Douche of the Week: Bill Maher

Updated: April 9, 2013


By Jack Mandaville

I not only love contributing to The Rhino Den, but I’m also an avid fan. The modern veteran community is as politically diverse—on certain issues—as the American population as a whole. The Den provides a place where we can steer our collective future through thought-provoking articles that often challenge our opinions and, by maintaining an open-minded dialogue in the process, we have the opportunity to buck certain stereotypes and stigmas that plague us.

But there are times when the veteran community almost unanimously comes together on something. And when those times arise; my yearning to write isn’t because I have a desire to guide a discussion. Instead, I do it purely for cathartic reasons—a needed outlet to prevent myself from making physical mistakes. In these cases, I have to write because my only other option is throwing my laptop through the first fucking window I see.

Enter Bill Maher.

On an episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher which aired on April 5, 2013, the often controversial talk show host was interviewing bestselling author Sebastian Junger (noted book and film works include War, The Perfect Storm and Restrepo) about his HBO documentary on deceased colleague Tim Hetherington. During the interview, Junger articulated why American veterans long for combat situations post-service:

Everything has a kind of intensity. The soldiers aren’t psychopaths, they don’t miss killing, they don’t miss getting killed, but what they miss is that sense of meaning and the bond that arises in that situation. You know, platoon, most of the guys in a platoon would risk their life for everyone else in the platoon. You can’t recreate that back home and that’s what they miss.

Folks, Junger is one of a few civilian journalists who have the ability to accurately communicate the sentiments of the American veteran. That nailed it.

Alright… let’s go to Maher’s immediate response:

Well, some of them are psychopaths. I mean, let’s be honest. Some people join the Army because it’s the one place where you can kill people for free—where you’re not charged with murder. I’m not saying that’s the main component of it, but I mean that is some attraction.

… Holy. Fucking. Shitballs. Never in the history of Douchedom have I heard such an asinine remark regarding American veterans. (Okay, I’ll admit, there are certainly some contenders out there.) And the funniest thing was you heard nothing but crickets coming from Maher’s otherwise fiercely loyal audience. Even they were like, “Uh… you’re on your own, Bill.”

Before I go into my denunciation of this ass-nugget, I want to give you Junger’s response… because it was spot-on:

There are probably psychopaths in every population. But the guys that I knew out there actually were, they were incredibly aware of the Afghans because they knew if they alienated the local population they would be in more danger. And they were really, really careful, actually.


Stop, I am not a Douche!

Stop, I am not a Douche!

That first sentence in Junger’s retort pretty much summed up why Maher’s response was so epically douchetastic. Maher propagated the erroneous belief that psychopathic individuals are somehow attracted to military service because of the nature of the job—meaning there would be a significant portion of personnel who fit the textbook definition of a psychopath. That couldn’t be farther from the truth for so many reasons. The main being that in order to successfully manage a cohesive military unit (especially in the 21st Century) you must create an atmosphere where numerous people utilize critical thinking skills to benefit the group as a whole. This entails selfless, well-disciplined individual behavior to promote the long-term goals of the group.

Concerning the textbook definition, psychopaths are not well-disciplined nor are they selfless. They act purely for their own self-interest. And anyone who has ever served in an infantry unit can tell you that individuals like that are typically recognized and weeded out. Furthermore, as Junger pointed out in his brief reply, soldiers operating in warzones make certain decision in the interest of their own survival, whereas psychopathic individuals usually act with little concern of consequences.

Are there individuals serving in the US Military who would fit the textbook definition of a psychopath? Abso-fucking-lutely. But it’s safe to say—again, as Junger briefly pointed out—that these individuals have also swarmed into other occupations and lifestyles. (Let’s not forget that we couldn’t go one week in the 90s without hearing about a postal worker going on a rampage.)

Before I end this, I’d like to make a point on two issues:

Actually Bill, that is what we think of you.

Right back at you!

1) What this (Maher’s) mentality does to returning veterans. I could write an entire dissertation on negative stereotypes that harm the reputation of the American Veteran. The bullshit coming from high profile entertainers and media members like Maher is precisely why veterans are fighting an uphill battle in the sphere of unemployment. Who wants to hire somebody when they’re repeatedly being told that certain individuals are psychopaths?

2) Maher gives liberals a black eye. I’ve seen a lot of commentary on the internet trying to link Maher’s utterly idiotic statement with American liberalism. Bill Maher didn’t say that because he’s a liberal. He said it because he’s a douchebag. (Hence why he’s Douche of the Week.) There are plenty of liberals who don’t feel this way and, moreover, there are liberals serving in our armed forces. He represents liberal ideology the same way that fuck-face Michael Savage represents conservatism—meaning they’re fringe assholes who get paid to shock people.

