Hey, Women: Stop Hating Tina Fey
Remember, she's a comedian—not a professional feminist
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 12:57 PM CDT
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(Newser) – As the laws of gravity have taught us, the Tina Fey backlash was inevitable—Rebecca Traister actually expected it when the comedian started “appearing on every magazine cover shy of Horse & Hound”—and it’s now, quite suddenly, here in full force. But her pack of haters isn't composed of cynics: It's made of women. Feminists are angry, particularly in light of her recent “Brownie Husband” sketch on SNL, that Fey isn’t a good enough feminist icon…but they’re forgetting that she never purported to be anything of the sort.

“Tina Fey is a professional comedian. She is not a professional feminist,” Traister writes for Salon, and “Fey has already said of herself most of the things that her feminist detractors are now saying about her. She's not pretending to be anybody's ideal, least of all her own.” This backlash means it’s time to rethink feminist comedy, because if women truly want an even playing field, “we can't lay the blame for the often ruthless nature of equal-opportunity mockery at the feet of a woman who never promised to do anything but entertain us.”

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Apr 15, 2010 6:12 AM CDT
intelligent and funny, love her.
Apr 14, 2010 11:43 PM CDT
Which feminists, exactly, are criticizing this? The article is referring to shadowy groups of "haters" without specifying anybody. I'm a feminist (GASP! SHOCK! HORROR! apparently) and Fey's skit looks more to me like a sendup of sexist ads. You know the ones, with women eating chocolate alone in their "sensuously" darkened apartments. There are lots of 'em, and they all conflate sweets with sex. This is taking that narrative to its logical, absurd conclusion. That's... sort of subversive in a good way, if you ask me.
Apr 14, 2010 11:29 PM CDT
Same thing happened to Joan Lunden, Katie Couric and Kate Gosslin - at some point they go from a relatable figure to magazine covers and its game over. Fey has always been a good looking chick since SNL - don't know if it's that she's ditched the glasses or amped up the cleavage - but I'm not surprised.