The Australian comedian became a household name seemingly overnight when Netflix released her comedy special Nanette earlier this year. The special is half comedy and half a deep delve into the trauma of being a queer woman, the pain of sexual assault, and ruminations on the nature of writing comedy.
While the special caused quite a bit of backlash over if it counts as ‘comedy’ (no similar debates were raised over other alt-y specials produced this year), Gatsby has been unafraid to speak publically about feminism. She spoke at the 2018 Emmys saying, “ That’s a joke, of course. Just jokes, fellas, calm down. You know, #NotAllMen, but a lot of ’em. No, it is just jokes, but what are jokes these days? We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are. Especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That’s why I’m presenting alone.”
In her most recent public speech, Gadsby said, “I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men.” She goes on, “I find good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating,” noting the new role men have in call-out culture and with heavy topics such as #MeToo. “You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line… And guess what? All men believe they are good.”
She calls out “the Jimmys,” in a possible reference to talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, who are only able to see bad men as extreme predators or simply friends who have made mistakes. She punctuated this with, “We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for a different occasion.”
You can watch the full, nearly 8-minute, explosive speech here: