Bill Maher is defending Armie Hammer.
The host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher spoke out in defense of the Call Me By Your Name actor amid allegations of emotional and physical abuse by a number of women, which has already led to him being dropped by his agents and publicist.
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“I think we can talk about this in relation to where feminism is, because apparently, Armie Hammer has a predilection to tell his dates he wants to ‘eat’ them. And who wouldn’t want to be eaten by Armie Hammer? Come on,” he said.
“Apparently this is something called ‘ethical human cannibal fetishism.’ No actual women were eaten in the making of this movie. They were just talking. They have his texts, where he was saying things like, ‘I want to take your rib out and boil it with barbecue sauce.’ We’re in such a porn-centric society—people have been watching really hardcore porn for so long that ‘spank you’ doesn’t really cut it anymore,” he continued.
“My point is that the women who are objecting to this now, who went out with Armie Hammer—willingly—and stayed in—willingly—and there wasn’t physical bad stuff happening, OK… we can all agree that’s intolerable—but if there wasn’t any physical coercion, why isn’t this just filed under, ‘That seemed like a good idea at the time—to let Armie Hammer eat me—but it really wasn’t.’ It seems like we don’t have any ownership anymore of our own choices,” he went on to say.
When one of the guests, TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter, said that “there was some physical stuff” and “some of the women have alleged that there was sort of some slapping around. One woman said he carved his initials into her body,” he replied: “Did he tie her down and do that? I don’t think so.”
“I think he is exactly the guy in the book Fifty Shades of Grey, which was the most popular book ever, I think, with women… He’s this rich, handsome, movie star guy, and he’s got a kink…if you’re gonna swim with the alpha sharks, it’s not gonna come out well in the end. Shouldn’t you know that? I mean, is it really that hard to figure out without the law getting involved?” he went on to say.
A new profile also revealed something about Armie Hammer‘s box office draw.
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