BOSTON (WHDH) — Less than two weeks after the Red Sox touching tribute at the Boston Marathon finish line HBO talk show host Bill Maher is downplaying the importance of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“You know, it was, again, a bad day. Three people died, that’s terrible, more were maimed, that’s horrible, but unfortunately, that happens every day in car accidents and everything else. I mean, your city was not leveled by Godzilla,” Maher said.
The team took time out of their World Series celebration parade to honor the victims of the bombing, and now fans are upset that Maher made light of the events.
“He’s clearly not a Bostonian. He doesn’t understand that living here you develop a certain pride for your counterparts in this city and people in the United States in general. If you live around here and you walk across the finish line and were able to see that trophy placed on there you can’t help but get chills. I would have not nice things to say to that gentleman even though he’s well educated,” Toby Cohen said,
Others are upset that Maher, a New York resident, criticized Boston’s grieving process.
“I don’t want to insult New Yorkers, I understand where they’re coming from because they suffered a personal tragedy themselves. Everyone recovers and grieves differently. Criticizing someone for going through their grieving process and coming out feeling stronger from it is a little bit insensitive,” Andrea Schlageter said,
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner appeared on Maher’s show Thursday night when he scolded the host for taking exception the nice moment.