In case you missed it, Bill Maher gave Oprah Winfrey a big bah-humbug in a videotaped Christmas message posted on his website the other day. In what seems like cutting-room-floor material from Religulous, Maher takes the Queen of all Media to task for her epic giveaway show in which she gave studio audience members tons of expensive stuff — diamond earrings, iPads, and 2012 Volkswagen Beetles.
He seems to reserve a special ire for cashmere sweaters, which Oprah Claus also gave away. The takeaway message is, essentially, that Oprah is a hypocrite for, on the one hand, promoting spirituality on her show, but then on the other hand promoting materialism.
He says, "As for me, I don't really know what spirituality means, but I know if you're weeping over a sweater then you don't either." I guess Maher doesn't fear a Franzen-esque blacklisting, now that her show's over.