Smarmy political pundit Bill Maher is really upset with SOPA, but not because of the dire ramifications it would have on free speech or the unbridled power it gives the government. He’s pissed about all the money his Religulous film allegedly lost to piracy, despite generating over $20 million in box office and DVD sales.
That puts it at #12 on a list of the highest grossing documentaries of all time. But what is most offensive about Maher’s show of support for SOPA, is that he didn’t even bother to read the legislation, a criticism the comedian typically levies against the politicians he so often rants about. His exact words:
“Now I know that they’re saying that apparently this bill would somehow infringe on free speech. I haven’t read the bill, I don’t know, I don’t know if anybody who has even read the bill can predict that, but it seems like it might be a red herring, because people just want to steal.”
Wow. UPDATE: We started a petition asking Bill Maher (or one of his interns) to read SOPA!