Samantha Bee Encourages Women to Rally Against "Gatekeepers of Comedy"
Closing her final show before Thanksgiving, the 'Full Frontal' host urged women in comedy to ignore the naysayers: "The future of comedy is yours."
As she closed her final show before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Samantha Bee spoke about her experience in comedy in light of the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Louis C.K., which shed a light on some of what women go through in comedy.
Bee encouraged women in comedy to rally and push back against sexual harassment.
"People ask me all the time, what it's like to be a woman in comedy?" Bee began. "Even if no one exposes his penis to you, you're still dealing with a parade of total dicks, like lady-blind pieces of crap who interrupt you in every meeting. And when you do get to talk, [they] forget to write your jokes down."
The Full Frontal host proceeded to call out the "sentient hoodies" who disregard female comedians, explaining that they can "watch you kill onstage and then afterward go, 'I just didn't get it' and then walk away and fist-bump the 11th guy who did a tight five [minutes] on the fucking friend zone."
Bee then referenced a scrolling list crediting "species of comedy penis." The list featured mock names such as "Wannabe Tosh," "Beanie Stand," "Self-Declared Genius" and "Fatter, Older Will Ferrell."
Showing her annoyance over the "gatekeepers of comedy," Bee argued, "If you don't understand why all the women are so pissed off, that's why. And if you still don't get it, I invite you to go away. You are wrong about where the clitoris is and you're wrong about what makes good comedy."
Transitioning to a more encouraging tone, Bee directed her next statements to women in comedy, hoping they refrain from worrying about what the "dinosaurs think."
Bee said: "Ladies, your jokes about Gilmore Girls and yeast infections and what it feels like to be angry all the fucking time are great. The meteor has already hit, so don't worry about what the dinosaurs think. The future of comedy is yours. Because somewhere out there, there's a woman who works at a bank who got a dick flashed at her in a meeting she wasn't allowed to talk in. And when she gets off work tonight, she wants you to make her laugh about it. So burn it down, my witches."
A day after five women accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them in a New York Times exposé, the comedian admitted the allegations to be true. In a response sent to The Hollywood Reporter, C.K. revealed that he felt shame for the actions he tried to hide from.
"I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position." He later added, "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with."