Fucking Funny.

I recently saw the cover of some national magazine, the name of which escapes me, and it featured Tina Fey. Her skin looked plastic and wet. Her hair was perfect. Flawless. Her lips were pushed out and pouting and her glasses sat just a little low on her nose. She had a miniskirt on and heels and it looked like an amalgam of every hot teacher, secretary or businesswoman I’d ever seen. My first thought was, “holyshit she is hot”…

Then I looked closer and her left arm was handcuffed to the right arm of a cop. You couldn’t see his face, only his arm and maybe a bit of uniform was in frame. Then I began to wonder why this was necessary. Why do we need her to be as sexy as she is funny? Is the fact that she is one of the most gifted writers and comedians of our time not enough? I guess no one really wants another Rosanne Barr. I mean, as funny and challenging as Roasanne was (and she was very funny and challenged us in ways other comedians would not or could not do then), most of us couldn’t fantasize about fucking her in the copy room.

Are they doing this for us or because of us? Are they doing this so that we will more easily laugh when she makes light of something or someone that we care about? Or are they doing this because we have demanded that every woman on TV be an object of sexual desire?

A few weeks ago my friend mentioned that she had a friend that did improv and that without fail when she was onstage with dudes she was almost always sexualized. Then I witnessed it first hand on a couple of occasions. Don’t let me be misunderstood. I don’t think she, or anyone, should be ashamed of their sexuality and it’s not something we should hide from. Sex is funny. It’s awkward and weird and hilarious, and sometimes that is the natural and perfect place for an improv scene or a comedy sketch to go. I just wish that we could talk about how funny and smart Tina Fey is without the inevitable “… and dude, she’s so fucking hot.” that punctuates nearly every single conversation about her.

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4 Responses to “Fucking Funny.”


  1. 1 Miguel March 31, 2010 at 10:01 am

    They’re doing it b/c of the focus groups… the destitute mouth breathers who inform Madison avenue of ‘what America really wants’ for $10 and free pizza for four hours of their time.
    They’re the Texas school board book selection committee of the media world, and we’re subject to their inane revelations.
    (IMHO)

  2. 2 erin March 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

    thanks for that…i want to think that the men are going to help teach other men…and perhaps the women too. I also think Tina Fey knows exactly what she’s doing…

  3. 4 brad April 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Frankly, I don’t think it’s that deep. I don’t think she gives a shit, and I think that’s what people who appreciate her humor respond to. What matters to her is what’s most funny, everything else can go to hell.

    I didn’t see the magazine you’re talking about, so I don’t understand the Tina Fey chained-to-a-cop thing (what?), but when she’s marketed her looks in the last four years, it’s only been in support of her show, perhaps the best situational comedy of all time. And on that show, she looks like a troll. She has to TRY. And on the show she is an ASSHOLE. And it is hilarious!

    N-bog, if Tina Fey wants to be secretly hot and BDSM, given what she’s given us, can we not allow her that?


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