So, these are the Dukes of JMU?
As an alumna of James Madison University, let me just say: Go fuck yourself, JMU.
One of your students was sexually assaulted by 3 male students while she was blackout drunk, they videotaped and distributed it, and their punishment was “expulsion after graduation.” EXPULSION AFTER GRADUATION. I’m pretty sure that’s just called “GRADUATION”. The victim, on the other hand, has lost her financial aid, and had to withdraw from the university as a result of the ordeal and pressing charges.
Not only is this a gross mishandling of a severely fucked up situation, it lays the groundwork for a campus culture where women don’t speak out, and sexual predators get to do whatever they want. As the victim herself said: "What is a girl going to think that I had video proof and I still have to see these boys on campus? How would she ever feel comfortable coming forward?"
I am disgusted.
And, I am a successful working comedian and comedy writer. I have written for several TV shows, I appear on TV pretty regularly, and I write for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s website, Funny Or Die - cool, huh? I plan to do a lot more over the next few years. I’m not trying to brag, I just want to point all that before I mention that I will never, EVER, give you money, mention you in my biography, acknowledge you in any way, or visit your campus again.
JMU, you should be ashamed of yourself. I’m totally ashamed of you.
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Why I love Judd Apatow.
I’m taking a break from internet reading and stomach turning, to create something. I mean, besides the somethings I have to create for my job - which I also love - but come from a different place in my brain.
I love Judd Apatow. I don’t always love his movies. They always have a specific and strong point of view and sometimes that point of view - which is great - but sometimes it’s SO FAR from my own that I immediately want to take a nap. (Watching a bunch of bros giggle about how ridiculous it would be to suck a dick is like ambien to me.) But he tells stories that are interesting and authentic to him, and he does it well.
I have often heard Apatow criticized for not telling stories about women - for not having more substantial female leads or even supporting characters that would carry his films past the Bechdel test. But what does Judd Apatow know about being a woman? As much as he knows about being a turtle, because he’s never been either. It’s not up to him - or any man - to tell our stories, it’s up to us.
Instead of telling an inauthentic story about the imaginary experience of being a woman, Judd Apatow creates opportunities for WOMEN to do it themselves. He produced HBO’s Girls, Bridesmaids, and he’s now producing and directing Amy Schumer’s movie, “Trainwreck”. Those three projects are more important for women in the media than any “more substantial” role in one of his bro comedies could ever be.
It’s ineffective to tell straight white men that they have to address every life experience. Instead, we just need them to make room for us to tell our own - be it stories of women, people of color, gay people, trans people, or of gay trans black women. People give jobs and opportunities to their friends - which has made it very hard for women to crack into a lot of industries. So it’s really heartening to see a powerful man be a real pal.
Now, back to the comedy skitches…
Please Watch Eliza Skinner Do Stand Up on The Pete Holmes Show
Really, she’s a name you should already know or commit to memory for how unbelievably talented and funny she is. Watch her set here.