Please Don't Scream at Us, Billy Eichner, We Love Your Show
BY Jami Smith
January 18 2012 10:50 AM ET
Your comedic style is pretty bold. What kind of role do
you think political correctness plays in comedy? You were the guest when Lance
Bass was co-hosting Access Hollywood and
got in trouble for saying “trannies.” Do you think people were too sensitive?
I think there is a huge under appreciation for context. Context is
everything when you’re putting a stand up act together or talking on TV or
editing a movie. Context is everything. You can’t just take quick sound bites
and make a story out of one word. In terms of what happened at Access
Hollywood, I thought Lance handled it as well as he could afterward and wrote a
very articulate and honest blog about it the next day apologizing. He didn’t intend to mean any harm at
all. He’s one of the only openly gay celebrities. It’s difficult sometimes to
navigate. I remember a time when Project Runway was on, they were saying that word all of the time. That was only a
few years ago. If that changed, that’s fine but sometimes we don’t all know
that it changed and we’re in the
gay community. On our show, we play around with things. I’m an equal
opportunity offender. I talk about gay people, black people, I make fun of
myself. I make fun of everyone. If we have a segment that feels edgy, I am not
going to appeal to the lowest common denominator because I’m going to offend
someone. I’m not going to worry if someone doesn’t get it. If you are offended,
go write a blog about it.
Tell me some of your favorite moments. What contestants
We’ve had a lot of really incredible
moments. One viral thing from this season so far is there’s a semi toothless
man who I got into an argument with about Meryl Streep versus Glenn Close. I
had been walking around all day talking about it because I have a huge Meryl
obsession. I love Meryl Streep. I even saw the movie, Prime, Jami. I’m a big fan. I approached this man and,
again, here is a person who you would think would not have anything to say
about Meryl Streep, let alone Glenn Close, let alone anyone in pop culture. He
had only half the amount of teeth he should’ve. He comes down so
strongly on the side of Glenn Close and doesn’t let up. Even after I walk away,
he keeps talking to the camera and makes this crazy but logical argument on why
he prefers Glenn Close. It’s one of the more absurd things that has happened in
my life, let alone the show.
Glenn lost the Golden Globe to Meryl the other night,
I know!My favorite part of the Golden Globes was her icy
death stare when Meryl won.
It’s a stare she’s done before.
Yeah, she has two looks and that’s one of
them. Glenn Close finally gets back in the movie game after years of cable and
theater and she was never going to win for that weird little movie where she
plays a man that no one’s going to see. But to be beaten by Meryl, again,
after all of those years in the ’80s, it’s really cruel. It was all in her
eyes. A great Hollywood moment.
The same look that Elton gave Madonna when she won.
That was beautiful. You can’t write that.
Any upsets or people you thought shouldn’t be nominated?
The thing about the Golden Globes is that
half of them shouldn’t be nominated. I miss the years when Sharon Stone would
win for Best Actress and she hadn’t even been in a movie that year. Those were
the best years. They’ve gotten slightly too legitimate for my taste. I was
surprised that Brad Pitt isn’t winning. I just assume that he is going win for Moneyball
because he hasn’t won and Clooney has. I think Jonah Hill is what is throwing Moneyball off. People want Jonah to stay fat. Just stay fat.
You found something that works. I don’t like when these fat guys get skinny. I
love when the fat men always have thin anorexic supermodel girlfriends because
it would never be the opposite. Gabourey Sidibe shows up alone to award shows.
It’s not like she’s going show up with Tom Brady. The opposite would never
happen. Melissa McCarthy, I love her but she’s got a fat husband. If she were a
man, she would be showing up with Elle Macpherson as her date. She is, by the
way, one of our finest actresses. So glad she got her due. Not a dry eye in the
house. I’m sure her and Sidney Poitier had a lot to talk about.
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on the Fuse Network, which you can find on your television here. Follow
Billy on Twitter at @billyeichner.