Garofalo Tests Limits of 24 Loyalty

I have been a fan of “24″ since the first episode of season one and have never missed an episode in seven seasons. For a couple of seasons I liveblogged the show and I wrote an essay about the series for a book last spring. I don’t own any “24″ tee shirts or other “gear” but I have been a faithful follower of the series, even through a couple of pretty crappy seasons.

There have been a few politically correct storylines that I overlooked in past seasons and I even forgave the annoying global warming PSAs this season (thanks to DVR, I can fast forward past those without missing any of the show). I stayed with the show even when they killed Tony Almeda, and more recently, when they brought him back as a bad guy. But if Chloe, or some other “24″ character, does not soon get rid of (or at least give a butt kicking to) Janice, the annoying character portrayed by Janeane Garofalo, I might have reached the limit of my loyalty.

I realize that most actors lean left politically. If they are good actors, it is usually possible to get past even outspoken off-screen activity and appreciate the talent they commit to their characters. The character Garofalo plays on “24,” Janice, the computer geek counterpart to the ditzy, but lovable original cast member Chloe, is almost as annoying as the actress herself. One reason I’ve been able to enjoy the show in spite of the addition of Garofalo is because this season has been so much better than the previous few. But it takes a whole lotta good to overcome Garofalo’s recent statements that the hundreds of thousands of Americans attending tea party protests were a bunch of “teabagging rednecks” and that the tea party protests were “about hating a black man in the White House… racism straight up.”

Doug Powers had an excellent question for Garofalo at American Thinker:

“Ms. Garofalo, if somebody on the political right disagrees with America’s first black president and calls him a socialist, you claim that critic is a ‘racist redneck.’ If somebody is on the political left and disagrees with the first African-American Chairman of the RNC and calls him ‘self-loathing,’ you say that critic is a ‘progressive.’ Do you believe that a white person deciding which blacks deserve protection and which don’t is not a form of racism?”

Powers also quoted Lloyd Marcus, a black conservative who wrote The American Tea Party Anthem:

Your arrogance in saying that I suffer from “Stockholm Syndrome” because I am a black man who loves his country and my fellow Americans is beyond measure.

I cannot begin to express how offensive it is for me to hear narcissistic superior liberals lecturing me on why I should view myself as a victim and hate white America. You are sick, evil or both.

As a black man, I ask that you please confine your liberal insulting rhetoric on my behalf to your elitist cocktail parties where you pat yourselves on the back for the number of blacks on your guest list.I wonder if Powers or Marcus watch “24.” Unless they kill off the majority of the main characters and give Garofalo’s annoying “Janice” character a lot more screen time, I’ll most likely remain a loyal watcher — at least as long as the fast forward button on my DVR holds up.

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Posted by on April 21, 2009.
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  • http://www.oferrall.net/blog/ Clancy

    This season has been the best in a long time, but like you, I keep hoping that Janice is ultimately found to be a bad-guy and she gets her just deserts from Jack (or maybe even Chloe, since she ratted Chloe out earlier)…

  • GarandFan

    “I ask that you please confine your liberal insulting rhetoric on my behalf to your elitist cocktail parties where you pat yourselves on the back for the number of blacks on your guest list.”

    I hate to break the news to Mr Powers, but those ‘elite cocktail parties’ probably don’t often include blacks. Unless, of course, news photographers will be present.

  • Pretzel Logic

    24 is the first TV series I have watched in 15 years easily. I too cringe when “Janice” has a role. Plus those close-ups on HD are not becoming. We see a lot of people getting blown up on that show. How about her??

  • 914

    “I ask that you please confine your liberal insulting rhetoric on my behalf to your elitist cocktail parties where you pat yourselves on the back for the number of blacks on your guest list.”

    Or the number of black children you have adopted to be adorned as “lovable little trophies” of the rich and clueless.

  • jmc

    The sad thing is that 24 is probably the closest Lori gets to actual art.

  • Bob

    Regardless of which side Tony Almeda ends up on (he’s been switching sides more often that Olympia Snow this season), his a bad guy in my book for foisting that global warming crap on everyone in the PSA that runs during the show. Despite that crap and Jeanie G’s presence, it’s still hard not to like 24, which remains the most exciting show on TV.

  • Tim

    The sad thing is that 24 is probably the closest Lori gets to actual art.

    It may not be High Art to you, but it sure as hell beats Bob Mapplethorpe with a bullwhip up his ass.

  • http://jonahhex.blogspot.com Dwayne "the canoe guy"

    Just go watch that scene in Team America where she gets shot to pieces. That always helps me.

  • http://gmail Marshall

    My wife and I have seen every 24 episode from the first season through last night. Garofolo has definitely made it harder to watch this year, in spite of the superior storyline this season. Because of her dispicable personal behavior and political views, we are hoping that she is one of the “bad guys” and she gets her just rewards before the series ends. If 24 has another season after this, we pray Garofolo will not be part of any future programs.

  • hyperbolist

    Yes, it’s fun to visualize Janeane Garofalo being blown to pieces. Anyway…

    Totally off-topic, but the economist who has been consistently right about everything for the past couple of years has a new opinion piece out and it’s contrary to what the administration would like you to believe about the stock markets and the economy in general. It gives critics of the stimulus plan some actual ammunition, instead of the usual populist buffoonery.

    Time to fire Tim Geithner and Larry Summers!

  • Andy T

    As each week goes by, the odds of her getting shot goes down. I keep hoping though. I also keep hoping the Presiden’t daughter gets blown up as well. Something about her I don’t like, but she may be a red herring.

    If Tony is a bad guy, that presumably means that Chloe and Bill are/were too. My guess is we get to see her again.

    Loved the line in the coming attraction. I’m Jack Bauer and I’m your best hope for your family to live. I guess this means that President Taylor realizes sometimes you need to do things that you don’t always agree with.

  • ODA315

    I’m thinking Jack will spur Renee’s advances and have a monkey-hot affair with Janice.

  • Chaz

    I have found 24 to be one of the best series I have watched in a long time. The addition of Jeaneane Garafalo was incomprehensible to me. Her political views aside, she is a terrible actress. I wish they could bring back Michelle Dessler, however, kind of hoping that she had a twin sister hidden somewhere. The jury is still out on Tony Almeida.

  • kevino

    If you like 24 but hate Garofalo because of her stupid opinions, her bad acting, the character she plays, or some combination of the above, then I suggest that you do something about it:

    1. Make a list of the show’s sponsors – you know, the people that pay for the show.
    2. Then write them, and tell them that their advertising dollars are being wasted. You will never again bye their product until they stop advertising on 24 or Garofalo is gone.
    3. Mail a copy of the letters to the network.

    You generate enough heat, the advertisers will talk to the network, and the network will take the path of least resistance. Networks make changes all the time in response to fan mail or pressure.

  • retired military

    Cant they just kill her off. HOpefully showing her as the cowardly idiot she is.

  • Jake

    Lori,

    You love torture and you love 24. I wonder if there’s a parallel….

  • http://www.thirdwavedave.blogspot.com THIRDWAVEDAVE

    I watched “24″ for yrs but haven’t tuned in this season. Not in a hurry to do so, either. I’m thinking it’s probably run its course and will be wrapping soon.

  • CEB

    I didn’t expect the Garofalo character to last this long.