Rachel Bloom's Response To Catcalling Is Worth Celebrating & She's Not The Only Celeb To Speak Out
Featuring an incredible roundtable lineup which easily veers into Dream Dinner Party Guest List territory, The Hollywood Reporter united six of America's best comedy actresses currently on television to talk about industry sexism, oddball fans, and catcalling. Bringing together Lily Tomlin, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Allison Janney, Rachel Bloom and Ilana Glazer, the talk is insightful, funny and inspiring from start to finish. However, one of the real pearls of wisdom gleamed from the interview was when the women were asked to divulge what the best piece of professional advice they ever received was. Immediately, Bloom divulged her perfect response to catcalling, which happened to be a tidbit of real world advice she'd picked up from none other than Glazer. The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress explains:
I got the best advice from Ilana. We lived together in Brooklyn, and when you live in Brooklyn, there's a lot of catcalling. Her advice for it was to go, "Suck my d*ck!" Because here's what it does: The guy is having a mental image of you, like, naked, and then when you go, "Suck my d*ck" or "Lick my balls," it throws them for a loop. They're like, "Wait, she has balls? What am I picturing now?" (Laughs.)
This is amazing for two reasons: The first, Glazer and Bloom were once roomies together? This blows my mind, people. The second reason, of course, is that this is an absolute perfect response to catcalling. It's so delightfully vulgar that it's stunningly shocking. This response is being loaded into the "quick comeback" chamber of my brain as we speak.
Sadly, not enough celebrities seem to be all too eager to speak out about the subject of catcalling, but those who have done have provided some essential thinking on the topic. Here's 11 insightful celebrity reponses to catcalling:
1. Jen Kirkman
The always incredible comedian started a swarm of catcall confessions on Twitter earlier this year in response to the toxic male entitlement surrounding catcalling culture, stating: "Melbourne men. When I walk alone &.4 of you yell "nice coat" I'm not a "b*tch" not answering.Yell that at a dude. See if he doesn't beat you," before encouraging her followers to speak out about their own experiences in order to create a wider dialogue around the issue.
2. Ashley Graham
The ground breaking plus size model and designer has a simple, breezy solution to catcallers: she turns them into an echo chamber. Answering a question posed by The Hollywood Reporter back in February, Graham explained the simple way she deals with catcalls: "I whistle right back! Got to give those men a taste of their own medicine." When it works, it works!
3. Tahiry Jose
The Love & Hip Hop: New York actress fought back against catcalling with a video in which she supremely lists the five catcalls that she is most tired of hearing.
4. Tess Paras
The comedian helped throw some extra force behind the argument that catcalls aren't compliments in a hilarious video in which she asked, "What if catcalls were cheeseburgers?" and showing Paras trying to go about her everyday business whilst stealthily trying to politely refuse unsolicited cheeseburgers from strange men.
5. Miss Piggy
Don't let the fact the she's a muppet or a pig fool you into thinking that Miss Piggy doesn't know a thing or two about dealing with catcallers — she actually has a pretty direct (and literal) way of tackling them. In an interview with MTV News, the feminist icon declared, "Whenever someone catcalls me on the street, there's usually a new pothole the next day."
6. Nat Baivel
The virtually unknown comedian's star rose back in 2014 when he used an on-point analogy to explain to men exactly why their catcalling isn't appreciated by women.
7. Jessica Williams
The always magnificent Williams' destruction of catcalling on The Daily Show back in 2014 remains an hilarious, on-point and inspirational source of power against those super nice guys who are just paying you really lovely compliments in the middle of the street (ugh, whatever dudes).
8. Sadie Dupuis
The fiercely feminist front-woman of indie rock band Speedy Ortiz explained to MTV how she deals with catcalling both on stage and off:
I’m terrible. I’m always getting into fights with people. But that’s usually when it’s a safe space. If I get catcalled on the street, I’m the person shouting, ’Go f–k yourself,’ which is probably not the best approach.
Probably not the best approach, but it's definitely a satisfying one.
9. Alicia Keys
Keys wrote a lengthy blog post detailing how she started dressing like a tomboy in order to avoid being catcalled in the street, stating "I could feel the animal instinct in them and it scared me ... I didn't want to be talked to in that way." Something which, sadly, quite a few women can easily relate to.
10. Rowan Blanchard
The Girl Meets World star opened up to Interview about being catcalled from the age of 12, something which radically changed her worldview. The 14 year-old actress stated:
And I just remember sitting there feeling my heart sink into my stomach. It was such a surreal moment ... Because I always see that happening in front of me; I always see girls getting catcalled. But up until that point, I hadn't experienced it. And it was like I was out-of-body for a second. I had seen that in movies, on TV, on the news. But when it happens to you, it's like, 'Oh, crap, this is real; people look at me this way. And people look at other girls this way.' I went home that night and didn't tell anybody. I didn't tell my parents because I was ashamed that it was what I was wearing ... There's really nothing you can do except endure it and try and speak out about it. So that's what I tried to do.
11. Amanda Seales & Fredricka Whitfield
The now legendary news clip in which CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield and comedian Amanda Seales shut down the preposterous defence of catcalling by fellow guest, author Steven Santagati is still a thing to behold. Watch in awe as these two incredible women pull the greatest faces at Santagati's pitiful attempts to mansplain catcalling to them.
I don't know about you but I'm feeling pretty damn catcall proof right about now. Next idiot who tries is getting shut down. Bloom and Glazer style.