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Adam Carolla Says Life is Hard as a Comedian Because of Gays, Wishes They Would 'Shut the F--k Up'

Comedian Adam Carolla complains to Salon that he can't tell jokes about gays anymore without being put on a list of bullies and that comedians should be held to a different standard than statesmen.

CarollaCarolla says there really is a gay mafia:

My feeling about the gay community — first off, you can’t live in Hollywood and get along in this business and be in theater companies and improv companies and have issues with gay people... If you can’t work with gay people, you’re gonna have a difficult time in Hollywood. There’s plenty of gay people and they’re in positions above you. You’re not going to get your movie directed. I don’t have a problem with it — they’ve just turned into a mafia and demanding everyone apologize for every joke and retract every statement.

He also says that gays can hide (like pedophiles) so it's not easy for people to discriminate against them and that we should be given marriage rights so we'll shut the hell up:

It’s turned into something that’s bigger than it is. I’ve lived in this town my whole life and never seen it like this. There’s been comedians telling jokes but no overt gay-bashing crimes. I don’t even know who’s gay and who’s not gay nine times out of 10 — why do you even need to know? Your skin color and gender one can see, if one wanted to discriminate. In terms of sexual proclivities, I don’t know what someone’s into! You could work with someone who’s into kids — how would you know? I don’t know and I don’t care. In the book, what I say about the gay community is that someone sent me “the top 10 reasons gays should marry.” One: They’re American. Two: They pay taxes. Three through five: So they can shut the f--k up.

The full interview at Salon...

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  1. You're really stretching by trying to imply that he's directly comparing gays to pedophiles. Also, frankly, there ARE plenty of gay people who don't cry about gay jokes, so they don't need other people to police comedians about content.

    Posted by: Hmm | May 20, 2014 10:20:35 AM

  2. Maybe he should spend less time worrying about the gay mafia and more time actually being funny.

    Posted by: Guy in DC | May 20, 2014 10:24:18 AM

  3. Adam Corolla is and always will be an irrelevant, unfunny prick. Nothing new here.

    Posted by: Josh | May 20, 2014 10:24:47 AM

  4. This guy, Adam what's his name, has all sorts of issues; for one thing, a lack of common sense.
    I've never heard of him before - and I hope not to again.

    Posted by: David From Canada | May 20, 2014 10:26:04 AM

  5. Not surprising considering the company he used to keep in Dr. Drew whose every response to an ailment was "You were molested by a same-sex person or relative when you were young."

    Guy says, "I have intimacy issues". Dr. Drew says, "You were molested by your uncle."

    Girl says, "I have an unusual period." Dr. Drew says, "You were raped by your female babysitter."

    Caller says, "I have eczema." Dr. Drew says, "You were molested by your priest."

    Posted by: G | May 20, 2014 10:28:25 AM

  6. Hey, Adam. Substitute "Jews" for "gays" in order to see how stupid and purely bigoted you sound. And, oh yeah, you are not now nor have you ever been funny. Deal with it.

    Posted by: Nino | May 20, 2014 10:31:07 AM

  7. Charming.

    Posted by: TWINS | May 20, 2014 10:35:25 AM

  8. I wish he'd just bend over and enjoy!

    Posted by: Smuggy | May 20, 2014 10:35:46 AM

  9. He has never been funny and he wants to blame it on the gays. How mature of him.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | May 20, 2014 10:37:57 AM

  10. This ongoing rant by comedians that anything they say is protected because it's "a joke" is tiresome. Any insinuation that an oppressed community (and no matter how many Hollywood gay bigwigs there are, that is still the case for gays)should not challenge derogatory comments is ridiculous. Hey Adam, try this. Get funnier and smarter.

    Posted by: Bill | May 20, 2014 10:40:14 AM

  11. If you have to insult people to be funny, you are not funny!

    Posted by: BRAINS | May 20, 2014 10:41:49 AM

  12. I'm sick and tired of Carolla's harping against the GLBT community. He has never been funny and never will be And, as far as being concerned about the gay mafia, I've yet to hear him complain about the African-American or Jewish mafia. I'm sure he makes fun of those groups ALL THE TIME!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 20, 2014 10:43:27 AM

  13. Same reason I don't like Kimmell either considering both of them once hosted a show called "The Man Show" that was 100% misogyny.

    Posted by: Sam | May 20, 2014 10:45:46 AM

  14. Adam is neither funny, nor intelligent, nor relevant.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 20, 2014 10:49:13 AM

  15. what if he were to replace 'gay' with the word women? Blacks? Latinos? Native Americans? Italians? would those be okay?

    Jewish??? we hear there are a lot of people in Hollywood and the business who are Jewish. you can't tell that by just looking at them.

    Posted by: mike/ | May 20, 2014 10:49:37 AM

  16. Can't he be a comedian without using gay jokes?

    Posted by: anon | May 20, 2014 10:54:36 AM

  17. Wait. Adam Corolla's a comedian? When did he change careers? Amazing, I never knew he was interested in being funny.

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | May 20, 2014 10:54:48 AM

  18. Gay jokes (or jokes about the gay community) fall firmly under the same rules for any other ethnic joke.

    * Any joke has to actually be funny. If it isn't, nothing excuses it.

    * Almost anyone can tell a joke about themselves, even if they are a nonstandard member of the group.

    * An actual member of the group in question can usually get away with telling just about any "we" joke, especially if the audience is primarily made up of members of the group and recognize what's being joked about. If the audience is largely NOT members of the group, a person can tell a "we" joke if it's about a generally positive or generally recognized quirk about their own group, and they include themselves in it.

    * Someone can tell a group "you" jokes if they have sufficient ally credibility and it's recognized as an outsider's view told more or less lovingly, even if it's dishy. Think Bette Midler telling gay jokes. But it has to be done carefully. Men can tell jokes about women or women can tell jokes about men, but it's easy to cross the line.

    * Almost nobody can pull off a "they" joke, especially if they are seen as being a member of the audience's ethnicity and "we're all laughing at THOSE people." Unless it's a funny sideways compliment, it's either a slam, an insult, or a stereotype, and usually gets taken that way.

    I have no sympathy for a straight comedian who complains he doesn't get to make fun of the queers any more. Cry my a river.

    Posted by: Lymis | May 20, 2014 11:01:56 AM

  19. I dont think anyone actually cares about gay jokes as long as they are delivered correctly. Same with any other kind of joke- he just sucks as a comedian and needs a scape goat.

    Posted by: andrew | May 20, 2014 11:02:30 AM

  20. D-list has been. He wishes someone would boycott his unfunny ass.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 20, 2014 11:04:30 AM

  21. Adam Carolla is a comedian?

    Who knew?

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 20, 2014 11:18:12 AM

  22. Oh well, I guess no one will be making any 'Adam and Steve' jokes about him.

    Posted by: dazzer | May 20, 2014 11:22:48 AM

  23. This "gay mafia" is as nonsensical as all of the other ridiculous fabrications that religious conservatives live by. Not to forget the real Mafia, though (you remember them: gambling, prostitution, racketeering, drugs, murder and general mayhem), who are (devout) Christians.

    Posted by: Chris Vogel | May 20, 2014 11:27:36 AM

  24. LOL. He is right though. Why is everyone wearing their emotions on their shirt sleeve? He isn't standing on a street corner with a megaphone saying stupid things. He is making JOKES. Jokes are suppose to offend.

    Posted by: Ted | May 20, 2014 11:27:42 AM

  25. Is he still around? He certainly hasn't been funny in decades.

    Posted by: bkmn | May 20, 2014 11:29:28 AM

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