I went to see John Oliver perform tonight. He asked us if we knew what Slash fiction was, and the audience went silent… except for me, who started laughing the second he mentioned it. He looked me dead in the eyes and said, “See. She knows. The rest of you are in for a surprise.”
Then he went into detail about a slash someone had written about him, Colbert and Stewart involving him as a butler (which he considered a bit racist). Apparently, he couldn’t look Stewart in the eye for the rest of the day.
Obama, you don’t have to give us the spiel. Literally everybody who watches Jon is gonna vote for you.
I just haven’t been watching TDS lately, I guess.
The only musical guest I remember ever seeing was Springsteen, and that was a special case.
Jon, this isn’t… no…
Or you could watch it and judge for yourself without it being filtered by the perceptions of others (of how ever many sides to this issue).
Tbh, I don’t really care to hear Jon and Louis C.K.’s thoughts on an issue that should be about them listening rather than talking — and I’m sure it’ll pop up on my dash in no less than 24 hours as a gifset, anyway.
The point of that post was mainly to react to the perceptions of others that I was seeing around Tumblr.
So this episode of The Daily Show is something I probably shouldn’t watch, huh?
Actually, no, from what I’m hearing, it sounds like Louis C.K. is just a white dude (who, let’s face it, already has a history of making jokes with misogynistic undertones) who doesn’t understand privilege, and Jon Stewart didn’t want to take a hit at a guy who shares his same network.
I can understand that. I don’t like it, but I can understand it.
What really bothers me is how gleefully the pro-rape-joke crowd is glomming onto this as “justification.” And the sheer amount of vitriol with which they do it. What I’m seeing from so many people isn’t just, “Well, I think everything has to be fair game for comedy, and the comedians have their work cut out for them if they try not to offend anybody,” etc. Instead, it’s “Fuck that stupid whiny bitch and her hateful feminist cronies.” It’s that level of venom.
And it’s just — there’s so much sexism evident even in the way people get defensive of their favorite comedians. It’s not just, “I disagree with you,” but it’s “You’re a stupid cunt.”
Stupid, whiny, cunt, bitch — all these words come into play when it’s an issue of a woman who stood up and made a strong, controversial point against a man. Even though the issue at hand is, for the most part, a women’s issue.
And actually, when I watch other comedians and they’re making these stereotypical jokes about women — what they think we want, what we do during sex, stupid things we do — I don’t find that funny, because it’s not real. It doesn’t reflect any true experience. It’s just inaccurate. I think comedians should strive for truth in their jokes, and jokes that are based on an inaccurate perception of a given issue — they might be funny to half of the audience, but the other half is just saying, “Actually, that’s not even right.”
And when half your audience is telling you that your perception of the subject matter is inaccurate, that you’ve portrayed it wrong — you should listen to them. And if part of your audience is still laughing with you, it doesn’t mean you’re not wrong. It just means that the rest of your audience has an inaccurate perception, too. And maybe you shouldn’t make the decision to keep living with that ignorance.