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December 23, 2019
Whitney Cummings tells Conan HR Yelled at Her for Saying Merry Christmas
Among many of the miracles of the Trump administration -- the economy, ending ISIS, the constant IV drip of Democrat tears -- is that he put an end to the War on Christmas. A totally serious thing. Though, not that there isn't still some resistance to Trump's degree that we're all going to say "Merry Christmas" again (see Nancy Pelosi Says Trump is Ruining “Christmas” then Corrects Herself to Say “Holiday” and War on Christmas Specials: HuffPo Attacks…Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer). Like this story from Whitney Cummings on Conan. Who, while working a TV show in Hollywood, got dragged down to the human resources department. Her holiday cheer had offended *checks notes* an agnostic intern.
Last year, I was working on a TV show and got in trouble with human resources for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to an intern.
I was leaving, like on the 18th … and I was like, "Bye, guys. Merry Christmas." Like just a formality, what you would say. I come back, like, June 6. HR calls me and they’re like, "Hey, we need to talk to you. One of the interns is pissed off that you said Merry Christmas."
“By the way, I don’t even care how your Christmas was. It was just a formality. Like, that’s what you say when you leave.”
My favorite part about this story actually has nothing to do with having a Merry Christmas. Or a Happy Hanukkah. Or a... whatever the hell the a Diwali Festival of Lights is. It's that Cummings -- who you'd assume because of her experience would have been a higher-up on the show, if not head writer -- got tattled on by an intern. An INTERN on a COMEDY thought they were special and precious enough to complain about Cummings. If your agnostic feelings are that easily hurt, comedy may not be a career path for you. I know if one of our interns ever mouthed of about any of us to HR, they'd be dressed as Jesus, forced to stand on a street corner with a "wish me a Happy Birthday" sign.
EXIT QUESTION: Honestly, has anyone ever expressed a problem to you about you saying "Merry Christmas?" I ask because I've been going out of my way just out of curiosity. The response back is usually "Merry Christmas to you too."
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