Having put up with that “The Daily Show” Is Sexist Because It Only Has One Full-Time Female On-Air Correspondent Internet meme (read the Jezebel piece here) for the past few weeks, the show’s female staffers have penned a rebuttal.
And it’s pretty incredible. Read it all here. But here’s an excerpt:
The Daily Show isn’t a place where women quietly suffer on the sidelines as barely tolerated tokens. On the contrary: just like the men here, we’re indispensable. We generate a significant portion of the show’s creative content and the fact is, it wouldn’t be the show that you love without us.
So, who are the women of The Daily Show?
If you think the only women who help create this show are a couple of female writers and correspondents, you’re dismissing the vast majority of us. Actually, we make up 40% of the staff, and we’re not all shoved into the party-planning department (although we do run that, and we throw some kick-ass parties). We are co-executive producers, supervising producers, senior producers, segment producers, coordinating field producers, associate producers, editors, writers, correspondents, talent coordinators, production coordinators, researchers, makeup artists, the entire accounting and audience departments, production assistants, crew members, and much more. We were each hired because of our creative ability, our intelligence, and above all, our ability to work our asses off to make a great show.
The letter notes that since Jon Stewart took over the show, “(he) has worked hard to create an environment where
people feel respected and valued regardless of their gender or position.”