There’s no time better than the present to tell jokes about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who was fired from his own company after many woman came forward alleging sexual harassment.
That’s what comedian Margaret Cho believes, feeling that laughter is part of the healing process.
The bisexual Cho, who has a huge LGBTI following, is already incorporating jokes about Weinstein into her new comedy show, Fresh Off the Bloat.
Some feel it is ‘too soon’ to be telling Weinstein jokes given that the scandal only broke a week ago when the New York Times published its story.
‘It’s never too soon to talk about it,’ Cho tells Huffington Post’s Queer Voices. ‘It’s never too soon to talk about equal rights and how we can get rid of harassment and rape in these industries that have been long defined by the casting couch.’
She says that talking these things is only right. And talking about it is far better than keeping quiet.
‘You have to talk about it,’ she says. ‘You have to figure out exactly how to deal with it. It’s how we get over all of this and can look at what’s happening as a good thing, because it’s all coming out into the open and these women are finally having their day. They’re not waiting fifty years like some of the women had to with [Bill] Cosby.’
Cho reports she is incredibly grateful to the woman who have come forward about Weinstein, recognizing that it took courage to do so.
‘It’s so amazing that they’re feeling safe enough to talk,’ she says. ‘It’s such a brave thing [to come forward]. I feel like it’s going to have a lasting impact on the way we view sexual harassment, rape, abuse — all of these things — and it’s going to make things better.’