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I stumbled across Rob Delaney through an interview he gave to The Good Men Project. The attitude toward Delaney and his “popularity” in some outposts of the internet is summed up by commenter “Sophie” who said “You are a funny and inspiring man, Rob. Keep up the good work.”
Another commenter wrote “Incredibly talented comic and writer – and always appreciate you standing up for women the way you do Rob. X”
These responses from Delaney’s female fans can be cited as evidence that women, in general, have horrible senses of humor. Any person who finds Rob Delaney humorous has a poorly tuned sense of humor. And to find inspiration in pussy jokes and crappy Youtube videos is funnier than the man they’re lauding.
If you find this funny, please give me your IP address so I can formally block you.
Rob Delaney has a strategy. It is to cater to the untapped market of female comedy watchers by kissing their asses by telling them how much he likes to eat pussy, how he loves women of all shapes and sizes, and by calling himself a feminist. In his GMPM interview, Rob Delaney made sure to tell the world that he is a feminist and that much of his comedy is aimed towards combating sexism:
I may sound like the world’s biggest asshole, but I do consider myself a feminist. Women and men are just savaged by ads and media and Hollywood to the point of actual insanity and I try to combat that in my little way.
He says he’s concerned about how men are savaged by the media, yet he’s a feminist. Later in the interview Delaney said:
I really, really want to champion women with my comedy. Sexism and misogyny still run rampant in our world and in our culture and it will be the death of us if we don’t seek to counter it in our own lives. So I do focus on women a bit more in my comedy, because I think that destructive sexism is sort of the final frontier in prejudice. It would seem that racism and homophobia are closer to extinction than is sexism.
By all accounts, sexism and misogyny are on the decline and are not a one-way street. Yet all of a sudden, in 2011, they require the voice of a hack comedian who is obviously trying to copy Louis CK’s style, mannerisms, and style of delivery (too bad he left out the humor) to combat this scourge. Delany constructs a metric which he apparently thinks that men are engaging in misogyny and sexism:
As an exercise: I see a woman jogging in spandex. She has an amazing butt that I want to lie down and wiggle on. It’s more than OK that I think that, but it would be very much not OK if I actually did that.
Wow join the fucking club with every other so-called misogynistic and sexist man in America. If he sees a fine ass in spandex but restrains himself from humping it, he’s no better than 99.999999% of men in this country.
Delaney dwells on an issue that barely exists. He nominally champions women because it gets him cheap laughs, cheap comments, crappy interviews, and Twitter followers. He achieves status much the same way as vegetarians who constantly remind you that they are vegetarians. If you want to not eat meat, then go for it. If you want to test the boundaries of gender and sex in your comedy, do that too. You won’t be the first to do it, but you’ll be the first to beam up at the matriarchy hoping for a little pat on the head. Actively twisting your art in order to fit inside a larger agenda immediately diminishes the art. It’s the ideological equivalent of trying to paint a masterpiece in an airplane bathroom.
But Delaney’s strategy works. Picking the low-hanging humorless fruit is an original strategy. The trick is to mask some of the humor in some gratuitous female navel-gazing shrouded in feminist-sounding rhetoric and/or male-bashing. Other Twitterers have adopted a similar strategy. Since Twitter followers are worth their weight in 18 year-olds’ Fallopian tubes, non-celebrity Twitterers have stumbled across a gold mine: Suck up to women. Delaney has done it. And I urge you to check out another baby mangina named Greg F. who operates under the Twitter handle @iRespectFemales. Among my favorite iRF tweet: “LADIES: If he can make you smile more often then HE is worth your time.”
200,000 followers from that. This is part of a larger trend. In order to capture market share, business-minded folks cater to women – telling them what they want to hear. I guess that’s why I only have 49 Twitter followers.
Rob Delany. Funny or Not.