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Bill Maher to Oprah: Enough With the Materialism

He sees her 'Favorite Things' episodes as a sign of what's wrong with America
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2010 8:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Bill Maher has a special Christmas message for Oprah Winfrey: Tell your “worshiping flock to sit down and stop losing your s**t over material stuff.” In a video on his website, the Real Time host called Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” episode “one of the most deeply disturbing things I’ve ever seen on television,” Mediaite reports. Maher then showed clips of Winfrey’s audience losing it over all their free gifts, interspersed with clips of swooning religious zealots.

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“This is our real religion: greed. People pretend to go nuts for Jesus, but … those people at Oprah really are coming in their pants over getting 3D television sets,” Maher says. “This is why everything in America gets sucked down a hole. Because what people really value is acquiring crap. Oprah’s show purports to be a lot about spirituality … I don’t really know what spirituality means, but I know if you’re weeping over a sweater you don’t either.” (Click to watch an awesome remix of one of Winfrey's audience freakouts.)

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