WATCH: Margaret Cho hosts The Golden Probes

"The Golden Probes are an annual event that we do every year, sort of going back to helping folks learn about state and local politicians."


The Golden Probes are reproductive rights activist and comedy group Lady Parts Justice’s annual ceremony to award the worst of the worst offenders of women’s and LGBT rights on the state and local level. I won’t spoil who exactly went home with a trophy but I will tell you none of the right wing anti-choice extremists actually showed up to pick them up. Stormy Daniels, the cast of Orange is the New Black, Jordan Klepper, Sandra Bernhard and many more presented awards. The whole show is hosted by the great Margaret Cho. There’s music, there’s dance and there’s even some references to Donald Trump that might make you laugh uncomfortably.

Image Credit: Zach D. Roberts/NationofChange
This week I interviewed Lady Parts Justice founder, Lizz Winstead about the Golden Probes, about her group and the state of women’s rights in this county for NationofChange – you can see photos from the award night here.

Lizz Winstead: The Golden Probes are an annual event that we do every year, sort of going back to helping folks learn about state and local politicians. We were like, how do we really get people to understand the crucial nature of state and local politics, but also that nobody really lives in a bubble. So we thought, let’s take an award show format, hence the Golden Probes, that’s a take up on the Golden Globes… and then let’s dig around and find sound bites from people holding office and running for reelection or running for office who have decided that the reason they’re doing it is because they literally want to end abortion in their states or end access to birth control or are just virulently anti LGBTQ people. So we take these sound bites and then we put them into these beautiful frameworks like they show best actor clip in the Oscars and then we come up with categories that are funny, like best original science, best adaptation of reality.

Image Credit: Zach D. Roberts/NationofChange
Image Credit: Zach D. Roberts/NationofChange
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