(LOS ANGELES) — A tweet from liberal commentator Bill Maher has incurred the wrath of conservatives across the U.S., who are now calling for a boycott of his HBO series after Maher slammed Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Maher, after the Broncos lost 40-14 to the Buffalo Bills Saturday, tweeted, “Wow, Jesus just f***ed #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’”
Tebow, who has left sports fans in awe of his prowess on the football field, is known to be devoutly religious, and has popularized the term “tebowing” – as in getting down on a knee and praying as events, such as a football game, still unfold around you.
The comment by Maher, who is an atheist and took world religions to task in his 2008 documentary Religulous, led to some colorful backlash, notable from Fox News’ Eric Bolling: “Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash. I can’t even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow..on Christmas Eve. #straighttohellBill,” a tweet from Bolling read.
Meanwhile, a movement to boycott Maher’s HBO current events show Real Time with Bill Maher is developing across Twitter. The comedian has yet to comment on the controversy.
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