The new “feminism” is looking pretty male….

20 Sep

Brad and I like to watch stupid things before we go to bed to unwind.  So when Roseanne Barr’s Comedy Central roast popped up on our netflix, we decided that it couldn’t get much stupider than that, so we dove in.  I knew it would be dumb- but I didn’t think it would be so disheartening.  After an intro of Bikini Kill’s song “Rebel Girl”, and after the female comedians proclaimed their feminism, here is what the jokes consisted of (and keep in mind, all the jokes I’m going to reference were told by women directed at the other women):

Fat joke

Fat joke

Lesbian-just-need- some-dick joke

Fat joke

Rich-chick-slept-her-way-to-the-top joke

You’re-now-ugly-because-you’re-old joke

Fat joke

Slut joke

Fat joke

Lesbian is a bull dyke/trying to be a man because she has short hair joke

Fat joke directed at the young thin girl

Young thin girl making obscene jokes and then doing the dumb doe-eyed girl routine

Fat joke

Many you-were-pretty-and-slept-your-way-to-success-but-now-you’re-old-and-ugly jokes

Fat joke

Many slut jokes

Fat joke

The only woman who didn’t participate in the Ladies-telling-dude-jokes was Carrie Fisher… who actually called out the ridiculousness of the rampant “I can only be a funny lady by acting like a stupid dude”, and basically just made fun of how much of a addict she is (which was pretty funny).

I know this was a roast, and I know that the point is to rip each other up.  But ladies- is that all you’ve got?  And with Roseanne Barr as your target- that was the best you can come up with?  Low-brow frat boy humor?  And then you claim “We’re feminists!” while relying on the worst of Misogyny Comedy 101?  Fat, slut, and dyke jokes?  The guys that were roasting Roseanne didn’t even rely on such bottom-feeding tactics… and that’s saying something.

So a big depressed *sigh* for Roseanne and the ladies at her roast…. EXCEPT for the always wonderful Carrie Fisher, who knows that women should be above grunty testosterony humor.


3 Responses to “The new “feminism” is looking pretty male….”

  1. Uh-Nay September 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Carrie Fisher is always incredible! Have you seen her episode on 30 Rock? It’s pretty great. I’m not sure how much I like the roasts; they seem to leave too much to be desired….like during the Bob Sagat roast when people were making remarks to Steve-O about his friend Ryan Dunn who had passed away THAT WEEK. That wasn’t funny, that was awful, and the people who are willing to sink that low are the most attention-starved comedians who nobody has ever heard of. It seems to prolong this idea that if you stab somebody on your way up the ladder than you’ll get to the top faster. It’s kind of sick.

    But there are also excellent moments too; like when Courtney Love was wasted at Pam Anderson’s roast while talking about her sobriety! Or when Cloris Leachman just fucking ruled it at Bob Sagat’s roast just because she’s fucking awesome!

    The stereotypical dyke, fat, slut jokes is disappointing to hear about, and I agree, with a target like Roseanne Barr you have ammo for DAYS. I wish that either these writers would snap out of it or these women would get a clue.

    I love your posts, always and forever!

  2. Uh-Nay May 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Kristen,

    I miss reading your blog. Will you post something soon?

  3. Uh-Nay April 15, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    I was just browsing your blog with the intention of complaining that you should update your blog more. Then I saw my comment from May 14th, 2013 where I’m complaining that you should write on your blog again. KRISTEN! GIVE THE PEOPLE! (Or at least this person) WHAT THEY WANT! You make me have faith in humanity again. I really liked following along with the tales of your family, they made me laugh or cringe or want to learn more about different topics.

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