Victoria Jackson Persecuted for Not Being Funny

Saturday Night Live recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a three and a half hour special that brought back many alumni and special guests who had appeared on the show. Conspicuously missing was Victoria Jackson. The Worldnetdaily wants you to know that she’s being persecuted for her religious and political views.

Was comedian Victoria Jackson blacklisted from the Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show because of her anti-Obama political views?

It’s a question even some bloggers and commentators are raising following the special live show that aired on NBC on Sunday.

Jackson, who spent six years as an SNL cast member from 1986 to 1992, found herself watching the show on a screen in an “overflow room.” She was not invited to participate in the comedic routines by producer Lorne Michaels, nor was she invited to watch in the studio. She was the only cast member in the overflow room…

Was comedian Victoria Jackson blacklisted from the Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show because of her anti-Obama political views?

It’s a question even some bloggers and commentators are raising following the special live show that aired on NBC on Sunday.

Jackson, who spent six years as an SNL cast member from 1986 to 1992, found herself watching the show on a screen in an “overflow room.” She was not invited to participate in the comedic routines by producer Lorne Michaels, nor was she invited to watch in the studio. She was the only cast member in the overflow room.

Or…you just aren’t funny and were, at best, a minor bit player who ranks near the bottom of the nearly 150 cast members the show has had. And the article quotes an entertainment columnist as saying this:

“‘SNL40′ is a lot like a high school reunion. If you went off to become popular and successful, you’re back. But if things got weird after you left, forget it. Hence the glaring omission of Dennis Miller, who was a great “Weekend Update” host but turned conservative mouthpiece in years later. And no Victoria Jackson, who was a chirpy blonde on the show but now fights for the Right.

Actually, Dennis Miller rejected an invitation to appear on the show, but he did have some clips shown in the retrospective about Weekend Update. And Victoria Jackson herself said:

“So, it’s still a mystery. Did Lorne Michaels’ beautiful 20-year-old-assistant make a mistake and hand me the wrong bracelet? (Bracelets were handed out telling the ushers/security team which room you were assigned to). Was I blacklisted for disagreeing with the President/media’s ideology? Was it because I am a Christian? Is it because I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage and publicly spoke out against homosexual themes in prime time TV shows? Is Lorne ashamed of me? What do you think?”

I think you should be thrilled that you were invited to attend at all and it has nothing to do with your political or religious views. You just aren’t funny and you never were. You were on the show for six years of near-total irrelevancy. Only the Toonces the Cat sketches made you memorable at all and that’s only because they repeated the same joke so many times, not because you were actually good in them.

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  • daved

    Oh, for pity’s sake, Ed, she wasn’t *that* bad. Admittedly, she’s an intellectual featherweight who writes awful political commentaries. But she was far from the worst cast member ever (most of the cast who replaced the original cast, back around what, 1982, were worse). Maybe she looked better than she actually was because she was surrounded by good other cast members. But I really can’t see relegating her to the green room, assuming she was truly the only cast member in there.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    I would be curious to know how many other alumni were not invited to the special. Funny or not, it is odd that someone who was part of the cast for six years would have been ignored.

    Then again, I would be entirely unsurprised to learn that she did get an invitation, declined to go, and is now acting (badly, as usual) like a martyr.

  • Michael Heath

    If this claim were true, then the show wouldn’t give favorable air time to Sarah Palin.

  • dugglebogey

    I love “questioning” journalism. I have zero evidence to support this question, but I’m going to ask it anyway.

    “Was Victoria Jackson excluded from the SNL40 show because of rumors that she has sex with farm animals? What do you think?”

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Was comedian Victoria Jackson blacklisted from the Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show because of her anti-Obama political views?

    If she was, then what the fuck was Sarah Palin doing there?

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    I have to agree with daved– Victoria Jackson is to all appearances painfully stupid and hateful, but she was no less funny than your average SNL cast member. That’s actually why it was so surprising to me that she is so stupid and hateful. I didn’t think it was possible that someone like that could’ve done what she did on the show, which was be funny– not all-time-amazing funny, but still funny. And consistently so.

    That is, if I recall correctly, why so many of us thought for so many years that her vapidity and horridness must be some kind of extended joke, a put-on. Some people still suspect it.

