Last week, Rolling Stone published their “50 Funniest People Now” list and featured only 12 women out of 52 comics.
I have a number of problems with the article, not limited to but including the fact that a) For a publication that considers itself edgy, the only surprise in the list is that they shoehorned 52 names into a “Top 50″ list, b) They audaciously claim Tina Fey’s 2008 Sarah Palin sketches were not “mean-spirited,” and c) They leave world’s most downloaded podcaster, comedian Adam Carolla, off the list entirely. I would bet big money that Carolla is ommitted purely because he doesn’t resemble RS’s politically correct world view. Still, according to Rolling Stone, the Podcast King and bestselling author is not as funny as Charles Barkley or Joan Rivers.
Yet, the most newsworthy item is the breakdown of 40 men to 12 women on the list.
In June of last year, Carolla was ripped unmercifully in countless media outlets for saying in an interview with the New York Post that “dudes are funnier than chicks.” He clarified that he didn’t mean that all “dudes” are funnier than all “chicks,” but that a greater percentage of men are funny:
The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks
When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.
If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV.
But this was the headline of the Post article: “The man’s manMacho laughman Adam Carolla says Tom Cruise is from outer space and women just aren’t funny.” Of course, Carolla never said women “aren’t funny,” he said they’re not as funny as men.
Predictably, the media attempted to brand him as a sexist.
Now let’s return to the Rolling Stone article, where they list over three times as many men as women in their list of top comedians right now. The only reasonable conclusion to draw from it is that Rolling Stone considers men funnier, and yet, when Carolla said this, he was tarred and feathered.
So which is it, are men funnier than women or is Rolling Stone sexist?
Needless to say, Rolling Stone will never have to answer that question because they hold the trump card. As long as they have a left-of-center value system, they will be protected by the rest of the mainstream media.