"The last thing I need right now, in this moment in history, is have to listen to men monologue about misogyny."
Hannah Gadsby delivered an impassioned call for moral revolution during what was supposed to be a stand-up comedy routine Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter's 2018 Women in Entertainment gala.
Her performance at the women's gala had a similar theme. She started out by c
"I tell you what, I am sick, I'm sick of turning my television on at the end of the day to find anywhere up to 12 'Jimmies' giving me their hot take," Gadsby said.
The result, she said, is "a world full of good men who do very bad things and still believe in their heart of hearts that they are good men because they have not crossed the line, because they move the line for their own good.
Her solution? Take moral authority away from men.
"Women should be in control of that line, no question," she declared to applause from the crowd.
Having successfully outlined a solution to the problem of misogyny, Gadsby went ahead and applied he
"Now, take everything I have said up until this point, and replace 'man' with 'white person,' and know that if you are a white woman you have no place drawing lines in the sand between good white people and bad white people," she said. "I encourage you to also take the time to replace 'man' with 'straight' or 'cis' or 'neurotypical,' etc., etc. E
In other words, Gadsby seemed to be saying, not just women, but every identity group has the ultimate right to adjudge the morality of groups that oppress it, at least when it comes to how those groups treat them. Such ideas are fashionable to throw around, which may help explain Gadsby success.
How do you determine which group is the most oppressed by which? Who wins between an African-American man and an immigrant woman? What if the immigrant is Spanish, or Russian, or Chinese? What if a Mexican boy steals a white man's car? Who is qualified to judge the boy? Does it make a difference if the white man is half American Indian?
To be fair, Gadsby is not a scholar or policy maker, and she seems less interested in such questions than in
"If you have to believe someone else is bad in order to believe you are good, you are drawing a very dangerous line," she said.
"In many ways these lines in the sand we all draw are stories we tell to ourselves so we can still believe we are good people. And every single one of us in this room number amongst the most powerful story tellers in the world, and that means every single one of us has an enormous responsibility to be very very careful about the lines we draw. That's it from me. Enjoy your toast."
Cover image: Comedian Hannah Gadsby performs at the