filed in Monthly on Jun.07, 2012
This month’s article is actually a personal apology that Jason Alexander wrote after appearing on the Craig Ferguson show. On the show, Alexander performed what he deemed a comical routine and described cricket as a “gay” sport. He went on to make homophobic remarks and movements during the routine that substantiate his larger argument.
After the show, he received tweets from individuals who had been personally offended. Initially, he did not understand how he had offended anyone, however, upon reflection and much dialogue with his close gay friends; he began to understand how his comments contributed to the normalization of violence against individuals who are gender nonconforming or who may identify as gay and lesbian.
Alexander closes his apology by stating:
“In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come.”
Through his self reflection, Alexander challenges comedy at its very core. He beckons us to consider how we can create comedy that moves away from supporting different forms of oppression.