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Bill Maher Makes Fun of Molly Ringwald for Criticizing John Hughes: ‘Should We Dig Him Up and Yell at Him?’ — Watch

He has thoughts on Apu and "The Simpsons" as well, because of course he does.

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It may come as a surprise, but Bill Maher has another strong opinion and isn’t afraid of expressing it. In his latest “New Rule” segment, the “Real Time” host posited that we’d all be better off if we quit reevaluating pop culture through a contemporary lens — or, in his words, “stop being surprised every time you watch an old movie or TV show and find some of the ideas in it are old.”

Maher’s thoughts were prompted by both Molly Ringwald’s article in the New Yorker revisiting the films she made with John Hughes and the ongoing debate about Apu and “The Simpsons.” He noted that Ringwald found such movies as “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” “troubling in the age of #MeToo” and was “was taken aback ‘by the scope of the ugliness.'” “Oh please,” he said. “They were teen comedies, not snuff films.”

“Should we dig [Hughes] up and yell at him?” Maher continued. “You can’t blame someone for not being ‘woke’ 30 years before ‘woke’ was a thing.”

He then turned to the issue of Apu, saying we should heeds Lisa Simpson’s words of wisdom: “‘Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?’ Exactly! What can you do?” Maher said. Watch the full segment below.

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