So Cosmopolitan did an interview with the women of Saturday Night Live for their May 2014, which is totally great. I clicked over to it being ready and willing to love it, but I couldn’t quite get there on account of being kind of a little sexist.
I understand that every outlet has a different audience, but I refuse to believe that Cosmo‘s is as common denominator as they seem to be assuming. That they can’t swallow an interview with seven unique, talented individuals without putting them in pajamas and asking them to defend why they’re funny.
Maybe I’m just being overly sensitive, but if you’re gonna lead into a piece with the promise of ’32 Things You Don’t Know About The Women Of SNL’, you better be prepared to ask them thirty-two different questions. And that means writing more than one set of questions for all seven of them. Especially when one of them is ‘what always makes you laugh?’ I’d love to see the interview where they ask that of the male members of the cast as well, as they traipsed adorably around set in their satin underpanties.
Just…c’mon Cosmo. I’ve seen how much effort you put into the making your man orgasm posts, so next time maybe put your back into it and gently pinch the nipples while tugging gently on the sack while you’re writing this. Maybe it might come out better. (Pun absolutely intended. P.S. A man helped me write this!!! LOLOLOL!!!)
Here are eight things that I found particularly infuriating about this interview.
- That the piece was titled ‘Hot And Hilarious: It’s An SNL Sleepover!’ Just a reminder that in addition to being immensely talented and successful, these women are also hot. So their audience has permission to care!
- …and that the entire cast was in some variation of silky lingerie. Because if you’re a lady and you’re gonna be talking our ear off about your comedy, you better be wearing no pants while you do it.
- The fact that I didn’t realize Cecily Strong was dating fellow cast member Mike O’Brien. That’s on me, guys, no shade to Cosmo for that.
- That the questions they had for Sasheer Zamata emphasized her being black over her being a comedian. Something she kind of called them out for, so props on that.
- When they asked Aidy Bryant what she’d say to someone who doesn’t think women are funny.
- When they asked Nasim Pedrad if she felt a responsibility to raise the bar for women in comedy.
- That they asked Noel Wells what she’d say to a person who said women weren’t as funny as men.
- That even in a piece in 2014 interviewing some of the most successful female comedians in the industry, WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT WHETHER WOMEN CAN BE FUNNY.
Come on you guys. You have seven goldmines of information and comedy in front of you. Surely you can do better than that.