Sunday, March 27, 2005

Nick notes Janeane Garofalo for Women's History Month

Nick: In today's New York Times, there is a story on Janeane Garofalo who is an actress, comedian and radio host. She is also a strong voice against the war. And as you read the article and think about how she was one of the few voices speaking out against the war before the war, can anyone doubt this woman's strength?

The article talks about how she received threats for speaking out. That didn't stop her. She's brave. Not because she's thick skinned and doesn't care what people think, but because she cares more that people wake up.

When you listen to her on The Majority Report, you hear her speaking and making jokes, getting angry and upset, and all the time there's this huge concern for what we are doing and where we are headed. Thanks to The Majority Report, at the end of the day, I don't come home, flop down on the couch and turn on the TV losing myself to the mind-numbing prime time programs. Instead, I turn on the radio and listen to The Majority Report and am able to learn about what's going on in the world and usually meet some interesting guests that I've never heard of before.

The article says that Janeane will be taking two weeks off next month to shoot a pilot for a sitcom and remembering last time when she was gone from The Majority Report, I would offer this to the producers, do not give us two weeks of male co-hosts again. The show has a great balance and that went out the window when Janeane was gone except when they had [Naomi] Klein co-host once and [Katrina vanden] Heuvel co-host another time. Those women aren't Janeane copies because there's only one Janeane. But they did keep the show balanced and on topic. When [Sam] Seder had a male co-host it turned into the sort of sillyness I hear on sports radio (which is never really about sports, just three or four guys commenting on Desperate Housewives and whatever else people are talking about).

But there really is only one Janeane and, like Rebecca, I think "she's funny and smart and, no matter what she says, she's gorgeous."