You know who’s funny…
I do a bad job of representing myself on here. I’m a mostly positive, optimistic, nice dude who loves adverbs, but I sure write a lot about who I want to fight. Yall probably know about that Adam Carolla thing by now. I am pretty sure he’d whoop my ass despite being like 50 and stupid, but on some Fingolfin shit, he’s a super dick head I’d still do it.
Once his dumbness started setting the internet war beacons ablaze, people went wild getting at him. I feel that and think it’s great. That kinda shit shouldn’t sneak by without getting called out, often and loudly. People who I’d say have their head on straight - like Neal Brennan - thought the backlash was a bit much, but I (and this dude probably) disagree. It got to a point pretty quick though where I thought the response was circling back to being dumb again. Maybe even a little condescending.
It’s cool to attack the substance of his argument and reveal it for what it is: prejudice, ignorance, and hate. But once people started just posting/tweeting lists of women they find funny or how they know so many funny women, I was like come on kid. Quit playin. You don’t win a fight about stereotypes by pointing to a grip of individuals or anecdotal experience. He’s saying women aren’t funny and your response is “these specific women are funny?” It’s a bad look. And I don’t think funny women want or need us singling them out to say how they are ACTUALLY FUNNY! in that context, for good reason. Maybe they don’t want to be made into an exhibit or standard-bearer for the concept of funny women. Maybe they feel arguing the point in that way gives it validity. But they probably agree with me that just saying their name is a shitty argument.
What if someone said black people are thieves (I know this will never ever happen, but just go with me). Would you say “nuh uh man, I know Mike and Derek and they ain’t thieves!” or “Naw, I know so many black people who aren’t thieves.” Doesn’t that seem like a useless and weirdly offensive stance to take? You aren’t debunking the bullshit, just saying that its scope might be somewhat limited. And you’re leaving yourself open to a bunch of canned responses: Of course I didn’t mean every black person steals/woman isn’t funny, I just meant there’s a thing in their genes/upbringing/fast twitch muscle fibers that predisposes them to holding my wallet/not having jokes. Those are the exceptions. To me, none of those women are funny. (I just wanted buzz for my book release cause I want to build a new hot rod [or whatever the fuck Adam does].)
The things he said are plain wrong, and we shouldn’t resort to listing some stand up comedians or actresses to prove that because A) it doesn’t B) it’s a very shallow argument. Cool it, you ain’t gotta give anybody a shout out. Women work + are funny in every medium including Adam Carolla’s own fucking shows. They’re everywhere, from writing to producing to acting to what the fuck ever. Whatever. What ever. Everywhere. They’re everywhere!! All women everything.
I mean, if he really believes that mess he talked, it’s obviously because he hasn’t checked out the awesome web series Burning Love. That show depends on women being funny! Women like Erica Oyama, June Diane Raphael, Janet Varney, Malin Akerman, Beth Dover, Natasha Leggero, Deanna Russo, Helen Slayton-Hughes, Morgan Walsh, Kristen Bell, Noureen DeWulf…