Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby says she’s sick of ‘good men’ who speak out about sexual misconduct and doesn’t want to hear them “monologue about misogyny”.
Gadsby made the comments during a powerful speech to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment gala in Los Angeles.
What she said
She told the audience that men have too much power defining good and bad behaviour, saying she finds “good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating”.
“I am sick of turning my television on at the end of the day to find anywhere up to 12 ‘Jimmys’ giving me their hot take,” Gadsby said.
“My problem is that according to the Jimmys, there are only two types of bad men. There are the Weinstein, Bill Cosby types, who are so utterly horrible that they might as well be a different species to the Jimmys.
“And then there are the FOJs — the friends of Jimmys.
“These are apparently good men who misread the rules. Garden variety consent dyslexics. They have the rule book, but they just skimmed it.”
She said when “good men” talked about “bad men”, they drew a line in the sand separating what constituted acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
That was wrong, Gadsby said, because “women should be in control of that line” — and that, inevitably, men would draw a different line for every occasion.
“They have a line for the locker room, a line for when their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters are watching, another line for when they’re drunk and fratting, another line for non-disclosure, a line for friends and a line for foes.
“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.
“Guess what happens when only good men get to draw that line. This world — a world full of good men who do very bad things and still believe in their heart of hearts that they are good men because they have not crossed the line, because they move the line for their own good.”
Gadsby, who grew up in Tasmania, shot to international fame with the success of her Netflix stand-up special Nanette, which was praised for its powerful social commentary.
Her speech in Los Angeles was met with loud applause.
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