T/W for discussions of rape and some seriously hateful and violent language.
So, full disclosure: I was a Lindy West fan before she faced off against the literal entire internet:
I think the woman’s funny. I rabidly devour her articles on Jezebel, partly because I like the way she breaks sexism down into clear bullet points, but mostly because I just think she is just so goddamned funny. I laugh out loud reading her writing. Sometimes I fist pump.
This year I’ve developed an interest in comedy. I’ve always liked funny things, but this year I suddenly discovered that comedy is an art form. That sometimes comedians are making sophisticated points using humor. This revelation came to me while I was watching a 30 Rock episode for probably the fourth or fifth time. It was one of my favorites, “The C-Word,” and as I watched the scene where Jack takes Tracy golfing, I suddenly realized that by playing into black stereotypes, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) was mocking white guilt, subtle racism, and our (white people’s) discomfort with our history with people of color. Mind. Blown.