Over the course of her career, which has included a stint on Last Comic Standing and appearances on HBO’s Crashing, Feinstein has come to notice that certain words are used to refer to female comics — “vulgar,” “gross,” “dirty” — that are almost never used to describe men. “People have been saying disgusting, crazy, sexual, dirty things forever, but you get kind of scolded when you’re a woman,” she says.
As for the word that has landed Bee in hot water, Glaser says she thinks “cunt” has actually overtaken “bitch” as the profanity of choice for female comedians. “I don’t think it’s as bad as it used to be,” she says. “I think that in the last couple of years it has lost its edge.”
“It’s almost a fun-loving phrase at this point,” Feinstein jokes of “feckless cunt,” which has taken on a life of its own after Bee used it on her show to describe Donald Trump’s daughter.