(Two of my favorite ladies hosting the Golden Globes. Source: Daily News)
Yes, I know. First Diet Coke, and now Tina Fey?! Is anything sacred?!
Well, no. But listen: I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They made Weekend Update watchable again. (Remember Norm McDonald? Even he didn't want to be there. Or gross, Colin Quinn! UGH!) Some of the funniest TV ever is on 30 Rock (yes, even compared to Community) and Parks & Rec is one of the best ensemble shows since Frasier (which is some HIGH PRAISE). Bossypants made me laugh out loud to the point that I couldn't stop reading/laughing while Jonathan was trying to sleep and he finally said, "Can you please go do that somewhere else?" And have you checked out Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party "Ask Amy" series? Nobody has done this much to encourage girls to be strong and proud since, I don't know what, Sassy magazine? Judy Blume?
Anyway, this actually has nothing to do with Amy Poehler and the many, many ways that I love her. But this really made me think about Tina Fey.
(So if you didn't watch the Golden Globes, and you don't feel like clicking through, here's a plot summary: Tina, Amy, and Lena Dunham were all up for the same award and Lena won. She thanked Tina and Amy for getting her through terrible times in her life, like middle school, to which Tina responded with a hu-uge Liz Lemon eye roll and then a snarky comment later on in the show.)
Now, I don't really care about Lena Dunham. I've never watched Girls and I thought Tiny Furniture was exactly the kind of movie a 20 year old girl would make, in the same way that seventh graders always write stories that begin with the alarm clock going off and end with "and it was just a dream!" (I think my FB review of Tiny Furniture was that my favorite character was the mom's apartment.)
But. BUT, as a teacher, my job is the absolute BEST when younger people tell me that I helped them through difficult times, let alone inspired them. I mean, that's the biggest compliment you can give somebody. I guess I don't understand Tina Fey's snark, especially when she has always seemed to be all about inspiring/empowering young women. Mean Girls, anybody? That came out so long ago, Lindsay Lohan was still sober(ish)!
And just for the record, when Mean Girls came out in 2004, Lena Dunham was in high school. When Tina Fey started working on SNL in 1997, Lena Dunham was 11. ELEVEN YEARS OLD! So what the hell, Tina Fey? When Lena Dunham said that you helped her through middle school, she was absolutely telling the truth. And what's so terrible about helping out a smart chubby girl through the worst three years in her life so that she comes out the other side a successful writer and actor? (Even if her movie is derivative and she takes her clothes off for no reason.)
Anyway, just a little disappointed in Tina Fey. (But unlike Diet Coke, I don't think she will kill you. Well, I'm like 94% sure.)