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Bill Maher has a message for everyone: Stop making a fuss every time someone says something you don't like, and stop apologizing if you're the one who made the comments in the first place.
The late-night comedian delivered that message on Wednesday in the form of a New York Times op-ed that name drops Hank Williams Jr., Rush Limbaugh, Robert DeNiro, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus and Kirk Cameron, among others.
"Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront," Maher writes. "Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize. If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth."
The HBO host continued his appeal to American readers, writing: "I don’t want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. That’s why we have Canada."
The late-night comedian has become the target of conservative outrage recently, with critics assailing him for calling Sarah Palin a "cunt," and calling on a pro-Obama super PAC to return his $1 million donation.