Vp Issue 9: "Rachel Maddow Before the Big Time"
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refugees on CNN and they’re like “Rachel, now how does this relate to gay marriage?” It’s also an interesting challenge to have to be so concise on TV, using language to bring people along with you and also to provoke them. People say, “Isn’t it hard to only have three minutes to argue against the death penalty?” But, you don’t rebel against the restraints, you work within them.
And then, you get to have them on your show!
Yes, like there’s a Republican legislator in Maine who has a purportedly ‘pro-gay’ law that disallows women to abort fetuses who are tested positively for the gay gene?! I get to say “Dude, let’s talk about this on air. How are you going to test for the gay gene? What if it changes its mind?” (laughs) I’m all about bringing the bad guy into sharper relief.
I know when I’ve been on TV they force you into the makeup room and pressure you to coat your face.
At first, I said no make-up, but then I saw myself on TV and it was like Nixon debating Kennedy. Now, I say “Okay, do me up like you’d do a dude.” And they’re like “But you’re so pretty, why would you want to look like a man? How about a little lip gloss?” And I’m like “Hey, look. I look this way on purpose!”
Janeane Garofalo and Rachel Maddow
So, Jerry Springer… People seem kind of angry about that…
Yes, they cancelled Unfiltered on the first anniversary of the show, but my new show is in a good time slot. It has been cleared in LA and NYC, and we’re in 8 of the top 10 markets in the country. I’m really excited about it!
(Susan comes in: “Do either of you want orange-cranberry bread with cream cheese? She pauses. “You know, the one thing I never thought I’d say was that my girlfriend has been replaced by Jerry Springer!”)
I recently heard a right-wing talk show host say that the problem with social security is abortion because we’ve killed 40,000 potential tax payers. It makes me crazy. Do you listen to those guys?
Yes! I don’t enjoy Rush [Limbaugh] because, even though he’s the originator of right-wing talk shows, he has almost become the past. I don’t