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“Go find a politician or somebody who’s in charge and poke a popsicle stick up their butt. I’m a comedian. I’m done apologizing, I really am. ... And by the way, everyone who apologizes is faking it. They’re only doing it because they’re gonna get canned.”
—Adam Carolla[1]

Adam Carolla (born May 27, 1964) is an American comedian, radio personality, television host, actor, podcaster, author and director. He hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast which set the record as the "most downloaded podcast" as judged by Guinness World Records in 2011.[2]

Carolla co-hosted the syndicated radio call-in program Loveline from 1995 to 2005 as well as the show's television incarnation on MTV from 1996 to 2000. He was the co-host and co-creator of the television program The Man Show (1999–2004), and the co-creator and a regular performer on the television show Crank Yankers (2002–2007) and replaced Norm MacDonald as the voice of Death on Family Guy.

Carolla has also appeared on the network reality television programs Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice. His book In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2010, and his second book, Not Taco Bell Material, also reached New York Times bestseller status [3] The book was compiled from rants Carolla had delivered on his radio show and podcast along with some new material and was dictated to and ghost-written by Mike Lynch. [4]

An outspoken commentator on various social, political, and religious issues, Carolla has made numerous guest appearances on political talk shows, ranging from Bill Maher's Real Time with Bill Maher to Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor, on which he headlined the weekly segment Rollin' with Carolla. Adam helped write an unproduced screenplay for a movie entitled Deaf Frat Guy: Showdown at Havasu.[5]

[edit] Controversies

Carolla has occasionally made generalizations about various groups, leading to criticism. For example, in a late-2003 Loveline episode, Carolla said that Hawaiians are "dumb," "in-bred," "retarded, " people who are among the "dumbest people we have." The comments were met with anger in Hawaii and resulted in Loveline's cancellation on Hawaiian affiliate KPOI. [6]

On the April 4, 2010, episode of The Adam Carolla Show (podcast), Carolla said of the Philippines: "They got this and sex tours, that's all they have over there. Get your shit together, Philippines." A spokesman for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called Carolla an "ignorant fool." Carolla subsequently apologized via Twitter but later said no one actually apologizes for anything and means it.[7][8][9]

In 2010, the same year he posed for the No H8 campaign (pictured), Carolla said he believes that "a mom and a dad is better than two dads or two moms.[10] In August 2011, Carolla released a podcast where he mocked a petition to the producers of Sesame Street that demanded Bert and Ernie get married on air. He said on air that gay activists should "[j]ust get married, and please shut up" and that "Y.U.C.K." would be more memorable acronym than LGBT, and referring to transgender people he asked: "When did we start giving a shit about these people?"[11]

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation characterized the previous remarks by Carolla as offensive, including an assertion that "all things being equal," heterosexual parents make better parents than homosexual parents. Carolla responded: "I'm sorry my comments were hurtful. I'm a comedian, not a politician."[12][13] GLAAD called the apology "empty."[14][15][16]

In June 2012, Carolla became the target of charges of sexism due to his remarks during an interview published in the New York Post:[17]

"The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was "Don't hire chicks." Do you hate working with women?

No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they're always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I'm just gonna tell her, "Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they'll have to hire you, they can't really fire you, and you don't have to produce that much. It'll be awesome."

The "are women funny" debate has grown very contentious. You're not worried about reactions to this?

I don't care. When you're picking a basketball team, you'll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you're playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there's Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you're playing the odds? No. If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they'd be off TV. They're not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we'd know who she was? Honestly." —{{{2}}}

Despite his clarifications, Carolla's comments were reported as Women Aren't Funny,[18][19][20] resulting in viral criticism from a variety of individuals concerning the perceived innate sexism underlying these statements.[21] Carolla himself criticized the viral reports as overly simplistic and misleading.[22]

If you want to treat it like a problem — and it is a problem — let’s focus on where the problem is. Who are the actual racists? What is the actual homophobia? I’m with you. I’ll grab a pitchfork and be with you.

According to this logic, it's alright if you call someone a derogatory slur as long as they consented to listen to you before hand by buying a ticket not knowing exactly what you were going to give them ahead of time. There are no refunds in stand up comedy and what ever you say is legally protected other than telling the audience there's a fire and inciting a panic for the lulz.

You are in charge of your own feelings. I’m not in charge of your feelings. I’m here to make jokes. I’m here to make commentaries. I’m here to share my opinions,” he said. “Tough shit if you don’t like it.

