HBO host Bill Maher on Friday said Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson was “excusing horrific behavior” in a speech he delivered following several shootings in Chicagoland last week and questioned why black celebrities with large fanbases do not have opinions on these issues.
“Most of the shootings [in Chicago] are young black men killing other young black men. Is that not correct?” Maher asked.
“Yeah that’s correct,” guest Glenn Loury responded.
“Okay, much more than what the cops do. Why doesn’t anybody talk about that? Why aren’t there a hundred giant black celebrities who would have the respect of those people saying what are you doing to yourselves? Why are you killing each other?” Maher asked.
“It dishonors our community. Come on, we’re better than this,” Loury said.
“Right,” Maher responded. “It’s never addressed.”