Skip to comments.Janeane Garofalo Calls It Like She Sees It: An interview with famed provocateur and pop pundit
Posted on 05/17/2003 7:51:00 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
While I know and love Janeane Garofalo for her charmed comedy career, many Americans came to know her recently as a media spokesperson for the anti-war movement. While she, along with Susan Sarandon, the DIXIE CHICKS and Jessica Lange became the poster-women of hate for the anti-intellectual and insubstantial talk show hosts such as Bill OReilly who are more interested in good TV than good debate, she was also lauded for taking the anti-war message to the mainstream media. Garofalo made an interesting comment about being attacked by the right wing as much for being a woman as for being feminist and progressive. Come to think of it, Tim Robbins didnt take nearly as much of a beating even though he was just as involved as his wife, Susan Sarandon.
Her interest in progressive social and political issues have been a strong motivator in her life and in her stand-up. I interviewed Janeane Garofalo to hear more of her side of the anti-war message without interruption or criticism and her personal interest in living, voting and supporting the progressive values platform.
This is a lengthy introduction but I hope it helps to provide the proper context to develop a deeper understanding of the point of view of Janeane Garofalo and where she and many others like her, fit into these larger stories about our ever evolving culture.
TF: What is your personal commitment to the progressive movement and why is it so important for you?
JG: I am a progressive, liberal person. I vote that way and I live that way. That is the way I believe is the ideal way for society to function in a liberal, tolerant, egalitarian way. I contribute money towards causes that espouse that. I believe anyone who values their civil liberties would think it is important especially women and people of color had better vote Democrat, especially the more liberal wing of the Democrats because this radically right-wing administration seeks to keep the playing field very unlevel. Askew, if you will.
I think anyone thats concerned about their freedom and their future and their childs future and the economy had better vote Democrat. And had better vote for the more liberal Democratic candidates. All this partisan flag-waving isnt going to save the economy. It isnt going to make you more secure from terrorists and it isnt going to stop the corporate scandals. It isnt going to stop the tragedies inherent in the globalization movement sponsored by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
If you say that oil is a big motivator, a prime mover of the Bush Jr. Administrations foreign policy agenda, people who discount any attempt to tell an alternate version of the story of the Bush Administration will say, Oh, thats crazy, thats a ridiculous thing to say. And thats what proves that its oil. Why would they get so hyper about it? If it wasnt oil, theyd just be like, easy going about it if people mentioned oil and said, No, it isnt.
I equate this, before I quit, I quit drinking in 2001. Before that a lot of people would say, Youve got to quit drinking. I would be like, Why? I dont have a problem with alcohol. And theyd say, You have to quit drinking alcohol. I would say, Alcohol is not the problem. I dont have a problem with alcohol. I was adamant about that. And then my friend Amy said, I need you to quit eating oranges. And I went, Okay. And then she said, Do you see? I just asked you to quit eating oranges and you were fine with that. And when I asked you to quit drinking you make a big deal that drinking is absolutely not a problem. I equate that, if that makes any sense, with the oil issue. If you bring up oil, you are somehow some kind of wing nut.
TF: If the Bush Administration is so keen on liberating the oppressed, as is now the Pentagon sponsored, media-driven, story about our foreign policy towards Iraq, why is the Vice President so against racial integration, gay rights and equal rights for women?
JG: Because they are not into liberation. They arent. Its the politics of exclusion. Im sure everybody is thrilled that Saddam is gone. There is no question about that. Nobody has a problem with that. Perhaps a lot of these guys that have been around since Gerald Ford shouldnt have been supporting Saddam in the first place. And perhaps Halliburton shouldnt have been doing business with him until 1998. But be that as it may, a lot of nations are guilty of supporting questionable regimes. Not just America. Thats a worldwide business-is-business issue.
TF: Why doesnt that story get told in the mainstream media?
JG: It does in dribs and drabs. But the mainstream media has decided to be self-censoring. I suppose its because they dont want to appear to be unlikable, un-American, or its because their corporate masters decree that they tow the party line or tow the establishment line and then of course you have THE NEW YORK POST and Fox whose job it is to not give the whole story.
TF: But Foxs journalism is Fair and Balanced as they like to remind their viewers dozens of times every day.
JG: According to their definition. My friend Martin Lewis is filing a lawsuit against Fox News because of the words fair and balanced.
TF: In STEAL THIS MOVIE, you played the wife of the controversial Viet Nam era agitator, Abbie Hoffman. In that movie, federal agents seem to have much more power to openly bully anyone who was critical of the Nixon administration or the Viet Nam war. What was it about Abbie Hoffman that was so threatening that the government did anything they could to shut him up.
JG: It wasnt just him. They were doing it to so many people. They followed and had files on people who were the most innocuous. There would be no reason in the world to have a file on them. Like Granny D [Doris Haddock] and Martin Luther Kings children.
I think that they saw in a guy like Abbie Hoffman a guy that really, charismatically, moves people. And hes a guy whos not afraid of them. And thats what scares them the most when there are people that arent afraid of them. That arent afraid of the power base. That arent afraid of Cointelpro. Arent afraid of the government. Arent afraid of Joe McCarthy. I know hes before Abbie Hoffman but they arent afraid of guys like Joe McCarthy. And when you are not afraid of McCarthyism and you are not afraid of repressive regimes and you are not afraid of Big Brother, then they wanna know about you.
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Of special note is her attack on Fox (one of the few places that had her on) for being biased and her glee that one of her friends is suing the network for calling itself "fair and balanced."
I hope O'Reilly remembers that the next time he defends her as courageous for going on his show.
Of other note is her admission of being a recovering alcoholic. It makes one wonder if she has simply substituted a new addition (the spotlight) for the old.
And if anyone asks "where's the barf alert"...it's an interview with Jeaneane Garofalo. Her name alone is plenty of alert.
Bubba-Jean Garbarfalo after Brian Kilmeade slam-dunked her as the idiot, liberal panty-waist she is . . .
She must be making a parallel to people like Hillary Clinton and FBI files which are kept in private to be used for extortion and racketeering on innocent law abiding folk like most conservatives.
I've always found it interesting how liberals claim McCarthy was absurd when he suggested covert schemes were afoot in the 50/60s to create a more socialistic America. Do they sincerely believe America is less socialistic and more conservative today than during the era of McCarthy?
IMHO, the evidence would suggest there was something sound in McCarthy's cause. The mechanisms he employed may have had weaknesses, but the cause seems to have been very well substantiated by how socialization has overcome middle America and destoyed so much of our potential.
Commercial spokesman for ToysRUs . No,thats Jeffrey Giraffe. Sorry.
OMG, this is the depth of thought that takes up the majority of space in an otherwise vacuous liberal mind.
She and the author seem to think all Republicans are angry white males, too...but Garafolo, Sarandon and Natalie Maines took a far bigger beating from conservative women, because we're tired of these uneduacated, irrational, shallow, hormonally-driven, megalomaniacs vapidly spouting hateful stupidity into the faces of mainstream America, therebye making ALL women look bad.
They seem to have forgotten there is probably no more dangerous creature on Earth than a truely ticked off female.
Just my 2 cents as a conservative woman tired of having these alien beings shoved down our throats as some kind of epitome of womanhood.
He is one NASTY leftie, I think he's British, an old favorite at CNN. I hope the SCUMBAG LAWYERS charge him double for his idiotic loser lawsuit.
Yes, let the Demcrats showcase their loony ideologues -- the Baldwins, Moores, Sarandons, Frankens and Garafalos. With each and every interview a few more Democratic voters realize this party indeed represents the criminally insane.
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