Bill Maher Blasts Dwayne Johnson, Matthew McConaughey for Political Ambitions

by Jonathan Howard

Usually brash and bold with his opinions, Bill Maher recently let it rip about Dwayne Johnson, Matthew McConaughey, and other celebrities.

Maher trafficks in politics. That is how he has made a living and a name for himself. As a late-night host, the comedian has never felt the need to pull punches. It doesn’t appear that he is discriminating along party lines either. However, he is drawing the line somewhere.

The late-night talk show host is asking for celebrities to keep out of politics as far as running for office is concerned. He didn’t single out any one celebrity, but he did give a list of folks that he considered to be included in the group he was talking about.

Of course, Dwayne Johnson and Matthew McConaughey have been the biggest names named lately. With how big they are in Hollywood and around the country, they do have personalities and an image to uphold. Politics is not a forgiving profession.

Bill Maher just wants an explanation about why these stars are being named for office. “Someone must explain why celebrities running for office is a recurring nightmare we cannot seem to shake. The Rock, Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Randy Quaid. They all have suggested lately that when it comes to running the country, they have what it takes. And they do, malignant narcissism.”

Then he turned his attention towards fans.

Bill Maher Says Fans Partly to Blame for Celebrity Politicians

While Maher let those celebrities have it, he isn’t limiting his criticism to the big names completely. No, he decided to also include fans. For him, if the fans themselves weren’t the ones that were asking for these celebrities to run for office they wouldn’t even be thinking about it.

“Let me put it bluntly to you and all of these show biz candidates. You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, and, dog on it, it completely doesn’t matter that people like you. They like you now because you’re an entertainer and thus largely uncontroversial. Governing is the opposite. If you think you can unite the country, you’re delusional.”

Bill Maher is not one to mince words and he definitely didn’t on this subject.

Political Office is ‘Different, Nuanced Job’

To sum things up, Maher went further in his analysis. He talked about the traits that he believes someone should have if they are going to run for office. It isn’t just a popularity contest. There is a job behind it after all.

“Governing is a difficult, nuanced job with people’s livelihoods at stake. Perhaps you’ve noticed that things in America are a little different these last five months. That’s because there are people in charge who spent their formative years, not on a sound stage but studying the stuff you need to know to be effective on the world stage.”

Bill Maher has high standards for those that run for office. One thing is certain, he wants Hollywood to stay out of the situation.