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Monday, May 16, 2016

Writer/Comedienne Ali Wong is Your New Favorite Anti-Feminist Feminist

In this age of hyper political correctness, there's hardly any space for brassy, ballsy comediennes to really speak their mind with offending someone--especially comediennes of color. But in comes Ali Wong, loud, inappropriate and seven and a half months pregnant talking about how much she hates feminism and her dream of being a submissive housewife in her out-of-nowhere, brilliant Netflix comedy special, ALI WONG: BABY COBRA.

Despite having an ambition that would enrage most feminists, Wong is actually a successful writer for the ABC hit series, Fresh Off the Boat. Yes, she's the one who provides matriarch Jessica Huang's (Constance Wu) sharp-tongued one-liners on the show, unsurprisingly. Wong's star has gotten so bright that she used her TV paycheck to pay off her new "hotter than me" husband's $70,000 medical school debt. So, take that feminist police.

In BABY COBRA, Wong leaves no stone unturned--and everything about her is dropped onto the stage like a cold slab of meat. An unexpected miscarriage, her parents coming from "a third world country," bowel movements in her office bathroom, how much "work" conceiving a child has been this time around, her HPV status, and sexcapades with men who live in the public park. Yeah, it's not pretty, but it's H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. I mean, it's funny because it's true. And Wong is unashamed to talk about all of it, in great detail.

Like the semi-fictional Jessica Huang, Wong is acutely observant of her political placement as a working Asian-American woman, and unafraid to call out bullsh*t when she sees it. In fact, at one point she recalls how having sex with white men made her feel powerful (her husband is a "hot Asian man), like she wanted to push their heads between her legs and get them back for years of oppression and white male privilege. A far cry from what she perceives as a trend of Asian-American women leaning on white men to elevate their status (and white men who fetishize "tiny Asian women"). Make no mistake, Wong calls the shots--in the writers' room, in her personal life, and between the sheets.

Everything Wong talks about in BABY COBRA is based on her life experiences and hard facts (including how she discovered twerking in Atlanta and how black and Asian relations are not always as copacetic as they appear in Rush Hour), which may not tickle everyone's funny bone. But it's real, it's honest, and it's so refreshing.

In ALI WONG: BABY COBRA, Wong tells it like it is and brings you into her world in a way that is relentlessly personal. During an era in which we praise comedians like Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer, it's time to make room for Ali Wong. Because she's not going anywhere.

ALI WONG: BABY COBRA is now streaming on Netflix.

Watch the trailer:


Unknown said...

I had seen the program and it is great. Take the jokes with a grain of salt, because we all see the world through prisms that are colored by our individual experiences. I enjoyed it.

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