Mayor Thomas M. Menino said on Thursday that comments made by HBO talk show host Bill Maher about the Boston Marathon bombings were “very irresponsible" according to WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
On the Friday broadcast of Maher's HBO show, the controversial host/comedian was speaking with guest Anthony Weiner when he brought up the moment when the Red Sox World Series victory parade stopped briefly for a somber ceremony to commemorate the Boston Marathon tragedy on the finish line.
"...It was again, a bad day, three people died, that's terrible," Maher said. "More were maimed, that's horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day, in car accidents and everything else. I mean, you city was not leveled by Godzilla."
The mayor responded to Maher's comments on Thursday.
“It’s very irresponsible,” Menino said. “It's an irresponsible statement and I think he should be taken to task for that.”
Menino invited Maher to come to Boston so he could get a better understanding of the meaning of “Boston Strong" according to the WBZ report.
“It's too bad a guy who wants to make a name for himself takes on, uses the marathon as a place to use that incident, Menino said. "It's very irresponsible... He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, come to Boston, visit Boston and see what a strong city we are.".
Menino said HBO is also irresponsible for airing the episode containing Maher's comments on Boston.
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