time Warner Stephen F. Bollenbach
We the undersigned, are asking that Time Warner/HBO should immediately cancel Bill Maher's show "RealTime" and terminate his employment.

Home Box Office (HBO) “Real Time” host Bill Maher's recent foray into sexism - employing the terms dumb twat, bimbos, and cunt in describing Rep Michele Bachmann and Gov Sarah Palin - is completely unacceptable and should not be allowed to be part of our country's national dialogue. That is why we are joining along with The New Agenda, a national organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls, in calling on Time Warner, owner of HBO, to immediately cancel Bill Maher's show and terminate his employment.

Mr. Maher has a track record of sexist comments against women in power, including this comment in February 2008:

Now they fined CBS a million dollars, a million dollars for Janet Jackson's nipple. Think what they could get for Hillary Clinton's cunt."

Clearly, Mr. Maher did not learn from his mistake. Mr. Maher's most recent string of vulgar comments has little to do with political party, and everything to do with his utter contempt for women.

Mr. Maher's use of the terms dumb twat, bimbos, and cunt hurts not only Rep Bachmann and Gov Palin, but each and every mother, daughter and wife.

Mr. Maher's statements reveal his belief that rather than criticize or question a woman on her positions or ideas; it is appropriate demean and diminish her by sexualizing her or presuming a lack of intelligence due to her gender.

Mr. Maher's comments have no place in our national dialogue and he should be taken off the air immediately.

Thank you.