Janeane Garofalo, in Black and White

I first saw noted political philosopher Janeane Garofalo when she appeared on “The A-List,” Sandra Bernhard’s showcase for new comics (1992-1993), a year before her “breakthrough” role in the movie “Reality Bites” (1994).  Sandra’s show, like Sandra’s career, and now it seems Janeane’s too, fizzled out too soon, and perhaps for similar reasons (psyches with the wrong recipe of envy, bitterness, and talent).  [Curiously “The A-List” has been thrown down the memory hole, not part of Bernhard’s Internet Movie Database bio; perhaps the comparison with sister Leftover comedienne Kathy Griffin’s long-running, wildly successful “The D-List” (2004-2010) would be just too painful.  One wonders if Ms. Garofalo’s own history will be similarly wiped clean of embarrassing moments in the future?]


I remember Janeane being very good in that set.  I don’t remember what she said or did, except that she wore a butch leather biker jacket with a teeny skirt (denim I think), that made me think she was a cute baby dyke (as many have mistaken her for since) and obviously turned Sandra’s crank.  At the time I also thought she was just poor and owned no other clothes; it turns out however, that whatever her personal finances were, the little Leftover darlin’s daddy Carmine Garofalo is an Exxon executive.


I recently watched Janeane Garofalo’s half hour of stand up on HBO.  It contained no current events references so it was hard to tell when it was from (it may have been a repeat from 1995).  It was a non-stop attack on good looking women, good looking people in general, models, and thin people.  The nature of her critique was NOT that unusually tall, thin, beautiful women are being held up as the highest and best life for young girls, instead of suggesting that they emulate Madame Curie, Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher, Venus and Serena Williams or Meg Whitman.  She called good looking, tall, healthy people “freaks” and suggested that perhaps they should not exist — because they make her feel bad about herself because she is barely 5 feet tall and has a more average body type.  Now comedienne Kathy Griffin, whose politics are the identical Leftover programming that fills Garofalo’s noggin, is arguably both less physically attractive and older than Janeane, yet she is wildly more successful.  Ms. Griffin’s persona is that of a rapid fire, hyperactive, materialistic, pay-me-now achiever; Ms. Garofalo’s identity as an acerbic slacker girl is by contrast slow and soporific.  Apparently it is not the lack of a Garbo-esque face or a Bo Derekian body that prevents Ms. Garofalo from being a superstar.


Perusing Ms. Garafalo’s biography one sees that she has had addiction problems with both cigarettes and alcohol, and underwent breast reduction surgery to drop from a D cup to a B.  One also sees that she has a habit of losing out or turning down blockbuster roles in film (to Courtney Cox in “Scream” in 1996 and to Renee Zellweger in “Jerry McGuire” the same year) and television (she turned down the role of “Monica” on “Friends”).  One can imagine that her career choices would leave many people consumed with bitterness and envy, though she may be happy with them.  Only she knows for sure.


But her Leftover politics are all about envy.  Leftists envy achievement and success and want to stop it, enslave those who flourish, punish those who produce.  In the United States they often do this by spitting at the entire society and demanding that no one be happy and everyone give up their freedom and livelihood to atone for the crime of slavery.  Even though both the slaves and slave owners are all dead (many of the former dying at sea before they could be delivered to the Americas) and one can argue that American wealth was not produced by slavery, which is not a productive economic system.  That an individual slave trader or plantation owner became wealthy from slavery no more means that it created wealth for the economy as a whole than does the personal fortune amassed by a war profiteer.  Both represent the mis-allocation of resources (as well as heinous violations of individual rights) and a loss to society.  Garofalo has this view of American society as inherently evil:  “Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, ‘Oh my God, you’re insulting me.’ That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, ‘We’re here, we’re queer!’ — that’s what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride.”  Tellingly virtually all Leftovers continue to condone and promote the current slave trade where black children are sold to educrat unions in exchange for Democratic campaign contributions.


And so Garofalo was trotted out to perform on Keith Olberman’s show on the curiously all white(-hosted) MSNBC, where she spat at the Tea Partiers, who are about to throw so many of her political heroes out of office: “Let’s be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don’t know their history at all. It’s about hating a black man in the White House. That is racism straight up. This is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.”


Now this was not Garofalo’s first foray into spitting at friends of human liberty and siding with tyrants.  In the past she has produced such impassioned defenses of freedom as:  “The world would be better off with multiple superpowers. When Communist USSR was a superpower, the world was better off.”  Notice that Garofalo does not call for an end to empire, entangling alliances, foreign intervention, military solutions, or for the rise of a multipolar world with strong, free countries moving towards free markets (like India, Brazil or even China).  She praises the Soviets.  Someone call Susan Sontag.


Or consider such odes to tolerance as:  “You know what is good about these Dixie Chicks burnings or bashings? It’s a wonderful, wonderful way for really stupid people to hook up. They meet, they throw some things on the fire, they talk about Vin Diesel, they tell stories about who their favorite Fox anchor is, they exchange phone numbers and in some cases has led to marriages.”


Ms. Garofalo and her ilk are why I am boycotting, and advocating that others boycott, Hollywood and the entertainment networks, especially George Clooney, Sara Jessica Parker and all the others who libel and smear advocates of liberty like Rand Paul or the Tea Partiers and who defend the Obama regime.  Not a penny, not one dime for their statist, totalitarian pockets!

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About BruceMajors

freelance writer at Daily Caller, The Hill, reason, Breitbart
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