Folks, the men and women serving our nation are some of the best individuals in our population. And like any workforce, you’re going to get a few bad apples every once in a while. The fact that Bill Maher used the actions of a few to tarnish the reputation of the majority is why he’s our Douche of the Week.





  1. Just Plain Jason

    April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I think that Bill Maher fits the definition of a psychopath. His actions and words fit him into the category very nicely, I wonder if anyone has analyzed him in that way.

  2. D. Bjorn

    April 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Which is why I quit watching the douche YEARS ago. If you don’t agree with him, you’re wrong. Automatically. Which is why I enjoy watching Jon Stewert and Stephen Colbert — one isn’t afraid to admit he made a mistake and apologize — the other is farcical on so many levels. Thanks for picking a good Douche — does he win a case of Massingel now?

    • Air

      April 19, 2013 at 5:15 am

      I agree with the majority of what Maher says(as well as Colbert and Stewart) but Bill has said many times that you don’t have to agree with him about everything. It’s disagreement of facts that get under his skin. This was his opinion and he never said it was a fact. When ever he states a fact he always says “this is a fact”

  3. BellaMia

    April 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Maher is a scrawny, hideous cowardly man, the exact opposite of our strong brave men and women who wear the uniform. His comment is a reflection of his own black heart and his extreme narcissistic character, not caring who is affected by his absurd comments. There are undoubtedly more psychopaths in Hollywood drawn to a business where they can re-create murder.

  4. Nate

    April 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I agree with him. You have to look into the whole thing as a context and the context here is in the word “some.” He said “some” people join the army to kill and I have to agree with that because I knew a few of them. Of course I agree with him saying this in such a large medium due to the effects it will have on points of view across the nation of sheepeople.

  5. Wardy

    April 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    While I agree this guy is a douche of the highest degree, the fact that we (or anybody) is talking about him does nothing but affirm his relevance. I think that a boycott of anything Maher is in order. Let’s see how long HBO will keep him if subscriptions drop. The reason you would need to drop your subscription is that sends a message to HBO. Not watching is craptastic show won’t impact him, as stated it is a subscription.

    #2 Where is the media? Why aren’t they calling him out. Oh that’s right, they agree with him. We are all terrorists, and Maher and his ilk, are the saviors

  6. Chris Fleisher

    April 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Bill is not media. He’s a hack comic whose relevance ended years ago. I remember watching Ted Nugent destroy him and Gloria Steinem years ago when he was on Comedy Central. He can suck start a Ma Deuce.

    @ Wardy- I agree on #2. The media want us to forget this ever happened to/ by one of their own.

    • John

      April 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I thout I recognized his peas of shit ass.

  7. Mark Groth

    April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Not just for the week, but for all time. I really wish he would stop stealing everyones’ oxygen.

  8. Tom

    April 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Honestly, there is nothing that comes out of his mouth that surprises me. He like so many of his ilk, are malignant narcissists, and sociopaths. Not a psychopath, a sociopath, which is by all rights more dangerous. He has succeeded on a grand scale, to appease his ego. He has many followers that spew his drivel, and willingly so. Unfortunately, we are giving him the very thing he craves, attention, whether it is good, or bad, he wants it. In relation to my previous assertion, about him being a sociopath, I believe he lacks the defining feature of a psychopath, and that is delusion. He is incredibly cognizant of his actions and their potential consequences, he simply doesn’t acknowledge that those consequences apply to him. They apply to us, but not to him. His actions are also deliberate. Which I think should not make him a douche, it makes him an insignificant annoyance, like dog poo on your boot heel. Something to be regarded with disgust and disdain, and then paid no mind. That is a fitting punishment for this scum-sucking troglodite, to be deprived of the one thing he craves, attention. For more information on sociopaths, check this out http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

    • John

      April 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Tom I love you man. Lol

  9. Common Sense

    April 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Just a couple of notes here. I was wondering as I read this article, Jack, why it was lacking in profundity in it’s assertion that Mr. Maher was Douche of the week. In fact it is undeniable that he is Douche Emeritus on so many fronts that that it has become his moniker. Then the the message appeared in neon effervescence. The affirmation and application of superlatives and other four letter tags on this piece of shit for a human being does not even appear as well placed criticism. It is a self imposed observation that lends credence to and elegance to the use of such terms as acceptable and appropriate. Calling Bill Maher’s lack of character out in the basest of terms is only lacking in the sense that language falls somehow short in its ability to adequately communicate how vile he is.

