Janeane Garofalo drew a fair amount of unwarranted flack a couple years ago when she dared to take a role on 24, a show whose torture-filled plotlines don’t quite match up with her own well-known progressive views. Now that same old non-issue is back in the news because Garofalo has told The Village Voice that she snubbed such fine Americans as Rush Limbaugh and Lynne Cheney when they visited the set of 24. “I refused to have my picture taken with them or meet them or anything,” Garofalo recalled. “When somebody came to me privately and said ‘do youwant to meet them?’, I said absolutely not.” Good for her! The fact that Garofalo acts in an apparently right-leaning fictional television show does not obligate her to get pals-y in real life with the likes of Limbaugh and Cheney.
In fact, it sounds to me like Garofalo was far nicer than she needed to be. She told the Voice that she “didn’t want to make a scene out of it” when Limbaugh and Cheney arrived: “I would never have made a big show of it and embarrassed people who worked there.” Let me tell you, if I was offered the opportunity to greet Rush Limbaugh, I don’t know if I’d be able to muster that kind of polite restraint. Gawker, meanwhile, actually faults Garofalo for not making a bigger scene: “But, hey, at least Garofalo mounted a private act of semi-defiance, whichmay or may not have been noticed, in between cashing paychecks.” Yes, Gawker, your liberal activist cred is soooo much more impressive and purer than Janeane Garofalo’s. Holier-than-thou FAIL.
I guess Garofalo is just damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t for some people. What do you think? Should she have done something differently when Rush and Lynne graced her with their presences? Do you even care about this?
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