Comedian Hannah Gadsby silenced the crowd at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Gala on Wednesday after she called out the industry’s so-called “good men” for lecturing audiences on the misogyny of “bad men” — all while surreptitiously sweeping their own problematic behavior, and that of their friends and allies, underneath the rug. Gadsby’s speech, which has since taken off and prompted heated discussion on social media, criticized the “Jimmys” — a token term she used to denote “good men” late night TV hosts — for trying to seperate the behavior of men accused of misconduct into two categories.
“There’s the Weinstein/Bill Cosby types who are so utterly horrible that they might as well be different species to the Jimmys, and then there are the FOJs: the Friends of Jimmy,” the outspoken Australian comedian declared. “These are apparently good men who misread the rules — garden-variety consent dyslexics. They have the rule book, but they just skimmed it. ‘Oh, that a semicolon? My bad. I thought that meant anal.’”
“The last thing I need right now in this moment in history is to have to listen to men monologue about misogyny and how other men should just stop being ‘creepy,’ as if that’s the problem … Rejecting the humanity of a woman is not creepiness; it is misogyny,” she continued. “We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for every different occasion. They have a line for the locker room; a line for when their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters are watching; another line for when they’re drunk and fratting; another line for nondisclosure; a line for friends; and a line for foes.”
That kind of thinking, she argued, is a problem — especially since it boiled down to men conveniently adapting their own definition of misogyny so that their own behavior was deemed excusable, both by society and themselves.
“Guess what? All men believe they are good,” she observed. “We need to talk about this because guess what happens when only good men get to draw that line? This world — 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. Women should be in control of that line, no question.”
Watch Gadsby’s full speech below.
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