    Being a funny conservative bigot is kind of like being a secular prude– rare, but entirely possible.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    She gave us Toonces the Cat? That was just about the lamest sketch SNL ever had — which is saying a lot, given how much utter tedious self-inflating crap I’ve been seeing from SNL since 1980.

    Quire frankly, I’m sick of all the free publicity SNL has been getting for the last few decades. What other TV show, of any genre, has had this many commemorative, retrospective, pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-how-amazing-we-still-are-after-all-these-years meta-shows made about it? We had the show, then we had several shows about the show over the years, and now we have at least one show about the latest show about the show. There’s enough layers of meta here to make a whole new postmodern (and more tedious than funny) SNL sketch. Could that be what they’re working up to?

  • Childermass

    The simple reality is that if Lorne Michaels did not think she was funny, she would not have been hired. And even if a bad mistake was made in the initial hire, they could have fired her at the end of her first year and probably a lot sooner than that.

    So any blame for her being unfunny for her last five years on SNL must fall fall on Mr. Michaels and the other powers that be on that show–they kept her. Indeed they can take the blame for a lot more than her appearances. That show should have been dead and buried a long time ago.

  • Die Anyway

    I figured that they omitted her because of that “flashing the nipple” thing at the Super Bowl ten years ago. 😉

  • marcus

    Only those of us who are, like Victoria and myself, congenitally unfunny, can understand the pain and embarrassment, not to mention the ridicule and discrimination, that we suffer at the hands of those God has endowed with wit and a sense of humor. Laugh it up funny people! You always do. :(

  • xuuths

    Perhaps she wasn’t invited, because she was difficult to work with on those 6 years? There was a reason that Jeffrey Hunter was not brought back as Christopher Pike in Star Trek… it was because his wife was so terribly obnoxious that none of the Powers That Be wanted anything to do with Mr. Hunter!

    Or perhaps she was a complete jerk to Mr. Michaels in the years after she left?

  • edmundog

    She was actually funny on the 25th anniversary show, probably for the last time, when during the Q&A, she had this exchange:

    Victoria Jackson: Um.. I’m a big fan of the show and everything, but I was just wondering: whatever happened to me?

    Tom Hanks: Well.. you, uh.. you divorced that fire eater guy, you married a cop, and you had a baby, and you’re living in Florida, and every now and then you show up on “Politically Incorrect”. I hear you’re very happy.

    Victoria Jackson: Oh. Good, I’m glad!

  • davidworthington

    I don’t have a link but did read several days ago that all former cast members were invited. Not all got to “perform” and, from watching, far too much attention was given to the most recent casts. Jon Lovitz is a conservative and he did get a performing slot. Miller said he was invited but did not explain why he chose not to go. Cheri O’Teri (sp) was invited, turned it down, but then things changed and she could go, but did not perform. If VJ was the only former cast member in the overflow room, that’s kinda crappy. I never thought she was particularly funny but obviously Lorne did as she was on the show for 6 years.

  • screechymonkey

    It’s a question even some bloggers and commentators are raising

    EVEN THE BLOGGERS?! Now this story has hit the big time! Pretty soon, it will be getting discussed on (gasp!) talk radio!

  • StevoR

    Victoria Jackson Persecuted for Not Being Funny

    Oh you’ve got to be joking! Or have you? That’s not overly funny either really.

    Also who? Janet and Michael Jackson I’ve heard of (Stonewall Jackson too but gather he’s been gone awhile.) before but not her.

  • tfkreference

    What about Julia Sweeney? Her name wasn’t in the credits and the show featured only one still photo of her Pat character. Must be because she’s a vocal atheist.

    (She was in the audience, however, or so I read on the Internet.)

  • scienceavenger

    Frankly, I thought Victoria Jackson was funny as shit when she was on the show, though that impression might have been diminished had I known then that she really is the idiot she played. I can think of loads of former cast members more worthy of banishment than her (I’m looking at you Joe Piscopo). As for the WND:

    It’s a question even some bloggers and commentators are raising following the special live show that aired on NBC on Sunday.

    This Circle-jerk journalism stunt really needs to get called out more for what it is.