Comedian Whitney Cummings believes that Hollywood power players need to embrace people with whom they disagree if they want to have a broader audeince.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, the former “Two Broke Girls” writer and producer said that the more she plays “devil’s advocate” by trying to understand a Trump supporter, the better her comedy gets.
“I’m fascinated by playing devil’s advocate and want to understand the people I disagree with. I don’t want to dismiss and malign,” she said.
“I think it’s very self-righteous or sanctimonious to just dismiss people we disagree with without trying to understand why they believe what they believe,” she added. “I don’t get it. I grew up in Washington, D.C., mostly, but also in Virginia and West Virginia, so I grew up seeing both sides, and people believing different things. Even though I don’t agree with somebody, I don’t think they’re dumb.”
Cummings expressed dismay that Hollywood writers dismiss people so casually,