Bill Maher has hit back at Whoopi Goldberg after she criticised his comments on the NFL (National Football League) playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem before games.
During ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, Maher said the only time when there should be two nation anthems, is when the other team is from Canada.
Maher criticised the NFL after the song was played before the 2021 season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Maher said that playing the song, along with separating white and black students on college campuses, amounted to “segregation under a new name”.
Goldberg said a few days later that “we’re having to reeducate people” on how to treat minorities and women because “we have gone backwards a good 10, 15 years”.
She went on to say that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is considered the black national anthem because “the separation of the anthems has been so clear to us”.
Maher hit back at Goldberg on Friday night, saying her comments “seemed to be a lot about a need to school me on the Black national anthem itself” without addressing his main point.
“When it comes to an anthem, it doesn’t have to be the one that we currently use, but it has to be just one, you know, because it’s a national anthem,” Maher said.
“And purposefully fragmenting things by race reinforces a terrible message that we are two nations hopelessly drifting apart from each other. That’s not where we were 10 years ago, and it shouldn’t be where we are now.”
“We need to stop regarding this new woke segregation as if it’s some sort of cultural advancement. It’s not,” Maher continued.