Following the extraordinary success of her stand-up special Nanette, Hannah Gadsby has delivered a powerful speech criticising ‘good men’ who speak out about ‘bad men’ who are guilty of sexual harassment.
The Australian comedian opened The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment gala taking aim at ‘good men’ – (ie: late night television hosts) – A-list comedians who she calls ‘Jimmys’ – who speak about ‘bad men’ – and how “the line in the sand” shifts when these “bad men” are the real-life friends of the “good men.”
What she said
“I’m sick of turning my television on at the end of the day to find anywhere up to 12 Jimmys giving me their hot take…. 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.”
“If only these bad men just knew how not to be creepy!’ Is that the problem? Men are not creepy. Do you know what’s creepy? Spiders, because we don’t know how they move. Rejecting the humanity of a woman is not creepiness; it is misogyny. So why can’t men monologue about these issues? Well they can, and they do. My problem is that according to the Jimmys, there’s only two types of bad men. 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. These are apparently good men who misread the rules—garden-variety consent dyslexics. They have the rule book, but they just skimmed it.”
A line in the sand for every occasion
In her speech, Gadsby zeroes in on “the line in the sand that is inevitably drawn whenever a good man talks about bad men: “I am a good man. Here is the line. There are all the bad men,’” and argues that men use this line to their benefit, but don’t acknowledge it:
“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. You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line. And guess what? All men believe they are good. 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 HANNAH GADSBY’S FULL SPEECH HERE:
An insightful social commentator
Social justice advocate Miles Heffernan from Harassment Claims described Gadsby as a quick witted insightful social commentator.
“Her powerful and moving show Nanette proved that Hannah Gadsby has got something to say, and she says it with such precision and power,” he said.
“It’s awesome to see that so many people, including the Hollywood elite, are sitting up and taking notice.
“Let’s hope she will continue her unique way of shining a light on misogyny, sexism and homophobia, and contribute to changing our society for the better.”
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