Tina Fey – Needs More Gay

Rantasmo takes a closer look at the work of everybody’s problematic fave Tina Fey, including Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Katicus
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I can only speak for myself, but I would never use “problematic” to describe Tina as a fave. Of course, I’m biased because I am from her area and went through the same Summer theater program as she did, so is up there with Kevin Bacon, Will Smith, Benjamin Franklin, and that football player Kevin Bacon played in terms of hometown heroes. Of course, I’ve noticed over the years whenever her comedy has had the rare misstep that I’ll see on social media friends saying they are done with her. To which my reaction is “Sure. Give it five minutes… Read more »
Lobsel Vith
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When it comes to race, I’d consider her very problematic. Her usage of Native Americans and Asian-Americans in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is offensive. The episode involving “yellow face” is one example, compounded by her usage of the group acronym R.A.P.E. for Asian-Americans who were critical of yellow face.

Tina Fey dismissing the criticism that came from a lot of people, particularly Asian-Americans, didn’t help matters.

Chaos Marine
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I really don’t understand why people consider everything to be problematic. The only thing that’s problematic is people who consider it a right to never be offended. Life doesn’t work that way. The world doesn’t work that way. And it shouldn’t. You should only be responsible for yourself (children etc notwithstanding) only and if some one does something that’s mildly offensive, IE referring to a a girl as a girl even though she wants to be referred to as a hym (which is bullshit) is nonsense. If someone goes around screaming racial epithets at people, that’s different. On one hand,… Read more »
Lobsel Vith
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I don’t think it’s a matter of everyone considering everything problematic; it’s an issue that non-white audiences have a voice through the internet now and can speak out when a creator does something offensive, like Tina Fey’s use of “yellow face” and “black face”, or her depiction of Asian-Americans who are critical of yellow face as one-dimensional caricatures in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to the point that she named the group R.A.P.E.

Chaos Marine
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And black face wasn’t always used by racists or those who wanted to promote racism.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jolson This guy was a damned saint and he used black face. Listen, rape is a serious thing. I’m not saying it isn’t. Nothing should be above comedy or criticism. Just because you’re too uptight to enjoy a joke, doesn’t mean everyone else is.

ayakhaleesi
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I know some people were in a rush to call Titus Andromedon from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a stereotype, but the creators and actor Tituss Burgess admit that the character is based on the actor. Thus, is it really a stereotype if the character is based off a real person? I feel like “problematic fave” is a great way to describe some of my favorite entertainers who I don’t necessarily agree with 100% of everything they do. But I do feel people have really missed the point of what that term means. It doesn’t mean that just because a celebrity said… Read more »
Lobsel Vith
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I suppose it depends on the respective person and what the issue was. I know Asian-Americans who found “Kimmy Goes to a Play!” very offensive (I know Anna Akana cited the problematic episode in her Asians in Entertainment key note speech), so why wouldn’t they cut themselves off from a creator who uses Asian-Americans in such a bigoted way?

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