I would like to think Jimmy Kimmel is not a sexist douchebag, seeing how he dated Sarah Silverman for so many years. I can't see her staying with a man with discriminatory views towards women. So I'm scratching my head as to why Kimmel stood up for sexist comments about how "women aren't funny" made by his former co-host of The Man Show, Adam Carolla. "I think Adam says a lot of things he doesn't mean," Kimmel told TheWrap.com at a Television Critics Association panel on this year's Emmys. Oh really?
So when Adam blabbed to Larry Getlen at The New York Post at length about how women aren't funny, that was just a very loooooooong-winded offhand "I don't mean it" comment?
Do you hate working with women?
No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No. If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
That sounds like a pretty well-supported opinion for something Carolla "doesn't mean." Yes, he was being a bit bombastic — as any comedian in an interview would be — but he also flat out says "I don't care" about the reaction. That doesn't sound too wink-wink-nudge-nudge to me.
I know Jimmy Kimmel is not responsible for his friend's actions. And I'm not dopey enough to think the two hosts of The Man Show are going to bring Gloria Steinem's sensibility to anything they do. But they are in the public eye — happily earning their livings as women support their shows and comedy tours! — and comedians don't get a pass for fucked up shit just because they make us laugh.
Kimmel had the opportunity to vehemently refute Carolla's sexist comments — even respectfully disagree with them. Instead, he chose to make an excuse.