The liberal firebrand shall remain irreplaceable, even though the Senate inserted a Trump nominee into her spot on the court this week. Quite simply, RBG was a legend, and even in the face of an increasingly conservative court, her searing dissents will stand for all of posterity. Her decades of work — on issues including gender and abortion rights, same-sex marriage, Second Amendment, healthcare, and immigration — will never be forgotten.
I was just watching the Elizabeth Warren clip from this special. You know, I have so much respect for our crew, for our camera operators and our directors, and audio. I always thought I had respect for people doing our jobs at our show, but this has really blown my mind, how difficult every step of the process is. For the special, we shot everything at home. We did not go out. With this year being such a total nightmare, how do you wrap your mind around such serious subjects and stay, you know, funny?
TBD from the audience after they see this special. For me, working through this period of time in history with like-minded people at the show, who all happen to be very funny people, is very cathartic. I also think comedy can be a great unifier.
I come from a family that has different political beliefs… and we can laugh together. Did that alter your plans for this special?
I think we were pretty realistic about what the outcome was going to be. We thought that we might have to reshoot a few things, but we sort-of prepared for the outcome that ultimately came to fruition.
We go on a journey of processing the five stages of grief and everything that is ridiculous and funny about that. We were fortunate to speak with a lot of incredible women who can lay the groundwork on where to go next.
Nina Totenburg told a story about a theater outing with Justice Ginsburg that was very funny. But then they could argue at work!
You know, so much. I think so much of her work, early on, before she was on the Supreme Court, was dedicated to fighting legal discrimination all over the country and pregnancy discrimination. That is baked into the sensibility of The Daily Show without even blinking. She really challenged those gender roles and those stereotypes that had a huge impact on so many of our lives. In the middle of shooting this special, for the last three weeks, my work, this job, has taken over our entire apartment and my entire family and my husband, without blinking an eye is keeping my dinner warm and fully raising our son for three weeks without my help at all.
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So, I just think about all that work she did early on to shift the American perspective for that to be something that, now, you might not think about twice. Her work ethic was unparalleled, and Trevor Noah singled that out on-air. She even scheduled her chemo to miss as little time as possible. Yeah, we discuss how much she was able to accomplish in her years. They spent a lot of time talking about that, including her struggles early on with taking care of her husband and raising her.
Her husband suffered from cancer while she was in school. And she helped him with his schoolwork while she was getting a law degree at the top of her class.
Imani Gandy, who has always gone by the AngryBlackLady handle on Twitter, is one of your legal experts. I love her. What does she bring to the table? Imani, yeah! She spoke on so many issues.
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Everyone, of course, thought of Roe v. Wade being in jeopardy when RBG died. What did your experts think of the likelihood of that decision being dismantled? We do get into that a little bit, yes. It really only affects the states between New York and California, so just a few!
I immediately thought of Texas, which will do anything to shut down pro-choicers. We do. We talk about that potentially being on the line, and we also spoke to a very lovely couple that RBG married. She officiated their wedding, so also hearing their story of their interaction with her and what she meant to their lives was really nice.
That depends on who you ask. And we come to the resolution that it is a reasonable thing to ask for, according to Kate and Imani, and it would be difficult to pull off. I bet that changes the whole at-home dynamic. Oh good! You gotta conclude that RBG paved the way.
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