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Please Stop Being So Sensitive, America: Natasha Leggero on NYE

JR Berard

Viewers of NBC’s New Years Eve coverage blasted the network, voicing their distaste over guest host, Natasha Leggero’s joke about Pearl Harbor Survivors and their proficiency in chewing soft foods.

Host Carson Daly asked his panel consisting of Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch and Natasha Leggero what they thought about the SpaghettiO’s tweet. Which veteran stand up comedian Patton Oswalt immediately took to task when they posted it almost a month ago.

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Jane Lynch responded to the question, “I’m offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pasta.”

article-2532278-1A608D9000000578-55_634x432Only to be one upped by Natasha Leggero with “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew.” And the panel goes wild, Anthony Anderson laughs like it’s one of the funniest things he’s ever heard, which is the appropriate response to a joke about dentures. According to the viewers were not impressed, “Natasha Leggero just made a joke about the SpaghettiOs Pearl Harbor tweet that was probably more offensive than the tweet itself,” one viewer posted to Twitter.

“Making fun of Pearl Harbor vets? Changing channel. Disgusting. Really NBC?” another said.

I’m know these are the tamest of responses because Leggero posted later to her tumbler account, “I have received all of your messages and have been busy sifting through the different creatively misspelled death threats, rape fantasies and most of all repeated use of the the C word. In the past few days I have been called a cunt so much I felt like I was in a British pb rooting for the wrong soccer team.” But does the comedienne apologize? No, she does one better – she offers some perspective on the issue at hand.

Another direct quote from her tumbler post, “I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.”

She goes on to discuss the treatment of Veterans upon their return from active duty: PTSD, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault against female soldiers and the political gridlock that’s preventing the aforementioned from being solved. To end her post, she doesn’t point a finger at anyone, make snarky remarks towards NBC or SpaghettiO’s or the angry responders, she simply asks readers to make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans foundation, that donation to those in need would truly make the biggest difference. (link

If you’re one of the many people who were offended by her joke, we ask that you take the following steps:

1. Stop and take a few breaths, it’s going to be ok.

2. Think really hard about what you’re actually offended about, and remember folks that age, have a sense of humor and have been laughing for longer than most of us have been alive.

3. Go make a donation, do something positive instead of focusing on the negative.



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