Last week, many rallied to stand with Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim-American student in Texas who was placed in handcuffs after teachers thought a homemade clock he brought to school looked like a bomb. Bill Maher, on the other hand, does not stand with him, citing a “lack of perspective” on the entire situation.
Maher discussed the topic during a Real Time with Bill Maher segment, which opened with a picture of Mohamed’s clock in its carrying case. “And the people at the school thought it might be a bomb, perhaps because it looks exactly like a f—king bomb,” he said.
Joining him were panelists Jorge Ramos, Chris Matthews, Mark Cuban, and former New York Gov. George Pataki, most of whom sided with Maher’s perspective. “Look, this kid deserves an apology — no doubt about it,” Maher continued. “They were wrong. But can we have a little perspective about this? Did the teacher really do a wrong thing?”
Later on, he further defended the teacher for taking action. “It’s not the color of his skin. Excuse me, somebody look me in the eye right here 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 a lot of s—t up around the world. And this guy, this kid deserves an apology, because he wasn’t one of them… For the last 30 years, it’s been one culture that has been been blowing s—t up over and over again.”
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Mohamed received an outpouring of support online in the days after the incident, with many using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. President Barack Obama was among the public figures who tweeted his support.
“He’s a great kid. No one’s doubting that,” Maher said. “I’m just asking about perspective.”