Read of the Day: Cameron Esposito on Homophobic Hecklers and Her Triumphant Late-Night Debut
5:30 pm, October 18th | by Colette McIntyre
Today’s Read of the Day is Splitsider‘s interview with comedian Cameron Esposito whose recent late-night debut on The Late Late Show we called “incredible” and “the most noteworthy in recent history.” In the excerpt below, Esposito talks about her recent gig opening for Anthony Jeselnik turned into a confrontation with homophobic fratbros.
So, [in Boston], I walked out. The theater announced me. I hadn’t even said my name. Huge theater. After the whole audience has died down a little bit, there’s dudes in the front row who are audibly laughing and pointing and talking to each other. When you’re the opener, it’s your job to control the audience and make sure they’re ready to see the headliner. I said to the dude, “What’s going on with you right now?” The dude goes, “I’m just looking at you, and I think you’re the kind of woman who probably doesn’t sleep with men,” which was so weird to me on so many levels.
I don’t know if he thought that I don’t know how I look, or if he’s telling me I look like a lesbian but then he thought I was gonna be a straight woman and therefore he thought he was slamming me, or if he thought I was a lesbian and he was telling me I look like a lesbian as if that’s something that would be insulting. Like, “Yeah, yeah, dude. I know I look like a lesbian because I’m a… lesbian. This is all on-purpose. I know how I look.” It was this crazy moment. He would not shut up. We had a huge back-and-forth. The audience was on my side the whole time, of course, because this person — everything else he said after that just made him look more and more like an idiot. But then, we had to discuss that.
That’s what the whole 20 minutes ended up being because other people started yelling other stuff out. It was like, four really flexed-out dudes that for some reason couldn’t handle the fact that I was not going to sleep with them. Even though, I don’t think they really wanted to sleep with me. Just in that moment, from the stage, they could not handle the idea that they were about to listen to a woman who wouldn’t sleep with them. Yeah, that’s what we had to talk about for 20 minutes. And I do think that I won, and I do think that it was okay. But Jesus, what’s going for you in your life that you can’t even visually look at somebody who might be different from you?
To read the full interview, click here.