Not that this is something to be joked about, but I really wish she had been joking. Comedians have a habit of acting out when things like politics don’t go their way and sometimes, it just doesn’t come out that funny. Case in point, Jena Friedman on Stephen Colbert when he was hosting a live election special.
Far from joking, Friedman voiced how she really felt about the election saying, “I feel as if I’m about to give birth to a baby that’s already dead.” She then went on to tell women to hurry up and get their abortions. Seriously, can these people get anymore sick in the head?
NB has the story:
A comedian and filmmaker, Friedman formerly served as a Daily Show producer and Letterman writer. She works as a National Geographic Explorer correspondent and hosts her own stand-up special, American C*nt.
Colbert took note of that when he introduced Friedman as a “stand-up comedian who calls herself an ‘American C-word.’” “Even on Showtime,” he joked, “I’m not saying that one.”
But that didn’t mean everything was off limits. Far from it.
“Were you watching backstage?” he asked Friedman of the election results. “Anything that you want to tell us about how you’re feeling right now?”
In an attempt to be humorous, Friedman brought up two topics that never mix well: babies and death.
“I feel as if I’m about to give birth to a baby that’s already dead,” she responded, before laughing.
Another guest on the show, Charlamagne Tha God, added, “We call that a stillborn baby.”
ater in the show, Colbert came back to Friedman. “Do you think she can still pull it out?” he asked her about Hillary Clinton. “Do you have any hope left?”
This time, Friedman asked Colbert if he wanted her “TV friendly answer” first. He responded with a “no” – and so she went even further.
“It feels like an asteroid has just smacked into our democracy,” she began. “It is so scary and sad and heartbreaking. And I just wish I could be funny. Get your abortions now because we’re going to be fucked and we’re going to have to live with it.”