When Irin Carmon at Jezebel wrote a piece a couple of weeks ago alleging that The Daily Show is sexist, mostly based on their hiring of Olivia Munn (who is very — suspiciously — pretty) and the grievances of a few fired former staffers, we kind of thought it was weird, insofar as we thought about it at all, because frankly between our high-powered career and Pilates and worrying about our wombs and cooking and perfecting the 30-minute meal and the blow job, we frankly do not have the time in our day to get worked up about how hard it is to Be A Woman. In fact, that is something we only think about like once a month, when the office bathroom is out of tampons. Leave it to the people who enjoy shrill, circular discussions, we said to ourselves. They'll sort it out. Soon enough, dissent rose from the feminist blogosphere like a chorus of vuvuzelas. Now, the female staff of The Daily Show (and guess what, there are loads of them) have responded.
In addition to some funny lines, ("What is Jon Stewart really like? 'Well, for a sexist prick, he can be quite charming.' And: "PPS. Thanks to the male writers who penned this for us.") They sign off with this punch in the boobs:
While it may cause a big stir to seize on the bitter rantings of ex-employees and ignore what current staff say about working at The Daily Show, it's not fair. It's not fair to us, it's not fair to Jon, it's not fair to our wonderful male colleagues, and it's especially not fair to the young women who want to have a career in comedy but are scared they may get swallowed up in what people label as a "boy's club." The truth is, when it comes down to it, The Daily Show isn't a boy's club or a girl's club, it's a family - a highly functioning if sometimes dysfunctional family. And we're not thinking about how to maximize our gender roles in the workplace on a daily basis. We're thinking about how to punch up a joke about Glenn Beck's latest diatribe, where to find a Michael Steele puppet on an hour's notice, which chocolate looks most like an oil spill, and how to get a gospel choir to sing the immortal words, "Go f@#k yourself!"
Now that is a good way to spend your day.
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