Dear Lizzie, You rock. Don't ever change. Only I really mean it. -Gordo
My name is Sophie. They tell me I'm a girl human, but I'm starting to suspect that I might be a replicant. I like talking about that time I lived in New York/peaked. I'd love to move back now that I'm done with school. We'll see. One time the audience chanted, "loser queen," when I called into a public access show. It was nicer than it sounds. Interests: comedy, NBC programming, the Culkin family, SNL, philosophy, feminism, campy films, cerebral dramas for esoteric twenty-somethings, the UCB, The Chris Gethard Show, children's film/television, Kiki Dunst, drag queens, DCOMs, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, X-Men, and film noir.
I’d like to think my most recent bookstore purchases say, “Hello, I am a woman of varied interests,” but I think it’s more like, “Hello, I am a woman whose taste in literature is based on her taste in television.”
We’re not allowed to call a spade a spade now? And by a spade a spade I mean ignorant people ignorant. The ebbs and tides of this sort of thing are ridiculous. Why should she get a break? This isn’t even a PC issue. That chick was a straight dumbass. The question wasn’t even hard. Excuse me for expecting more from women in the public eye.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the use of the word “allowed” in debate. As in when comedians told feminist Lindy West, “So we’re not allowed to tell rape jokes now?!” People, in response to my appearance on ABC, have been saying, “So Gaby, we’re not allowed to make fun of people for screwing up publicly now? Huh? We’re not allowed.”
No one said anything about “allowed.” I don’t have any sort of power to make things legal or illegal. I can’t come to your house and “allow” or “disallow” you to do anything.
It’s funny how people are told to “buck up” but then when you say, “Hey, maybe you’re being a bit harsh to this person. Maybe consider their position and think about how your criticism of them might be affecting a real, complex fellow human being,” the person you say that to is ironically so offended and thin-skinned that they defensively tell you you’re not “allowing” them to do something. The only reason to react this way is if you’re aware, in some small part of you, that what you’re doing is incorrect. Otherwise, my opinion is irrelevant to you.
You’re allowed to do and think whatever you want. And I am allowed to go on national television and tell you you’re being unnecessarily mean. Look at that! Everyone is allowed to do any of those things.