HBO’s “Real Time” host, Bill Maher, blogged earlier this week, and put to words what many pro-gay rights advocates have been hinting around at for years: history will be very unkind to bigotry. In the piece, he points out favorable polling numbers from both an ABC/Washington Post poll and an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, but also mentioned that roughly two-thirds of Republicans are still anti-equality in the NBC poll.
“It made me think about that new Jackie Robinson movie, “42.,” he wrote. It was the #1 movie in America last week and received a seldom-seen A+ CinemaScore from audiences. And I think I know why: Because nothing feels better than feeling morally superior to people in the past who are obviously wrong. In this case, racists. You get to congratulate yourself in hindsight. Of course you know baseball should be integrated. You’d never shout mean things at Jackie Robinson in 1947.”
Then he pivots to marriage equality: “Seventy years from now, they’re going to be making self-congratulatory movies about marriage equality, so we can hiss at the hateful idiots who were laughably wrong about that, too. I wonder how many of those 66% of Republicans went to see “42” and didn’t make the connection at all.”