Silverman and Schumer. Sufferers of "Boy" envy.
In yesterday's Variety, TV critic Brian Lowry embarrassed himself by revealing not only is he really kind of scared of girls who tell jokes that he considers too ribald for vagina-possessors, but he also demonstrated that he has a real thing for plagiarizing himself.
In a shitty writeup of Sarah Silverman's new special, which he titled "Sarah Silverman's Bad Career Move: Being As Dirty As The Guys," Lowry finds Silverman "maddening" because despite being attractive, she simply refuses to tell the kind of dainty material more suited to a pretty lady with a microphone. Here's how he opened his review:
"Despite all manner of career-friendly gifts – from her looks to solid acting chops – she’s limited herself by appearing determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys..."
The worst part about this review isn't that he's revealing himself to adhere to a sexist double-standard for what men and women should say on stage. It's not that he has such little familiarity with the world of comedy that he doesn't know what an antiquated notion it is to think only "the boys" can tell a pussy joke. It's that the guy is so limited as a writer and a critic that he threw the exact same criticism at Amy Schumer seven months ago.
Here's how Lowry opened his April 24th review of Inside Amy Schumer: