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My (probably unpopular) take on #SNL's #KavanaughHearing skit:

I understand that it's important to take a break from all the despair. I understand that comedy can serve as a much needed pressure release valve. Certainly I make jokes. I laugh at other's jokes and 1/
often feel a sense of community because of it. Less alone in seeing the absurdity - the frustrating, rage-inducing absurdity of where we are.

Having said that, I didn't laugh at #MattDamon's impression. Not because Damon has made some really telling and shitty comments 2/
about #MeToo (although the idea that doing this send up might rehabilitate his rep better than any lukewarm apology is insult to injury). But because I couldn't help but imagine how #DrFord would react to it. Beyond that and more importantly from a societal perspective, 3/
I fear that this kind of lampooning has the potential to humanize #Kavanaugh and detract from the horror of what he's accused of, the horror of the system he represents. A bumbling, drunken idiot - not a flashing red sign for win-at-all-costs, 4/
women-are-collateral-damage white male entitlement. A bumbling, drunken idiot - not a man who even before the assault allegations had no place on the bench because of his bitter partisanship, lack of judicial temperament, and questionable relationship with the truth. 5/
That he was portrayed as a rowdy boy instead of a cold, calculating political operative is not merely light comedy. It's part of the problem.

And I expect there are people who will tell me to get a sense of humor. FWIW, I do actually have one. 6/
And I want to be clear, I'm not saying don't laugh at this. We all need some levity right now. I'm simply expressing why I didn't laugh.

#IBelieveHer #KavanaughVote #BelieveSurvivors #SNLPremiere 7/
(And to any Kav supporters who misread this to mean that I'm "on their side" - read it again. I'm not.) /8

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