The minds behind Comedy Central's "Broad City" want to make one thing perfectly clear.
The Hillary Clinton cameo at the heart of tonight’s new episode doesn’t pack a political punch.
“We were not trying to make a statement, to be honest,” star and co-creator Abbi Jacobson said during a SXSW panel on Saturday. “We wrote season three a year ago, at this point. That’s not our show really: Let’s make a political stance here. It was really more that this is something Ilana’s character would do.”
The episode finds Ilana (Ilana Glazer) starting a job with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She can barely contain her giddiness over sharing the same space – and air! – with the former First Lady. And that’s before Llana meets Clinton herself.
Take a look at this oh, so apolitical moment from the episode in question.
The show’s stars said they employed a “multi-pronged approach” to land the former Secretary of State on the program. That included leveraging show producer Amy Poehler to snare the coveted cameo.
Really? The embarrassing heroine worship wasn’t enough to seal the deal? What politician in her right mind wouldn’t lunge at this kind of free, fawning publicity?
Here’s Glazer describing what it was like to work with Clinton.
“She’s never done a scripted show like this, and it was wild. It was truly wild. She was wild. She was so warm and personable…”
This is a politician even the liberal “Saturday Night Live” writers dub impersonal and false to her core. Her handlers keep Clinton away from the press as much as possible, and her attempts to woo the pop culture crowd are routinely embarrassing.
Glazer isn’t done.
” … and the depth of [Clinton] to have that inviting air but then to also [have just had a] meeting with Barack … this person is layered deep.”
The same politician the show’s creative team dub an “icon” is having trouble putting away a 74-year-old, self-described socialist in her run for the White House. She’s also getting shellacked by Bernie Sanders with the coveted “youth vote.”
The wildly apolitical “Broad City” featuring Clinton airs at 10 p.m. EST Wednesday March 16 on Comedy Central.