Bill Maher Lambastes 'Gentle Parenting' to Mark Father's Day

The 'Real Time with Bill Maher' host didn't hold back as he criticizes the overindulgent parenting practices while calling for the return of strong, traditional male role models.

AceShowbiz - If you really want to give your father something he'll treasure forever, comedian Bill Maher says, give him permission to be a dad like dads used to be. In his recent "New Rules" segment on "Real Time with Bill Maher," the host denounced "gentle parenting" and suggested a shift back to a more traditional approach to childrearing.

Maher, who is childless himself, wasted no time addressing potential criticisms of his parental advice. "Yeah, I don't give blowjobs either, but I can tell when someone is doing it wrong," he remarked, setting his audience up for a diatribe against what he views as overindulgent parenting practices.

He called out modern parents for kowtowing to their children's whims, likening their behavior to "congressmen groveling before Trump." Maher isn't a newcomer to this debate; he pointed out that discussions around parenting styles like "trophy syndrome," "helicopter parenting," and "bulldozer parenting" have been ongoing since the early 1990s.

"Now we have Gentle Parenting - or as it used to be known, 'negotiating with terrorists,' " Maher quipped. He argued that gentle parenting is misguided because it suggests treating children the same way adults would like to be treated. Maher emphasized that children require discipline and structure to prepare for a world that doesn't revolve around them.

He used compelling statistics to bolster his argument, noting that the average high schooler today has the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient from the early 1950s. "Almost 10% of college students claim to have PTSD," Maher stated incredulously. "You're not supposed to get PTSD in college. You're supposed to get an STD!"

Maher called for a revival of the "trad dad," a father who isn't afraid to set boundaries and enforce rules. "Trad dads don't negotiate," Maher said, running through a list of classic dad catchphrases like, "You will apologize to your mother" and "Don't make me turn this car around."

He pointed to the popularity of figures like Andrew Tate, a controversial influencer among young men, as a symptom of the absence of strong, traditional male role models. "Andrew Tate is a man who answers the question, 'what if Axe Body Spray could talk?' " Maher joked, highlighting the perils of leaving a vacuum where traditional father figures once stood.

Concluding with a call to action for this Father's Day, Maher urged, "let's give dear old Dad the gift of being dear old Dad. And also, shut up, he's trying to watch the game."

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