Comedian Jenny Yang on Hollywood’s Abuse and Lack of Diversity: ‘The Current Power Structure Doesn’t Work For Us Anymore’
By Danielle Turchiano
In all of the recent news stories about men in Hollywood abusing their power — from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Brett Ratner to Michael Oreskes — one line in particular stood out to comedian Jenny Yang. It was: “That experience caused her to lower her aspirations.” It was about the then-young women in journalism affected by NPR news editor Oreskes’ inappropriate behavior, but it could have been about anyone.
“I thought, ‘This is it.’ Everything we talk about in the realm of diversity and representation. When we throw around big words like rape culture, harassment and assault, it all boils down to that at every level of the pipeline — creatively, of deals being made, of people being seen and understood, of self-censorship and your own critical voice. That is what happens in that environment. We take ourselves out of the game,” Yang said on a panel celebrating Asian-American women in comedy hosted by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)...