Invoice Maher is poking enjoyable on the picture of former Sen. Al Franken groping a radio host in 2006 — by recreating it himself.
The comic made gentle of an accusation of sexual harassment towards the “Saturday Evening Stay” alum and ex-politician by importing a picture of himself showing to grope Bob Saget in virtually the identical precise method Franken was photographed inserting his arms over Leeann Tweeden’s breast.
“These New Years Hawaii journeys are getting bizarre — Saget, forgive me!” Maher wrote on Twitter, together with a picture of him holding his arms out over Saget’s chest whereas he was asleep.
A lot of Maher’s followers discovered the humor in his recreation to the notorious Franken picture, however a number of have been offended by the comic’s insensitivity to victims of sexual harassment.
“Jokes about sexual misconduct are: straightforward, not humorous, offensive,” one consumer responded.
One other replied: “That is not even humorous. Get a brand new job.”
One other commenter addressed the truth that Franken formally resigned simply days earlier on Jan. 2.
“Beginning off the brand new yr in an particularly offensive and insensitive method, aren’t we Invoice?” the consumer wrote. “Al simply left a pair days in the past.”
After Tweeden accused the Minnesota senator of kissing and groping her throughout a 2006 USO tour that traveled by way of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Franken introduced on Dec. 7 that he can be stepping down within the “coming weeks.”
Within the weeks after Tweeden got here ahead, seven different girls went public with claims that Franken groped them or tried to kiss them with out their consent in a handful of incidents courting again to 2003.
The 66-year-old defended himself amid the allegations, noting he remembers some issues in another way and a few are “merely not true.”
“I of all folks am conscious that there’s some irony in the truth that I’m leaving whereas a person who has bragged on tape about his historical past of sexual assault sits within the Oval Workplace,” he mentioned on the time.
“This choice isn’t about me,” Franken mentioned whereas saying his resignation. “It’s in regards to the folks of Minnesota.”