Yesterday comedian Adam Carolla visited us from the 19th century to do an interview with HuffPost Live and give his thoughts on whether or not women make good late night hosts. I don’t know if you know this or not, but seeing a woman give a monologue when it’s dark outside, something men usually do, is just really confusing for TV viewers. It’s like seeing a cat playing the piano or a black girl playing Annie. Hey, that doesn’t belong there!
The conversation started when Adam was asked if there are any women he thinks would do well in the late night talk show competition. He started out naming Ellen DeGeneres, but that’s only because everyone’s legally obligated to mention her in discussions of funny women. Then he decided that it shouldn’t be about gender at all:
“To me it’s not so much about women or men, it’s sort of who do you want to see at night.”
Unfortunately, Adam has used his apparent telepathic abilities to look into the minds of the TV-viewing public, and as it turns out the group of people “you want to see at night” doesn’t include women. Oops, I guess it became about gender after all:
“I don’t know what our society wants. We’re used a guy standing there in a suit telling monologue jokes and that’s all we’ve known, so I don’t know if it would be confusing if it’s a woman standing there telling monologue jokes. I mean, we’re just used to certain genders in certain roles.”
Ah, I see. I guess he’s okay with Ellen because that suit throws him off and makes him think a man is standing there. What a clever tactic. But it’s kind of weird that male hosts are “all we’ve known” when I distinctly remember watching Chelsea Lately the other night. Of course, as we all know, she’s a woman, so she’s just a parenthetical in the late night discussion. An anomaly, if you will. Either that or, GASP, do you think Adam Carolla could just be an incredibly sexist douchebag? I’m starting to think that’s the case, you guys.
After all, this is the same guy who a couple of years ago declared that men are universally funnier than women. Seems like he just has it out for female comedians in general. It’s kind of ironic considering I forgot Adam Carolla even existed, let alone was an authority on how funny women are. But apparently he’s got a new Spike show called Catch a Contractor about tracking down contractors who’ve duped people into paying for bad carpentry work. You know what, I don’t know if I’m really ready for a show like that. It might be a little confusing and I’m just not used to it. Seeing things I’m not used to is gross. Maybe we should wait a few years until society can accept it.
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