Jenny Slate may be part of an unintentional cohort of hilarious women who are dominating the TV comedy scene, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she wants to be grouped with them. And before you bristle a little bit at that, like I did, hear her out. Slate has great reasons for not wanting to be lumped into a group with the likes of Abbi Jacobson and Lena Dunham.
“It’s lovely to be put into a group with these women,” Slate said, acknowledging what was clearly a New York Times Magazine reporter’s attempt at a compliment. But, she added, “I also don’t think that we’re very similar other than that we’re women and we all have vaginas and we don’t seem to be very scared of that. It’s annoying to be oversimplified.”
Listen: Jacobson, Dunham and Slate are all talented women working on high-quality projects. But their projects, styles and formats are not similar at all. The only thing they really have in common is that they work in comedy — and they have vaginas, as Slate pointed out.
It’s kind of like asking Zach Galifianakis how it feels to be grouped among the likes of Alec Baldwin and Jason Bateman. They all do comedy. They all have penises. But their styles and projects are so vastly different, how can you even compare the three of them? Also, no reporter would ever draw that comparison, so you can see why Slate was low-key offended.
Still, she handled that graciously because she’s a boss-ass queen, and here we are loving her even more than we already did. We didn’t even know that was possible.