Is it awkward being an outspoken liberal actress on 24, the show so obscenely and corrosively torture-happy that the dean of West Point said its brutal fantasies were poisoning the minds of young soldiers?

Not usually, Janeane Garofalo tells the Village Voice, because everyone's so gosh-darned nice, and the most right-wing writer left the show. Well, golly, then.

But, come to think of it, it was a little unsettling when Rush Limbaugh and Lynne Cheney came by to give the staff major kudos on a job well done, with evil and whatnot, presumably. Garofalo couldn't really stomach that:

When Rush Limbaugh visited the set, and when Lynne Cheney visited the set, I refused to have my picture taken with them or meet them or anything...

When somebody came to me privately and said 'do you want to meet them', I said absolutely not... Not that they were interested in meeting me. And, to tell you the truth, I doubt that Lynne Cheney even knew who I was.

When your biggest fans are so revolting you can't even bring yourself to shake their hands, that's a good signal you've taken a bad gig. But, hey, at least Garofalo mounted a private act of semi-defiance, which may or may not have been noticed, in between cashing paychecks.

[via TV Tattle]