Ann Coulter came to a Rob Lowe roast and found herself with a "Kick Me" sign affixed to her back.
We all know by now that the conservative firebrand got fricasseed during Comedy Central’s latest celebrity roast.
Lowe took his lumps, too. People still couldn’t stop talking about the barbs aimed at Donald Trump’s high-profile apologist. Roasters routinely catch not-so-friendly fire during these events. Few have been attacked as ruthlessly as Coulter, though.
Adam Carolla says that wouldn’t have happened if Coulter felt the Bern, not the allure of the red hat. Carolla’s Sept. 9 podcast drilled down into the Lowe roast. For the uninitiated, here are some of the “jokes” fired off at Coulter:
“Why is Ann Coulter here tonight? Because the right-to-lifers wanted everyone to see what an abortion looks like up close.” — Rob Lowe
“Ann Coulter, if you’re here, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?” — Pete Davidson
“Ann Coulter is one of the most repugnant, hateful bitches alive — but it’s not too late to change, Ann. You could kill yourself.” — Jimmy Carr
“I just realized I’m not the only athlete up here. As you all know, earlier this year Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.” — Peyton Manning
“The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.” — Nikki Glaser
This Whitman’s Sampler doesn’t include her getting called the “c-word” repeatedly during the event. Remember, this was a Rob Lowe Roast.
Carolla argued this wouldn’t have happened if, say, Lena Dunham were one of the roasters. Dunham is an outspoken Hollywood liberal, a woman whose body type doesn’t align with industry standards.
Now, imagine if all of the aforementioned jokes were targeted at Dunham, not Coulter. It wouldn’t be pretty, Carolla said. Nor would the comments go unanswered.
“If you swapped the aisles on this, if this was Janeane Garofalo … you would be run out of this town,” Carolla said. “You could not attack the physicality of somebody who came from the other side of the aisle … not a female.”
Roasters could hit on a liberal’s politics or persona. Her appearance? That wouldn’t fly, he said. In an era of body-shaming shaming, Carolla has a point.
Carolla understands that Coulter’s fiery nature brought on the all-out assault. That doesn’t detract from his argument.
“If you put Lena Dunham up there, and you start talking about her being a fat ass there would be a serious situation,” Carolla said. “And if you had [conservative pundit] Tucker Carlson calling Lena Dunham a fat ass, how much trouble would he be in? Why does this only go one way?”
“You would want [Carlson] fired from any job he had the next day,” Carolla said.
For what it’s worth, media outlets gleefully reported on both the roast itself and the vicious nature of the Coulter jokes.