Curmudgeonly Bill Maher, of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is famously anti-children. He’s been biased against everyone under the age of 18 for years. In fact, he seems to have extended the hostility towards college kids as well. But, there doesn’t seem to be any logical explanation for his humorous stance on kids.
Maher’s reasons for hating children have always seemed simplistic. On the March 18 episode of his show, he blamed the self-esteem movement for all the bratty kids he encounters. He said children who have been raised by helicopter parents to have excessively high self-esteem levels are going to grow up to be just like Donald Trump (this was not a compliment). The segment on self-esteem and kids can be found on YouTube and is called, “Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – The Self-Esteem Movement.”
When Maher gets on a plane and a child starts kicking the back of his seat, the parents of the child will say things like, “Little Logan is just exploring.” Maher’s response is, “No, little Logan is being a d****, and if you won’t shove him in the overhead bin then I will.”
There is a famous line from “Hamlet” that goes, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Does Maher disavow kids so vehemently that his declarations are now unbelievable? In fact, is it possible that he secretly loves kids? When he’s on a plane and becomes annoyed that someone’s little Logan is kicking the back of his seat, could it be that he’s actually jealous of the parents? Is the kicking just a cruel reminder that he doesn’t have a little Logan of his own?
An article from Live Science entitled “No Kids? Men More Depressed About It,” presents some interesting data suggesting that childless men generally feel more depressed than women. A British survey showed that a population of childless men (59% of whom wanted kids), claimed “they experienced isolation because they weren’t parents.” What’s interesting is that only a quarter of childless women felt the same way, even though 63% of them wanted kids.
This line from the article states there are repercussions for men that extend way beyond simply feeling isolated:
Compared with women, these men also were more likely to feel jealous of other parents and sad, angry, and depressed over not having kids.
Now that Maher is in his 60th year, it may be that he’s starting to feel isolated, jealous, sad, angry, and depressed, because he doesn’t have any children to call his own.