Not much to report this week. I've been doing very good at the lying fallow thing I was talking about last week. Just working on my book, editing my graphic novel and working on my jokes. I'm exhausted by politics and I'm really looking forward to the election. And then the election being over. I think I've always been in denial about the possibility of Trump winning the presidency and excited about Hillary getting into office because, like most other ladies, I'd like to have a lady president. And she's the most qualified candidate ever to run, but she also has troubling foreign policy and a strained relationship to queer issues. I don't like Trump mainly because I think he's very unattractive and his arrogance is off putting. It's an emotional reason I know.
I'm most frustrated these days with the culture that's emerged of feigned outrage. More and more the alt-right and liberal sensibilities seem interchangeable. I don't have the energy to articulate the feeling better. It's the feeling you get when you see think-pieces about how offensive it is that people refer to their pets as if they're children, or why Amy Schumer's Formation video was problematic. If you don't know what's wrong with Amy Schumer's video, a think piece can't tell you, you're beyond hope.
I've really taken to listening to Milo Yiannopoulus's podcast for this reason. I don't agree with anything he has to say, but at the same time it's refreshing to hear someone saying how they really feel. Is that weird? It's weird. I call it hate listening, and I do think it's important to know what the opposition thinks. I'm not a conservative, but listening to conservative rhetoric helps to remind me why I disagree with the alt-right and also why conservatives feel what they feel, or even what they feel. So that's my confession. It actually feels good to hear someone saying what they really think, knowing it's unpopular.
A lot of my comedy friends didn't have anything to say about her Amy Schumer's Formation video. I'm gonna guess it's because they didn't want to potentially damage their careers. A lot of them know her or have known her. A lot of fucking voices were silent, which is the same as endorsing it to be honest. If you really believe that institutionalized and systemic racism is wrong, why not speak out when one of the most famous white women in the world does something so tone deaf? It left me dejected. I don't know. What the fuck do you really care about you guys? Like really? Because think pieces about how people talk about their dogs are sign of liberal ideology in deep shit. We look ridiculous y'all and we need to get in fucking #formation.
This week's guest on OBSERVATIONS with Sovereign Syre I have stand up Matt Kirshen. We talk about the experience of being on Last Comic Standing, the difference between English and American comedy and then we get into stuff about polyamory, slut-shaming and forgetting when you have a tampon in.