Binders full of women is funny. In both a ha-ha way and in a ARE YOU #(*&$@*(#$ KIDDING ME? way. It’s like a giant comedy present dropped into everyone’s lap.
I imagine late-night is going to make fun of this. How can you not?
Late-night has historically had a pretty poor record on hiring female writers. This information is over a year and a half old, but it has pretty pathetic statistics. Out of all late-night shows, the only ones that have over a 15% female writing staff are The Daily Show (15.4%), Saturday Night Live (25%) and Chelsea Handler (50%).
I hope that everyone continues to make fun of the ridiculousness that comes out of Mitt Romney’s mouth. But in the meantime, I’d also hope that we use it as an opportunity to review our own hiring practices. (And by “our” I mean “your” as I am not in the position to hire anyone but I am currently looking for work.)
If you’re a person in power, an Executive Producer or a Boss Person or the Head of the Party Planning Committee, take a look at the people around you. Is it a diverse bunch?
Let’s just not be the pot calling the kettle a Trapper Keeper.
- Nina Bargiel
Super-liberal, Obama-supporting, television writer
PS. I don’t know what the diversity statistics are, but since BINDERGATE was covering women, I’ve chosen to just discuss that issue specifically.
When we’re done making jokes, maybe we can address this.