Intro for March 7, 2017
The two major celebrity interviews/profiles I read yesterday: David Letterman in New York Magazine and Chrissy Teigen in Glamour. Letterman is, as we all know, a legend. He was irreverent when he was on late night and now that he’s retired, he really has no f-cks to give. Chrissy, in many ways, is just starting her ascent. It’s obvious that we have a big crush on her here at LaineyGossip because, unlike so many of her peers, Chrissy also has no f-cks to give. Which is why those of us who love her love her. But it costs her. It costs more for someone like Chrissy to give no f-cks than someone like David Letterman.
The Letterman interview is Letterman freestyling – about politics, about the president, about his career, about his writers’ room. Here’s the question:
Your writers’ room over the years didn’t exactly have the most egalitarian reputation.
Here’s his answer:
‘I don’t know about my writers’ room. I never went to the writers’ room, so I have no idea what went on there. I stayed away: “Just call me when you’re done.”’
David Letterman was directly asked about equality in the workplace because his workplace was known not to be all that equal. And… because he’s David Letterman, he can afford to answer by not answering. Which, apparently, is how he handled it then too. By not handling it. But no one is talking about this today. Almost all of the reaction coming out of this interview has to do with how he lit up Donald Trump. And all of his amazing/funny/awesome quotes. And they WERE amazing and funny and awesome, those quotes. But also? He either admits to remaining willfully ignorant of inequality in the workplace or doesn’t defend the honour of his allegedly in unequal workplace. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say here then that he didn’t and doesn’t care all that much. Would he care more if he had a girl? Note what he says later on in the discussion when talking about his son, Harry:
“The universe of worries and anxieties that I possess with regard to my son’s welfare seems to be infinite. Now, if I had a daughter, then I would have ill treatment from men to add to that universe of worries and anxieties.”
Thanks Dave! Look, I’m not here to dump on David Letterman. But he’s just spent most of the interview criticising the people who are in power and the f-cked up value system they’re endorsing and enforcing – and he’s being celebrated for it and everyone’s all like, oh man, Letterman’s the voice we’ve been missing all this time! But when he’s saying that the very people he’s mocking have a responsibility to be better, does it mean he can pick and choose when and how he does or doesn’t have to be better?
David Letterman isn’t in the job anymore, sure. And so the easy way to wave this off is to say that he’s a relic, he’s almost 70, no longer behind that desk every night from Monday to Friday, largely absent from the spotlight. Yeah but it didn’t cost him when he was in the spotlight either. And to go back to Chrissy, it will always cost more for someone like Chrissy Teigen. Which is why, in her piece for Glamour, you can see her going out of her way, even when she mentions that she was at the Super Bowl or the Grammys, to assure you that she has anxiety about telling you that she was invited to those events for fear you will accuse her of being “cringeworthily unrelatable” … as she’s writing an essay about her struggle with postpartum depression! That’s the built-in apology that a David Letterman doesn’t have to worry about offering. But that’s what Chrissy Teigen has to do be able to operate in this world. What she’s learned to do to operate in this world.
Click here to read the full David Letterman article in New York Magazine. And click here to read about Chrissy Teigen’s experience with postpartum depression and why she decided to come forward with her story, so that other women who are going through a similar situation can hopefully seek treatment without shame or embarrassment.
Yours in gossip,