Bill Maher hits Berkeley over Ann Coulter speech flap
Bill Maher blasted the University of California-Berkeley on Friday as “the cradle for [expletive] babies” after the school rescinded an invitation to conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
The left-leaning host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” unleashed on the institution during Friday’s broadcast after Berkeley had disinvited, then reinvited Ms. Coulter over fears that a speaking engagement would attract protesters.
“Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech,” said Mr. Maher. “And now it’s just the cradle for [expletive] babies.”
“They invite someone to speak who’s not exactly what liberals want to hear and they want to shutter it,” he said. “I feel like this is the liberal’s version of book burning. And it’s got to stop.”
Ms. Coulter had been slated to speak at Berkeley on April 27, but the event was canceled Wednesday due to supposed safety concerns.
The school had a change of heart and said Thursday the event has been rescheduled for May 2, though Ms. Coulter has indicated she intends to speak on the original date as planned.