How have you tuned out negativity from social media?
It’s funny sometimes. I’m friends with some people at Twitter, and sometimes they’ll send me direct messages saying, "We can see you’ve been getting a lot of crap lately and that you’re getting overwhelmed. Is there anything we can do?" So, Twitter is really great at wanting to regulate that kind of stuff, but you just can’t get rid of it all, so you kind of just have to come to terms and become able to deal with it. I don’t care when it’s a very broad statement like "I think you’re ugly"—I’m fine with that.
This morning I got a very long, brutal video this woman sent me about how I’ve gained weight and that she’s very disappointed in me. It was very hurtful. We’re women, we know when we’ve gained weight, and we don’t need it pointed out to us all the time.
What’s your approach to social media? Do you go in with the thought I'm just going to say what’s on my mind?
Well, it’s different now. Now, if I say something and people don’t agree with it, they’ll try to get you fired: They will write you employer, and they will full-on try to ruin your life; they will post your address, your family's address... I’m definitely affected because I can’t have as fun of a time, or as light of a time as I used to have when I first logged on six years ago. I used to be able to say the dumbest shit and no one cared. Now, one Tweet will turn into a headline, and then people who don’t follow you and don’t know who you are will comment without knowing you're being sarcastic, and you'll be attacked by all of these random people. The cycle is so exhausting. I still Tweet, but you’re not going to see me fuck with John or anything too serious, because it’s exhausting and I’m unprepared for it… it bums me out too much.
You did have some good Tweets about the first GOP debate, though.
That was fun, though, because everyone was watching that. Honestly, I was kind of blown away. The ratings were through the roof, and I mean just the lineup of people, entertainment wise—which is what that first debate is until we get to the point where we’re conspiring against each other—I think it’s hysterical to watch. I saw Chris Christie and I forgot he was on it.
It was kind of like a Real Housewife reunion.
I didn’t even know that Megan hated Donald. I didn’t know Donald hated Fox. I’m so confused about who I hate and like now. It’s funny, though. I was watching it with John and he was like, “Are you going to go back to work now?” and I was like, "No, I must finish watching this." He was bummed out because he was in the studio so he couldn’t watch it.
How do you make sure your sarcastic and dry sense of humor come across on social media?
I think it has a lot to do with punctuation, but also, it's about picking the right fans and followers that you want. I don’t want people who don’t get sarcasm. Like, I Tweeted, "Finally a fucking American flag pin now I know who to vote for," and I got thousands of Tweets that were like, That’s how you pick a president? I just wanted to shoot myself. You just have to pick your fan base, and then you learn to love them and they’re your fucking babies once they get the joke—but if they miss it, it’s the worse thing ever. I try to make it painfully obviously that I’m being sarcastic. But that’s not the point of sarcasm—if you have to make a font for it, then, gosh, I don’t want to live in that kind of world.