He doesn't believe in trigger warnings [23] so it seems a fairly safe assumption he doesn't believe words actually have any effect on people, so it's their fault for not laughing not his jokes or getting offended at a crank call,it's entirely up to you if you read Moby Dick and imagine its about whales, when you could have just as easily imagined the plot of War and Peace while reading Moby Dick instead. You see, it's entirely the audience's fault that his social commentary on controversial and often violent topics is not as well received as some other comics. Like Doug Stanhope who hosted The Manshow in its final season, or Sarah Silverman who just fills the token woman position of getting paid more than him, or Dave Chappelle whose allowed to say words he can't, just apparently no gay jokes, much like Stephen Colbert recently found out. [24] [25]. Although that doesn't really explain why his last TV comedy special wikipedia lists was never. Who needs TV specials when you've got podcasts? It has nothing to do with using scantily clad women, little people, large gulps of beer and shots of the audience as filler to have scrape together 30 minutes worth of material every week like Jimmy Kimmel Live! does nightly.

[edit] See also

  1. Adam Carolla Says He’s ‘Done Apologizing’ For Jokes About Race And Sexuality
  2. "'Adam Carolla Show' breaks podcast world record – Celebrity News". Digital Spy. May 19, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  3. [Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  4. "Book Talk w/ Mike Lynch". The Adam Carolla Show. November 1, 2010. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  5. Adam Carolla interview on Leo The Film Freak, June 21, 2008.
  6. Cataluna, Lee (December 23, 2003)."KPOI, listeners cry foul", Honolulu Advertiser.
  7. "US comedian calls Pacquiao 'illiterate', bashes Pinoys". ABS-CBN (Manila, Philippines). April 4, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/04/04/10/us-comedian-calls-pacquiao-illiterate-bashes-pinoys. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  8. "Adam Carolla Angers Philippines With Rant About Pacquiao, Sex Tourism". Huffington Post. April 5, 2010. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/05/adam-carolla-angers-phili_n_525412.html. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  9. Carolla, Adam. Twitter comment. Twitter.com.
  10. Garcia, Michelle (15 August 2011). "Adam Carollas Sorry for AntiTrans Rant". Advocate.com. http://www.advocate.com/news/daily-news/2011/08/15/adam-carollas-antitrans-rant. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  11. "Transcript of the August 11, 2011, Adam Carolla Show". Paperlined.org. August 11, 2011. http://paperlined.org/external/Adam_Carolla_2011-08-11.html. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  12. TMZ Staff (August 15, 2011)."Adam Carolla – Gay Rights Group PISSED Over Anti-LGBT Tirade", TMZ.
  13. Rich Ferraro (August 15, 2011)."GLAAD Taking Action Against Adam Carolla's Anti-LGBT Remarks". GLAAD. (press release).
  14. On Top Magazine Staff."Adam Carolla's Apology Labeled 'Empty' By Gay Rights Group GLAAD". On Top Magazine. August 17, 2011.
  15. Nedegog, Jethro. "Adam Carolla Is Sorry His Anti-LGBT 'Comments Were Hurtful'." Hollywood Reporter. August 15, 2011.
  16. Nessif, Bruna. "Adam Carolla Kinda Apologizes for Remarks About LGBT Community." E! Online. August 15, 2011.
  17. Larry Getlen."The Man's Man". The NY Post. June 16, 2012.
  18. Marah Eakin."Adam Carolla doesn't think women are funny". The AV Club. June 19, 2012.
  19. Kenneally, Tim (June 20, 2012). "Adam Carolla says women aren’t funny, but gay jokes are". Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20120624021949/http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Comedian+Adam+Carolla+says+women+aren+funny+jokes/6813170/story.html. 
  20. Jennifer Brett (June 20, 2012). "Adam Carolla: Women are not funny | The Buzz". Blogs.ajc.com. http://blogs.ajc.com/the-buzz/2012/06/20/adam-carolla-women-are-not-funny/?cxntlid=thbz_hm. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  21. Natalie Finn."Joke's on Him: Adam Carolla Slammed for Saying Men are Funnier Than Women". E! Online. June 19, 2012.
  22. "Brad Williams Live From the Irvine Improv". Adam Carolla Show Podcast. ACE Broadcasting. June 22, 2012. http://www.adamcarolla.com/brad-williams-live-from-the-irvine-improv/. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QHEsBMOOwg
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=60&v=sUpjM5tIaUU
  25. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/06/opinions/stephen-colbert-gold-callan-cevallos/index.html
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