Bill Maher is poking fun at the photo of former Sen. Al Franken groping a radio host in 2006 — by recreating it himself.
The comedian made light of an accusation of sexual harassment against the “Saturday Night Live” alum and ex-politician by uploading an image of himself appearing to grope Bob Saget in almost the same exact manner Franken was photographed placing his hands over Leeann Tweeden’s breast.
“These New Years Hawaii trips are getting weird — Saget, forgive me!” Maher wrote on Twitter, along with an image of him holding his hands out over Saget’s chest while he was asleep.
Many of Maher’s fans found the humor in his recreation to the infamous Franken image, but several were offended by the comedian’s insensitivity to victims of sexual harassment.
“Jokes about sexual misconduct are: easy, not funny, offensive,” one user responded.
Another replied: “That’s not even funny. Get a new job.”
Another commenter addressed the fact that Franken officially resigned just days earlier on Jan. 2.
In a photo that has gone viral across the web, Radio personality Leeann Tweeden tweeted this photo of Sen. Al Franken groping her while she was asleep on a trip back from Afghanistan.
(Leeann Tweeden via Twitter)
“Starting off the new year in an especially offensive and insensitive way, aren’t we Bill?” the user wrote. “Al just left a couple days ago.”
After Tweeden accused the Minnesota senator of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour that traveled through Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Franken announced on Dec. 7 that he would be stepping down in the “coming weeks.”
In the weeks after Tweeden came forward, seven other women went public with claims that Franken groped them or tried to kiss them without their consent in a handful of incidents dating back to 2003.
The 66-year-old defended himself amid the allegations, noting he remembers some things differently and some are “simply not true.”
“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” he said at the time.
“This decision is not about me,” Franken said while announcing his resignation. “It is about the people of Minnesota.”