On Friday, comedian Bill Murray appeared on CNBC's “Squawk Box” and discussed identity politics in comedy, sharing a stance in opposition to what usually comes out of Hollywood.
Murray was asked about how about the “political discourse and where we are in terms of the country.” He said he saw it as a “clash of clans first thing in the morning, every day, where people are just going to war about so much.”
He explained that Kristen Wiig makes everyone laugh by “not thinking about being political, she's thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us,” adding, “I think that's harder and harder to do because people are trying to win their point of view as opposed to saying, 'What if I spoke to everyone?'”
He went on to say that his friend Jim Downey has been “accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing.”
"He says, 'No, no. I just think the way that the Democrats handle things is poor.' Where they try to pick out little pieces of a population and say, 'Well, we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.' And they're not speaking to everyone at once.
And it's almost demeaning to say, 'I'm choosing you, because you're a splinter group or you're a certain minority group.' There's almost a resentment that somehow you're separated again by a politician — that 'you're my people; I'm in control of you; I represent you' — instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first under the laws of the country."
Watch the segment above.