Political correctness usually doesn’t stop a stand up comedian from delivering content. Everyone can be made fun of, but in an interview with Salon published on Monday, the comedian had a few things to get off his chest when it comes to being perceived as anti-gay for comments he made back in 2011.
In the interview, Carolla claims that a gay mafia is definitely a reality especially after coming under fire for those perceived anti-gay comments from a number of LGBT rights groups. The blunt of the criticism came in August 20ll when he went on a rant on gay marriage triggered by the gay controversy surrounding “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie. As part of the rant he said that gay people should “get married and shut up” and what came off more offensive was his suggestion that gay people should also call themselves “Yuck.”
The former host of the 1999-2004 Comedy Central show “The Man Show” is still furious about not being able to express what’s on his mind even on a comedic nature. As he has said over and over again and even when apologizing, he is not a politician, he is a comedian. Although he has these thoughts and openly expresses his feelings in his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head,” Carolla tells Salon that he is not anti-gay.
“You can’t make it in Hollywood and get along in this business and be in theater companies and improve companies and have issues with gay people. My last movie I did was a boxing movie called ‘The Hammer,’ and the director [Charles Herman-Wurmfeld] was gay. If you can’t work with gay people, you’re gonna have a difficult time in Hollywood. There’s plenty of gay people, and they’re in positions above you. You’re not going to get your movie directed.”
He goes on to say that gay people have turned into to a mafia by demanding and threatening action against anyone who says something as a joke that may be offensive on some level. He says, “It’s turned into something that’s bigger than it is.” Whether Carolla is right or not when it comes to his his assessment of a gay mafia is up for debate, but often times issues are raised or protested by members of the LGBT community to open dialogue and in many cases to transcend an awareness.