Some men hosting a roundtable for the Daily Wire, the conservative news outlet headed by Ben Shapiro, who was also part of the discussion, decided to talk on camera about how women aren’t funny unless they’re acting like dudes. The four white men sitting in black leather chairs smoking cigars in a studio with one brick wall and shelves with random alcohol bottles on them all agreed that it is “true” that “comedy is inherently masculine” and any women that draw laughs are “emulating a man.”
Daily Wire host claims "comedy is inherently masculine" and that women are only funny when they're "emulating a man" pic.twitter.com/dUCoS3BrEX— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 5, 2019
The men cite Sarah Silverman and Roseanne Barr as women who are very funny but only because they’re acting like men, though they do not explain how. One also claims that there are things that are “inherently feminine, and men can do them,” but do not give examples. Perhaps they were thinking of cleaning up after men and/or remaining barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen?
Shapiro chimes in at the end of the video clip to claim that “men purport to be invulnerable and humor is about vulnerability,” saying that his wife “laughs her ass off” any time he hits his head but he wouldn’t laugh if she hit her head.
It is slightly possible that Ben Shapiro’s wife hates him. Or he has no sense of humor. Pick one, Ben.
Another of the men cites Norm Macdonald, who was resoundingly condemned last year for talking trash about the #MeToo movement, for a statement that should close the book on whether or not Norm is a misogynist.
“Norm MacDonald makes this great observation that whenever you’re a kid and you hear a group of kids laughing and you’d run over there, he says there would never be a broad standing there. And it’s true,” he says.
Is it, though? Because some of these responses from women are funnier than Norm Macdonald could ever dream of being.
Plz enjoy my Ben Shapiro fan fic pic.twitter.com/6WedfrKoU1— Bron.com (@brondotcomputer) September 5, 2019
lol these fucking dorks, is one of them wearing a key on a necklace? Also, is there a single more try-hard masculine affectation than being a "cigar guy"? Do drugs you fucking coward! https://t.co/ZWxGMMWzoW— Will🦕Menaker (@willmenaker) September 5, 2019
Corrrection. Bad comedy is inherently masculine.
— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) September 5, 2019
Is this like a Tinkerbell thing where they think if they just clap their hands and say “I believe comedy is inherently masculine! I believe comedy is inherently masculine!” people will laugh at their “jokes?”
— Robyn Pennacchia (@RobynElyse) September 5, 2019
“Humor is inherently masculine.”
If he means women find humor every time they observe men, he is quite correct.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 5, 2019
The only thing im getting here is that Ben’s wife laugh when he hurts himself and that makes her the queen of ANTIFA
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) September 5, 2019
comedy is inherently masculine— Sarah Lazarus (@sarahclazarus) September 5, 2019
art is inherently european
music is inherently ska
Why are these guys just... so... weird? And SO insecure? https://t.co/sq5gBqVVCq— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 5, 2019
I mean, clearly not ALL men are funny, case in point. https://t.co/VuMShbvgDc— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) September 5, 2019
Four men sucking on cigars (there’s a joke there) nodding vehemently at each other that “comedy is inherently masculine.” Jesus. Keep sucking guys.
— Lori Coffae (@CoffaeTalks) September 5, 2019
Please shove your lit cigars up your inherently masculine assholes. I dare you to make an audience of strangers laugh hysterically for 10 minutes. You 4 prove what Timothy Leary once said - "Women who want to be equal to a man lack ambition." Oh, and you all have tiny dicks. https://t.co/gsycsjpHgb— Judy Gold 🏳️🌈 (@JewdyGold) September 5, 2019
The thought of women being funny frightens them to their cores. They're trapped in a patriarchal hell of toxic masculinity. They sit around with their penis cigars validating their manhood by insisting humor is inherently masculine.— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) September 5, 2019
Why do funny women terrify them? https://t.co/PdpiFh9ZF6
(Not sharing the tweet with footage)— Holly Dunsworth (@HollyDunsworth) September 5, 2019
I guess if comedy is "inherently masculine" that's an easy way for a dude like Ben Shapiro to explain why he's only funny to other dudes.
Maybe Norm and the rest of these men were just brought up in sexist environments and never challenged their assumptions and thus remain sexist? Don’t ask me, I’m just a girl.