Bill Maher has ripped the medical industry over its handling of the pandemic, arguing that a lot of COVID-19 misinformation has actually come from those who represent “the science.”
“The same people, who in private care, always say ‘get a second opinion’ want to only allow one in the public debate,” Maher said on Friday’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
“The medical-industrial complex has not earned the right to claim monopoly status on information about this virus or medicine in general. Yes, free speech has allowed people to hear misinformation sometimes — and a lot of it was yours.”
The 65-year-old comedian railed against the medical industry as he insisted it was time for the US to go back to living normally because there’ll always be another COVID-19 variant.
Maher pointed to a study last week from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics that found lockdowns had “little to no effect” on saving lives during the pandemic.
“I’m not saying the medical establishment isn’t trying to figure s–t out … But how about just wrong. Wrong a lot,” he said.
“Wrong about lockdowns, wrong about kids, wrong about ‘You couldn’t get it if you were vaccinated.’ Remember washing our packages?
“I’m just asking, how much wrong do you get to be while still holding the default setting for people who represent the science?”
The comedian said it was time to follow the lead of other countries in returning to normal — and the first step was to recognize “what we’re doing to kids is unnecessary and horrible — and I don’t even like kids.”
“Making kids, who have a COVID survivability rate of 99.98%, mask up like bandits — unfortunately the thing that is getting stolen is their education, their sanity and their social skills,” he said.
Maher argued that everyone knows by now who is most at risk of dying from COVID-19 — the elderly, unvaccinated and those with pre-existing health conditions like obesity.
“If you’re obese and unvaccinated, or 85 and still crowdsurfing at music festivals — yes, this will likely go bad for you,” Maher said.
“But at some point, that has to stop being my responsibility. Doesn’t it make more sense to focus on helping the vulnerable stay safe and let the rest of us go back to living normal lives?”