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TV's Funniest Females Tackle the Top Issues in the Industry
Sitting in a room full of my role models, Hollywood Reporter interviewed six of the funniest females on TV. While plenty of the interview is concerned with embarrassing moments and funny anecdotes, it does hit on some really important issues faced by women in comedy.
Lena Dunham: "I heard a guy on my show say into his microphone: 'I hate this job. I can't wait to be back on a show where there's a man at the helm.'"
Gina Rodriguez: "I was up for a role and auditioned in character. They're like: 'We love her. But can she come back in with a tight black dress?'"
Amy Schumer: "I noticed when I had a suggestion for [Trainwreck director] Judd Apatow on set, I would say, 'Um, sorry but …' I started all my sentences with 'sorry.' I've made an effort to not do that now."
These are just a few of the issues that these funny, successful women deal with on a daily basis. Other more serious matters include equal pay, body shaming and, at the most extreme, rape comments and death threats. These women have simply created a career doing what they love (and what they're really good at), yet they are consistently attacked for it.
While each comedian puts a humorous spin on some of the terrible things that have been said about them, as a group, they hit on one really important thing: we've got to keep doing what we're doing. There's still a lack of diversity in comedy (try finding a female late night talk show host), and in order to change that women have to keep taking risks.
Read the full interview here to get both pissed off about the sexism that still exists in the industry and inspired by some hilarious women who are working for change.
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