2017 was a year in which sexual harassers got exposed in every corner of the media and elsewhere, and the movement has continued on into this year. Every day there seems to be a male celebrity being outed as a perv, predator, or monster. These men feign shock, maybe lose their cooking show or book deal, then publicly apologize and the media moves on. It can be an exhausting daily routine for anyone who has been harassed or assaulted. But one woman is finding humor and catharsis in this parade of abusers.
“I got to turn this into comedy because that’s just how I process things. My favorite tool is satire… so I really exaggerate everything that I hated in those apologies and did it though song,” Maul said. She made sure that the person who got hurt wasn’t the butt of the joke. She explained, “comedy is the tool of the underdog and it should be used to bring down the powerful.” Maul makes sure to craft the songs and videos so the “survivor is the champion.” She mused that we get “tone deaf” rape jokes because a lot of people can’t come at them from the perspective of championing the victim. She noted “the funny jokes are usually from women.”
The videos are fun, but they get to something deeper in the apologies itself. Something about the men themselves. “I hope they see what they have done, because all of their apologies were so unempathetic,” she explains, “I hope that this process of coming out teaches them empathy because from their apologies, they don’t have empathy. Some even blame the victim… I hope these men will look back on this time like, “Wow, I fucked up.'”