we are young and stupid and raised by wolves
(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 25 years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)
I have no earned authority to talk about anything.
There was this day over the summer that I was worried about (that) happening — and I’d said to Jon (Stewart) before I was worried about something coming up where I didn’t feel like I had the authority to speak on it, and it was more emotional than it was easy to put through our regular prism.
He said, “Well, I don’t think it’s unearned, but even if it is, this will be the time that you earn it.” And it happened. We had to do a show a day after the Trayvon Martin verdict. That was a tough day. Partly because I felt his absence a lot, the whole day and especially that night with a live audience, you feel like people are looking to him.
And I tried my hardest. We tried to write from the heart to deal with the pain. I did my best. I still think it would have been better if he was there that day. So, I need to kind of earn (it). I did that on credit.
John Oliver, describing what it’s like to get his own show