  10. Frank

    April 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Bill Maher is a classic contrarian. He gets a kick out of disagreeing with people just for the sake of it. But, he’s a hypocrite. When it comes to global warming he is quick to praise scientists in order to support his position. But, when it comes to modern medicine he says that medical scientists are poisoning America. So, he’s basically an idiot not to realize such a glaring contradiction. People who use their mouths to come off as a tough guy have never impressed me much. But, I would assume his comments and Senator Diane Feinsteins recent comments in Senate gun control hearings regarding veterans are amazingly insulting to veterans, which I am not, btw. Where does this liberal fear of the military come from? Liberals talk of psychopathic ex-combat veterans with such nonchalance that its as if they are talking about the sky being blue. Amazing. I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist, but to hear comments like those and then see a liberal agenda that wants to disarm the citizenry and reduce the strength(threat to their agenda) of the military, I am more than a little interested in digging deeper. But, one good thing about liberals is that if you give them enough rope they will eventually hang themselves.

    • Maureen

      May 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      What a pathetic attempt at logic. Environmental scientists are not poisoning people with toxic medicines so there is no hypocrisy in acknowledging environmental disasters and opposing Big Pharma. That’s like calling someone a contrarian if they believe in physics but don’t believe in UFO’s – one does not contradict the other.

      Oh, and he’s right about the military. Many of them are just psychopaths – not all, but many. Blowing up kids in Afghanistan who did nothing wrong doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a murderer being manipulated by the government for oil. Truth hurts, doesn’t it?

  11. Lee

    April 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I understand that this isn’t politically/militarily motivated but nonetheless, the amount of douche lordship exhibited here might take a while to toppled. It does kinda have historical relevance…?


  12. Glenn

    April 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    It’s so sad that this guy has a platform for his weak nonsense. I mean his entire schtick is one cheap shot after another. What’s most galling is that apparently he just doesn’t care what our service men and women think feel think, they are disposable to him, he can just write you guys off as psychopaths.

    I have an idea? Why don’t all you psychopaths just leave the military and let Maher defen himself? Any thoughts on how quickly he’d lose control of his bladder when the shit hit? He should have to go spend a month on an forward position in Afghanistan, what do you think he’d say then?

  13. Maureen

    May 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    It’s hilarious how you loons think Bill is a psychopath. How many people has he killed? How many countries has he invaded? How many drone wars has he participated in? That’s right, none. Too bad you can’t say the same for the US military. You get paid to kill innocent people, yes that makes you a murderer, you are not defending anyone but a corrupt government hungry for oil. America wouldn’t have to worry about terrorism if our government didn’t constantly invade the middle east and kill their people. Newsflash: 9/11 was committed by Arabs, not Afghans, though most military personnel are probably too stupid to understand the difference.

    • Rob

      May 15, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Blah blah blah…go choke on a cock Maureen.

    • chaz

      November 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      When has (or you) but your ass on the line for others..

  14. Lew Levin

    May 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Bill Maher is a douche. When Hillary Clinton was seeking the nomination to run for president, Bill Clinton made similar remarks about Senator John McCain, implying that McCain was somehow “unbalanced” because of his war experience and couldn’t be trusted as president. This from a man who NEVER SERVED in the military. I agree with what a buddy of mine says about the sixties: “The best men of that generation died in Vietnam.” How true.
    So, lefties: Stop patting yourselves on the back for how noble you are; it’s the veterans who are the most heroic.

  15. Fred Gamber

    September 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I know I am really late to this party, however, having just found the site I would suggest that Bill Maher could be douchenozzle of the week just about every week.

    He can hardly open his mouth without saying something idiotic or reprehensible. He’s not funny, he’s not timely, and he’s not really been relevant with his observations for twenty years. Sadly some of the producers at HBO apparently have been fans for a long time which is why this hack has had a job after losing every other paying gig he’s ever had on air due to a lack of audience.

    Eventually even the people at HBO will realize there ratings drop when Maher’s on and move on to something more rewarding like reshowing old films from the 70s or 80s those films would at least have more relevance than Maher.

  16. Charles

    November 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I spot watching HBO until they cancel this Asshat…

Get notified of new Rhino Den articles and videos as they come out, Also, find out before anyone else about new product launches and huge discounts from RangerUp.com, the proud parent of the Rhino Den.

  • Videos (The Damn Few and more!)
  • Military-inspired articles
  • MMA (and Tim Kennedy) coverage
Close this window

Join the Rhino Den / Ranger Up Nation

Read previous post:
FREEDOM!!! Except here, here, and here.

  By Mr. Twisted   A discussion from Ranger Up’s Facebook page last weekend revolved around the question of which...