Tina Fey is done explaining jokes after Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt backlash

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Tina Fey Is Done Apologizing for Offensive Jokes.

Tina Fey was accused of being racist following the premiere of her Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the comedian has finally responded to that. “We did an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode and the internet was in a whirlwind, calling it ‘racist,’ but my new goal is not to explain jokes,” Fey said. “I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves.” The episode in question revealed that Jacqueline Voorhes (Jane Krakowski) is actually a Native American who abandoned her family, moved to New York City and pretended to be white.Tina FeyComedian, actress, and producer Tina Fey recently gave an interview in which she said “steer clear of the Internet and you’ll live forever.” Her observation, it seems, was that social-media-generated outrage toward perceived offensiveness has gotten out of hand.

Just days after Tina Fey spoke with Net-A-Porter about how she was “opting out” of the public’s seemingly inexhaustible need to take umbrage, she finds herself the subject of criticism regarding whether she and bestie Amy Poehler went “too far” on their weekend “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig. Frankly, if all she’d given us this year was the “white spiders” line in the memorable “Inside Amy Schumer” “Last F__kable Day” sketch, Fey could have packed it up.

But she’s right that a lot of critics—and a lot of people on the Internet—seem ready to leap down comics’ throats every time they run across a joke they don’t like. And though her new comedy “Sisters” has received only tepid reviews, it still pulled in a respectable $13.4 million on its opening weekend — not bad when apparently some other movie about outer space or something also opened. If Fey is serious about opting-out of outrage culture, she might want to follow the leads of Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld and steer clear of college campuses. Writing in Buzzfeed in March, Ira Madison III said, “When characters aren’t authentic, you don’t relate to them — they feel like caricatures/outsiders.” Yet the show also featured one of the year’s most memorable subplots, in which Kimmy’s roommate Tituss realizes he’s treated better dressed as a werewolf than he is as regular his African-America self.

There’s a real culture of demanding apologies, and I’m opting out of that.” But while not outright demanding apology, the critics didn’t have any trouble coming up with some firm uneasiness after Fey’s most recent “SNL” episode. And no, not every joke she is involved with — even peripherally — lands with utmost precision, achieving both biting social commentary and gut busting laughs.

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