Tina Fey and “Sister Souljah” Feminism

by Isabel

“I love to play strippers and to imitate them… . I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better than that.

Tina Fey, from the January issue of Vanity Fair

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5 thoughts on “Tina Fey and “Sister Souljah” Feminism

  1. mattt, I am only halfway through that article, and I refuse to read any further. My God, but that is so awful, the whole thing. It’s a shame that Tina spoke the line you quoted above, but wow! like, there is so much else going wrong there, from just about everyone else quoted.

    You don’t think that McDo could have anything to do with that, do you?


  2. Can I say this now? When I saw Fey doing the Palin impressions I thought she got it all wrong. The voice, the intonations, the body language, everything. The only thing she had going for her was the resemblance.
    And Palin’s own lines were much funnier than anything Fey wrote or spoke.


  3. That is one of the worst pieces I’ve ever seen about Fey. My sister forwarded it to me a few weeks ago, and I got to the part about the weight loss etc. and went: bleeeeeeccccch. Then I looked at the author and went: a-ha. Effing Maureen.

    Doesn’t excuse Tina’s line about the strippers, of course, but I would take everything under Dowd’s by-line with a huge can of salt.


  4. I thought that line came out of a certain variety of feminist thought that has inspired many an American-blogospheric flamewar.

    The rest of the article was just Maureen getting even for that scene in 30 Rock where Alec Baldwin’s character can’t get off the phone with a needy Maureen Dowd…


  5. Yeah, I skimmed that article in the drugstore and was like, right, Tina, you officially lost me, when I got to that line. Didn’t realize it was MoDo there, but. Meh.


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