Speaking recently to ABC News, Bill Maher said that his calling former half term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin the "c-word" was not the same as Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Maher said: “To compare that to Rush is ridiculous – he went after a civilian about very specific behavior, that was a lie, speaking for a party that has systematically gone after women’s rights all year, on the public airwaves. I used a rude word about a public figure who gives as good as she gets, who’s called people ‘terrorist’ and ‘unAmerican.’ Sarah Barracuda.”
The comedian/HBO host also said that calling Palin the “c-word" was “one of the biggest laughs in [his] act” and that “not one person ever registered disapproval."
Maher said: “[I]t was a routine where that word came in at just the right moment. Context is very important, and it’s also important to remember that stand-up comedy is the final frontier of free speech."