This morning a story about a war of words between Jezebel and The Daily Show caught my eye in between Warren Buffett acting cute and Lindsay Lohan going to jail. It seemed to suggest The Daily Show was sexist, and as a fan I wanted to get to the bottom of it. So I read all the sides and as a feminist I’m really peeved at Jezebel.
Here’s the scoop: Jezebel ran a story interviewing women who lost their jobs at The Daily Show and who couldn’t get hired at The Daily Show about how the show is run by sexist pigs. Let’s ignore the fact that these women are obviously bitter at the show and didn’t fit the show’s culture for a moment. If you are being told The Daily Show is sexist what does that bring to mind? Less than 10% of the staff being female? Wide-spread sexual harassment? Lawsuits being filed left and right by former female employees? That would be a good story right? Full of righteous indignation?