Today’s Lady News: Letterman’s Comedy Booker Makes Dig At Female Comics

  • “The Late Show with David Letterman”‘s comedy booker, Eddie Brill, was profiled in The New York Times this weekend, and was asked about how only one woman (Karen Rontowski) was booked on the show during all of 2011. “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic,” he said. “I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men.” Now that he’s being criticized for his sexist attitude and commentary, Eddie Brill is accusing the reporter, Jason Zimon, of having it out for him. The reporter just says he was accurately quoting what the “Letterman” booker said … and, well, the fact that he only booked one woman on his show all year kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  [New York Times, Mediaite, Mirth Mag]
  • Kevin Smith discusses “Comic Book Men,”  his new show about dudes in a comic book shop debuting next month, and how there are no women in the episode. [Think Progress]
  • Anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, uber-reactionary former Senator Rick Santorum has picked up the endorsement of the president of the conservative women’s group Concerned Women for America. The founders of Concerned Women for America threw their support behind Newt Gingrich last week. [ABC News]
  • Cindy Estrada, the vice president of the union United Auto Workers, is being groomed to be the organization’s first female president, as well as the first female Latina president. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Shit people always say to feminists. [YouTube


  • A school in Nunoa, Chile, held a protest on Friday, apparently in response to the mayor Pedro Sabat calling it a “whorehouse.” [Santiago Times]
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands defends her decision to wear a headscarf on a state visit to a mosque in the United Arab Emirates, which she said she did out of respect. She was criticized by an anti-Muslim lawmaker who said the queen wearing the headscarf was her showing support for the oppression of women, which the queen dismissed as “nonsense.” [Guardian UK
  • The Canadian Medical Journal is calling for a fetus’ gender to not be revealed until after 30 weeks of pregnancy, when abortions are rarely performed, so as to cut back on selective abortions of female fetuses. The editor-in-chief of the CMAJ said some immigrants from India, China, Korea and Vietnam have been aborting female fetuses — which of course is sad, but I don’t agree that the best alternative is to force families to have an unwanted child. []
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