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dee3nahDeenah Vollmer
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Let's talk about women in comedy for just a second. (Reposted from Facebook) I've never once responded to any articles about The Pizza Underground, but this one, wow! As a co-founder and one of the “considerably less famous” Pizza Underground members, I find Eugenia Williamson's use of the backlash she received against her original post to rail against how women are treated in journalism and comedy to be, ironically, totally offensive to women. Yes, as a fellow female journalist and comedian (of sorts), I am certainly for equal wages and respect, but the answer is not to pathetically attempt to make fun of a celebrity in the public eye and to then discredit the backlash by blaming the patriarchy. By capitalizing off the media attention she is critiquing, the writer is stooping as low as the system she blames. "I was a nobody making fun of a somebody. I was a woman making fun of a man. I was a middling freelance writer making fun of a celebrity millionaire. I believe I was scorned for not respecting the order of things,” she wrote in this article published, for some reason, yesterday. The backlash Williamson got for her original post is not because she is a not-funny woman, it’s because the so-called article she wrote is not funny period, and her sloppiness as a journalist undermines her cause entirely. What if instead of making fun of former child stars, she mentioned the female comedians in the band, the ones who were too un-famous for her to deem worthy of an interview? Whether she liked the show or not, thought we were funny or not, much of our jokes are written and performed by the women in the band, myself and Phoebe Kreutz, a musical comedy writer and one of the funniest people I know. Williamson attended our show in Boston, but said nothing about it in the article, in lieu of mentioning getting free whiskeys from the bartender. Williamson is miffed that our publicist would not grant her an exclusive interview with Macaualy Culkin, but many much more experienced journalists from both genders and top-tier publications were also denied the same interview. Mack is one of five in the band, and not even a founding member. Sure, he is a celebrity and the rest of us are not, but by refusing to grant exclusive interviews with Mack, our band was doing what we could to balance the media attention. Of course, there is little we can do diffuse the spotlight from Mack, and despite our best efforts, people were not going to stop calling us, as the title of this article does, “Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground,” but at least we were attempting to honor our own mission. On a positive note, reading this article made me aware of all the rad people who came to our defense like John Darnielle, Alex Goldman, Tom Scharpling, and Patton Oswalt. Sweet.