Over the years, we’ve witnessed all kinds of tropes among female characters on TV. For once, though, they’re all being flipped on their heads and tossed out as ideas for a male character. Thanks, Margaret Cho, for shining some light on this serious topic.
In the nearly four-minute skit, Cho and her room of comedians go blow-for-blow with the men that run television and their terrible attempts are female characters. For years, women have been nothing more than reactive to the men in that fictional world. They’re given idiotic hobbies, friends to be jealous of and the most ridiculous, silly issues possible to deal with. Bad day? It’s because they’re PMSing or being overly emotional, not because something real or deep might be happening. It’s bogus, and Cho is calling out the lame guys doing it.
In the skit, she and the writers are tweaking their show “The DUFF and the DILF.” Since a chunk of their audience is male, they’re told to give the lead male more of a role. They play with ways to do that in a way we all imagine male writers try to tackle female characters. Why should he have a hot male friend? So we can stare at him. Should he have a hobby? Yes, and it should be boning us. What would make him more emotional/whiny? Blue balls. How can we give him some depth? Go full Game of Thrones and have him raped. Just one problem: How do you make rape funny?
It’s a little crass at times (like all things Margaret Cho does), but so are most writers’ rooms. All in all, Cho and her team hit the nail on the head, and we’re mighty proud of her statement. Female characters on TV need serious work, and we need more females fighting for them during production.