Episode 026 with Eliza Skinner, “Model Students”
Eliza and I watch the one where Zack secretly takes pictures of the girls on the swim team, and some adult photographer finds out about it and just walks into Bayside to also take their pictures, no questions asked.
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Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Adds Eliza Skinner as Staff Writer
Secondly, congratulations to Totally Biased having one hell of a writing staff with Hari Kondabolu, Kevin Avery, Dwayne Kennedy, Guy Branum, Aparna Nancherla, Kevin Kataoka, Janine Brito, and now Eliza.
Basically, you should all be excited for Totally Biased expanding to several days a week soon.
What he said.
There has been a lot of back and forth this week, about male comics and rape jokes. Specifically one (pretty green, it seems) comic’s rape jokes.
I got mad - not about the things this guy said, but the blind agressive defense of his “right” to say them when a journalist brought up how they made her feel as a female audience member. The battle against free speech is not going to start in a comedy club - no one is saying anyone’s rights should be taken away. But we get to have OPINIONS on those jokes. And these dudes have to suck it up and deal with it when our opinion is “yuck.”
And then I got tired, and I wrote this:
I am exhausted with misogyny in comedy. It is there, yes. It is infuriating, yes. But let’s stop playing in the dirt with these dudes. Let’s stop jumping up every time some dumb dude says something dumb. He wants to talk about rape, so, what - now we ALL gotta talk about rape?
INSTEAD, how about we jump up and put some focus on a great female comic doing killer material. Instead of giving an asshole a forum, let’s write an article about Cameron Esposito Emily Heller Aparna Nancherla Kate Berlant Mo Welch Rhea Butcher Brandie Posey Barbara Gray Lauren Ashley Bishop Beth Stelling (they won’t let me tag more, but Claudia Cogan, Katie Crown, Janine Brito, Jacqueline Novak, Kara Klenk, Megan Amram, Shelby Fero, Lisabeth Johnson, Michelle Buteau, Jen Kirkman, Erin Foley, Ali Wong, Jackie Kashian, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Silverman, Amy Shumer, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Karen Kilgariff, Maria Bambford, Margaret Cho, and goddamn it even Joan Rivers. ALWAYS Joan Rivers).
YES, we need to scream and yell sometimes. But even more than that, we need to talk about female comics - not in a “WOWOWEE THERE ARE GIRLS HERE?!?!” way, but just in a way that makes sure the GOOD is getting as much press as the bad. (And not in a list of “LADY COMICS”.)
I’m not scared to scream and yell. Currently my ENRTIRE CAREER is screaming and yelling, often at big scary companies. But I’m not sure it’s always the best for our souls. And I fear it is starting to reinforce the idea that COMICS = MEN.
And, please note - the top comics, the ones that people give a shit about and pay real money to see? They generally aren’t doing that scuzzy material. It IS getting better - let’s keep pushing it.
keithashley asked: fully support you on the strike Eilza! the RVA well me anyway has yo' back OHS style!
luvvdivine asked: Not a question. Just supporting you and the other Fashion Police writers.
portmantoops asked: Is this strike extending past Fashion Police? A lot of my friends love it, but Fashion Police isn't really my thing, but if there are other WGA strikes going on I don't want to watch scab programs.
It’s just our show striking. But we are an E! show, which is owned by NBCUniversal and Comcast - you can extend your own personal boycott as far as you want!