This Daily Beast interview with the women of Community - cast members Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown and writer Megan Ganz - is fascinating for a number of reasons. They address issues of slut shaming, infantilization as sexiness, rape jokes and teenage girls on film with a great blend of candor, humor and charm. All gets overshadowed, however, when first Jacobs and then Brie break down in tears when discussing the possibility of cancellation. My whole brain is crying just reading it.
If Community isn’t renewed and this is your last day on set ever, what will you take away from this experience and what will you miss the most?
Jacobs: I’m going to cry. It so far exceeded my expectations of what the show would be. This is one of the best pilots I’ve ever read, so already my expectations were high. Then shooting the pilot—
[Jacobs begins to cry.]
Brown: Oh, it’s OK, Stinkers. She’s such a pretty crier. My God, she’s a pretty crier.
Jacobs: I’ve never worked with a group of people that have impressed me so consistently on such a daily basis. I feel like given the nature of this show, we’ve been thrown everything from an action movie to a noir to My Dinner With Andre. Everybody rose to it every single week. The writing and the creativity and the scope and the ambition of the show has been—
[Jacobs’s sobbing becomes ragged.]
Brown: Oh, well. I can’t sit here and not hug you.
Brown: Whether we come back or not, whatever happens, this will be a show that will be studied. There are people studying Community. The totality of this show, people will look back and go, they really did change every week.
Jacobs: Yeah. For all the people that have only heard about our show—it’s spoofs, it’s pop culture, it’s genre—they’re missing the fact that these are different, new characters on television that people have grown to love. So even when we do an episode which is set in the apartment and there’s no obvious spoof or takeoff, people still want to watch it because they love and care about these characters.
[Brie begins to cry.]
Brown: Oh, Stinker, what’s happening? Oh, my girls. Oh, my little pumpkins.
Brie: This is so cliché for the women-of-Community interview. “Then they all cried.”
Jacobs: And they got their periods simultaneously!It's nice that they acknowledge the stereotyping of the whole thing, but how can you read this and not immediately want to renew Community for another ten seasons? Now that I think about it, this could actually be a brilliant ploy by Brie and Jacobs to force a renewal by melting Bob Greenblatt's heart. I would suggest that they add Donald Glover's tears to the mix, but watching Troy Barnes cry is more humorous than heart-wrenching.
Go check out the interview - it's fascinating stuff. Then tune in to the return of Community on March 15 at 8:00 p.m., or Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs will cry! And it will be your fault! (And also because the show is phenomenal and unique, and it would be a shame to lose it now.)