“Broad City’s” Ilana and Abbi admit they used “white dude power” to get their show on the air
The comedy world is still reeling from Louis C.K.’s reported sexual misconduct. And now, your favorite funny ladies are weighing in. According to Teen Vogue, Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson spoke about their relationship with Dave Becky, C.K.’s ex-manager.
In addition to managing major names in comedy, Becky acts as producer on Glazer and Jacobson’s series, Broad City.
“He’s not our manager. And he’s been a producer on the show through Amy [Poehler] from the beginning. And it’s like this upsetting thing to find out his involvement in the whole thing, so it’s definitely something that we’re constantly talking about right now,” Jacobson told EW Radio when asked to weigh in.
“We take accountability for using this white dude power to get our show on TV. We’re accountable for that," Glazer continued.
Naturally, the two women aren’t responsible for these men and their behavior. As the EW Radio interviewer points out, it’s not their responsibility to “answer for someone else.” But kudos to them for recognizing the role we all play in systems that oppress women.
Becky is a huge player in Hollywood.
According to Deadline, he represents the likes of Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. IMDB also lists him as a producer on countless comedy specials and shows dating back to the early ’90s. So speaking out against his complicity in C.K.’s abuse of power isn’t a small feat.
“We’re not accountable for Louie’s actions, for Becky’s actions, but we’re accountable for using his power to get our show on TV,” Glazer continued.
Shortly after the accusations against C.K. became public, Becky’s management company, 3 Arts Entertainment, cut ties with the comedian. Becky also released a statement apologizing to the women who came forward for “not listening to and not understanding what happened,” Deadline reports.
As Spitsider points out, “With the exception of Bill Burr, who said on his podcast last month that he’s standing behind Becky, the only comedians who work with Becky who have spoken up about his involvement in the C.K. story are women.”
We’re not particularly surprised that Glazer and Jacobson have spoken about the issue, but we’re glad they did.