Christmas in May: A Janeane Garofalo interview
: Oh boy, oh boy, I go to Alternet and what do I find but a Janeane Garofalo interview with the Progressive that was done just as war started. A few crunchy nuggets:
Q: What’s your opinion on the current state of the mainstream media?
Garofalo: The mainstream media has, in my opinion, been so grossly negligent, so disturbingly devoid of authentic debate, and actual dissemination of information….
The parents of the troops who die and the parents of Iraqi civilians who die should have the right to slap a lot of these media outlets with a suit of criminal negligence. Military parents would have a legitimate case, especially against Fox and the New York Post for cheerleading this thing the whole way, for waving the flag, and using knee-jerk, sycophantic, pseudo-patriotism as a tool to galvanize public opinion.
Say what? Sue on what basis? Opinion? You’re the one complaining that people are daring to disagree with your opinion and now you want people to sue others over their opinions? That’s every bit as stupid as it sounds.
Q: Do you think it’s possible to have a liberal media network?
Garofalo: It is possible. What’s not possible is to penetrate the wall of opposition. The myth is it can’t work. Phil Donahue was working, but MSNBC took it off for their own rightwing agenda.
Phil Donahue was working? Compared to what? If Phil Donahue is the best video provocateur (we) liberals can come up with, it’s a sad and sorry state.
Q: Do you have plans to tour again?
Garofalo: No…. I have no plans to travel at this point, in part because nothing’s funny to me.
Q: Why is that?
Garofalo: There’s been such an assault on democracy here, and the mainstream media is complicit in it. We are living in neo-McCarthy, post-democratic times. Democracy is being criminalized. Democracy is being ignored….
I never imagined that I would never care about dumb things anymore. I never imagined I’d be a person who could transcend that kind of nonsense. But beyond that, I never imagined I would be penalized for speaking out in favor of social justice. I never thought that anyone who spoke out for peace, and diplomacy, and social justice would be pilloried.
I’m frequently depressed, just have a general malaise. And I don’t mean a malaise of indifference, I mean a malaise of sadness and fear. I’ve always been alarmed by some of the things that the mainstream media does and by what the government does, no matter who’s in office, but the broken heart is new.
So, once again, it’s all about Janeane: Janeane the transcender of nonsense, Janeane the pilloried spokesperson for peace, Janeane who just doesn’t care about dumb things, Janeane the queen of ennui.
You can never, never underestimate the ego of a star, even a small one.
Janeane: Democracy is far from dead. Disagreement is what democracy is all about.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the spotlight!