Search This Blog

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bill Maher Compares Trump To Norma Desmond

Bill Maher
Compares Trump
Aging Unstable Drama Queen Norma Desmond
‘Sunset Blvd.’ April 1, 2017
Comedian and TV host, author Bill Maher landed blows on  on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night, not just taking aim at Donald Trump, but also at his “enabling” peeps who surround him.

“Without his professional liars and deniers, there’s no Trump. It takes a village to help a man-child stay in power”
New Rule: Trump's Enablers

“If you get up every day and try to make Donald Trump’s ludicrous and dangerous pronouncements sound normal and sane, you are an enabler,” he said. 
“Twenty years from now when your kids ask you over a glass of soylent green ‘What did you do during the Trump years, Daddy?,’ you don’t want your answer to be My job was to go on TV and pretend Trump didn’t say whatever you just heard him say. That is an enabler and that word is not a compliment.”

Comparing Trump to “Sunset Boulevard’s” Norma Desmond and her sycophant man servant” Max as a great fictional enabler, Maher called the similarity especially timely.

“It’s about an aging unstable drama queen who is able to maintain a fantasy world because, even though Norma Desmond is pure, around the bend she’s bats–t nuts,” he said, as a classic scene of Norma descending a staircase played in the background.
Maher added, with the footage of Norma’s descent replaced with footage of Trump making his way down an escalator in Trump Tower.   “Like I say, timely,”
“In the plot, Norma Desmond is a faded movie queen, a silent film star of the 1920s, but now she hasn’t worked in 30 years but she still thinks she’s big because of Max. 
Max goes into the basement every night and writes fake fan letters to fool her into thinking people still love her. Is that really any different than [Devin Nunes] pretending to have intelligence that backs up what his mad boss tweeted at three in the morning?”

After jabs at those Maher calls Trump’s enablers – everyone from Sean Hannity to Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence – he said, “I’m sure last week when Trump’s health care bill went down in flames, he was surrounded by enablers who all nodded when he said, 
I’m still Bigly… it’s Congress that got small
Bill Maher Attacked the Worst of the Worst:
Trump's Enablers
"Professional liars and deniers."
* Elvis had his Memphis Mafia. 
* Michael Jackson had a doctor who never said, 'Gee, Mike, your nose just fell off again. Maybe cut back on the plastic surgery.'" * Donald Trump has minions like Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and Reince Priebus, who make a living telling everyone the insane bullshit that spews from Trump's mouth is actually a fountain of truth.

"He's just telling it like it is," they say. "He's a straight shooter." But Bill Maher called out Trump's enablers on Real Time Friday night, comparing Trump's minions to the character of Max from Sunset Boulevard, the loyal servant who enables and encourages Norma Desmond's delusions that she is still famous and adored when, in reality, she is a washed up has-been.
Maher noted that Sunset Boulevard is a particularly apt comparison because it is about an "aging, unstable drama queen who is able to maintain a fantasy world because... Norma Desmond is pure around-the-bend, batshit nuts... she has Max there, and he keeps the real world far out of sight."

Just look at the similarities:
And, like Norma's Max, Trump's enablers - his daughter, his son-in-law, his vice president, his staff - they are all feeding Trump's delusions that he is the greatest thing to ever happen to America and the most amazing, intelligent person to enter the Oval Office.
"I'm sure last week when Trump's healthcare bill went down in flames," Maher continued, "he was surrounded by enablers who all nodded when he said, 'I'm still big league. It's the Congress got small." 
The line, of course, echoes Sunset's Norma, who famously said, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
Sure, Trump. Whatever you say.
Norma Desmond - I am a Star
Final scene from the film noir Sunset Blvd.
Norma Desmond reveals to us, the people in the dark, a very big secret. VIDEO

As If We Never Said Goodbye - Royal Albert Hall
Sunset Boulevard
Glenn Close's performance from Sunset Boulevard at Andrew Lloyd Webber's Royal Albert Hall Celebration.
Maher added “Like I say, timely...

No comments: