Bill Maher was on Larry King Live on Wednesday night to talk about his new show, the impending war in Iraq, and Michael Jackson. Maher is in support of Jacko saying, “I personally don’t think Michael Jackson is doing that with the kids and there’s no proof of it. Yes, he was sued once, but he’s an obvious target for extortion. And I just think he’s a guy — yes, he’s not like the other boys. OK.” Read on for the transcript pertaining to Michael.
What do you make of the Michael Jackson hullabaloo?
MAHER: Well, I defended Michael Jackson several times. I think this country with Michael Jackson uses him as kind of a scapegoat because we are a youth-crazy country.
KING: You don’t think sleeping with young children is…
MAHER: Well, I wouldn’t…
KING: You don’t like anybody under the age of 21, do you?
MAHER: I don’t like anyone under the age of 21?
KING: Children, you don’t like children. MAHER: I don’t like children, but there are a couple of people under 21 I like.
KING: Never mind.
MAHER: But it is a youth-crazy country. And I think Michael Jackson somehow is the guy who gets blamed for it when we have a much bigger problem.
Yes, there’s a pedophilia problem and part of it is because parents let their 13-year-old daughters leave the house with jeans that are about an inch above the promised land and shirts that say “Porn Star” and “Slut”. And we have all this lip service about leave no child behind and everything is for the children.
But you notice that when we need one for advertising or for modeling or for a movie, snatch them up and throw them into the volcano.
KING: But Michael Jackson lets himself be used by doing these things. Doesn’t he?
MAHER: I personally don’t think Michael Jackson is doing that with the kids and there’s no proof of it. Yes, he was sued once, but he’s an obvious target for extortion.
And I just think he’s a guy — yes, he’s not like the other boys. OK. He sounds like Anna Nicole Smith and he looks like the corpse of Jackie O. I mean, he’s not a normal guy, we get that.
But to take that leap to — I wouldn’t recommend sleeping with kids. That probably is something that shouldn’t go on between an adult and a kid. But to lay it all on Michael Jackson, I don’t know. It says more about us than I think it says about Michael Jackson. He doesn’t spend his time watching ten hours of Michael Jackson footage every week, or maybe he does.