According to the pompous Real Time host, the glut of Marvel and DC superhero television shows and movies is responsible for ruining the country and getting President Donald Trump elected. SAY WHAT?!
Bill Maher, during Friday's episode of his HBO television series, argued that Hollywood ruined America "by making everything about superheroes" and fooling people into believing that one person can save the world. He then explained his argument, which involved reimagining Trump as superhero named 'Orange Sphincter,' after listing off the numerous comic book-based television shows currently on the air and scheduled to air next season, as well as comic book movies recently-released and on the horizon.
"If you’re asking, what’s the problem? The problem is that superhero movies imprint this mindset that we are not masters of our own destiny, and the best we can do is sit back and wait for Star-Lord and a f—ing raccoon to sweep in and save our sorry asses," Maher said (via EW). "Forget hard work, government institutions, diplomacy, investment. We just need a hero to rise, and so we put out the Bat Signal for one man who could step in and solve all of our problems very quickly. And that’s how we got our latest superhero: Orange Sphincter."
"Yes! Orange Sphincter, sent from planet A--hole to save mankind, protected by his power smirk and his golden helmet," he cracked, "joined by faithful allies Boy Wonder [Paul Ryan] and Stingy Mutant Turtle [Mitch McConnell] and his Alfred, Captain Buzzkill [Vice President Mike Pence]. Orange Sphincter never stops battling his arch-nemesis Crooked Hillary [Clinton] and her sidekick Private Server."
"Like Batman, Orange Sphincter is a billionaire socialite from Gotham," he continued. "Like Superman, he has a red cape, but wears it in the front. Like Aquaman, he can communicate with whales [New Jersey Governor Chris Christie]. And like Spider-Man, he has a Spidey sense that allows him to see things other people cannot." He then plays a clip of Trump exaggerating about the size of his inauguration crowd.
In conclusion, Maher feels as though Trump's loyal supporters bought into the idea that one man alone could fix all that ills of the world because they believed he is like a superhero that possesses a super-duper brain (HA!) and deal-making skills.