Where Garofalo Roam

I know you’ve probably forgotten her, the Helen Thomas of her generation. But the lovel… well, talen… uh… Janeane Garofalo clings to relevance like a shipwreck victim to a life preserver:


I have lint, therefore I am.

It’s been two and a half years since the last episode of Fox’s thriller television series “24,” but the show is evidently still fresh on liberal comedienne and former “24? star Janeane Garofalo’s mind.

In an appearance on the January 3 episode of the “Going Off Track” podcast, Garofalo said show creator and executive producer Joel Surnow picked certain cast members to make liberals — particularly Hillary Clinton — look bad.

“That was actually a joke I think Joel Surnow was trying to plant,” Garofalo said. “He hated my politics and Air America. He’s a real right-winger. He actually worked with the Republican Party producing propaganda campaigns with them.”

“Actually, Rush Limbaugh and Lynne Cheney would visit the set and stuff like that,” she continued. “But he wanted to make me look like a weak ‘liberal’ on the show. My character got yelled at a number of times by [series protagonist] Jack [Bauer]. Then it got sidetracked by the writers’ strike. He didn’t get to play out the whole thing he had in mind for my character, because there was a writers’ strike. … Joel Surnow I think wanted to humiliate me.”

Garofalo claimed Surnow made a deliberate effort to rile her up during the show’s production.

“He would also try and play ‘gotcha’ with me all the time. He would try to wind me up all the time in between takes, and some of the dialogue he had was just shitting on liberals.”

Garofalo added that she believed Surnow wanted to use “24” as a platform to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy by casting Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor on the show.

“And also, he wanted Cherry Jones to play the president that season as a slam at Hillary,” she said. “He wanted it to seem unappealing. Unfortunately, the fans loved Cherry Jones as the president. She was wonderful. But it was made to frighten you from a Hillary candidacy.”

“This all might sound like, ‘Ah, that’s crazy,’ but don’t underestimate a right-winger actually with power and money,” Garofalo added. “They will use any platform. But his Cherry Jones thing backfired, and the thing he had planned for me backfired because of the writers’ strike.”

Surnow dismissed the assertions, but I like Rush’s summation best:

[T]he casting of Cherry Jones as a female president, it was not made to alarm people about Hillary. The Cherry Jones character was not unlikable. I just wanted to get this out of the way because these people are not backing away or backing off. In their victory, they are even angrier and more fit to be tied even than when they win.

They have nothing without anger, they are nothing without anger. Garofalo is nothing even with anger.

Question: If the casting of Cherry Jones as the president was supposed to scare people off Hillary (a dubious proposition given Jones’ talent and the high esteem she holds in the theater), doesn’t it follow that the tactic was instrumental to the emergence of Barack Obama, who took advantage of the supposed tactic? Is she saying that’s a bad thing? I thought criticism of Obama was “racism, straight up”.

Speaking of nobodys, who’s the guy she’s talking to?

And what does it say about Democrats—who were the only ones ever to be given a chance to vote for Hillary—that they could be scared away by such a depiction?

By her own definition, Garofalo is a liberal-bashing, black-hating racist, straight up. Her obscurity is well-deserved.

And put your shirt down. You’re not four years old anymore.

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