Well-respected comedian and actress Natasha Leggero has been under fire ever since she made what many consider an outrageously offensive joke during Carson Daly’s New Year’s Eve broadcast on NBC. At the heart of this brand new fake-outrage-powered controversy is a Twitter message sent from the official SpaghettiOs account on Pearl Harbor Day– that’s Dec. 7 for you un-American assholes. The food company honored the veterans who fought and died in Pearl Harbor by giving its mascot an American flag (see right) and including this message: “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.”
People were peeved the company would use such a somber day to help sell their sodium-rich pasta products. But things got really real when Daly, accompanied by Jane Lynch and Anthony Anderson in Times Square, asked Leggero her take on the situation. “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew,” was the comedian’s response. This was enough for very many colorfully patriotic Americans to publicly call Leggero things like a “disrespectful cunt,” an “ignorant whore” and a “trashy cunt.” It also made some folks say things like, “Go back to the kitchen, you dumb twat” and “Please die in a car fire” and also this: “I wonder if this cunt can still chew food after a steel pipe is smashed in her face.” You can see more examples of great Americans here.
Today, Leggero responded to her detractors in a measured yet pointed post on her website– in part, saying the following:
I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest.
I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.
I’d strongly suggest you read her entire response and perhaps pass it along to one of your knee-jerk, reactionary, illogical, fundamental, everything’s black-and-white friends. And if you don’t have any friends like that, well, then you can just sit back and bask in the painfully sad realization that some of our World War II veterans’ biggest supporters are a bunch of sexist, near-illiterate asshats.