Tina Fey has been a card-carrying liberal for as long as she’s been in the public spotlight, but she’s recently come under fire from her own party after a “racist” segment was run during her Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. However, the way she responded has people upset, and you might be surprised to learn why.
During a recent interview with Vox, Fey said that she’s had enough of our “culture of demanding apologies,” and she wasn’t going to tolerate it anymore. The comments come as a reaction to accusations of racism for casting a blonde, white Polish woman for the role of a Native American in her Netflix series, which shows that even liberals aren’t safe from the perpetually offended.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
Jane Krakowski as a Native American is so… Not okay.
— Bassey (@Basseyworld) December 5, 2015
I know young white people love Jane Krakowski, but I’m still not over that ridiculously racist Native American story.
— king. (@kquartermaines) September 20, 2015
Here’s what Fey had to say about the remarks:
Steer clear of the internet and you’ll live forever. We did an episode and the internet was in a whirlwind, calling it ‘racist,’ but my new goal is not to explain jokes. I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves. There’s a real culture of demanding apologies, and I’m opting out of that.
Her comments are rather ironic, given she helped to create the culture we live in, but not everyone sees the irony. The writer for Vox was actually upset that Fey is choosing to not give online trolls credibility any longer, which effectively takes away their bullying power – something they rely heavily on to get what they want.
Fey’s declaration that she’s “opting out” of some criticism just because it’s published online is disappointing. After all, many of the complaints against “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” came from people who genuinely liked the series; to paraphrase almost every parent ever, some fans were mad, but most were just disappointed.
Why wouldn’t they be? These days, all it takes is one overly sensitive pansy to throw a hissy fit and every self-loathing liberal runs to coddle them, which only enables such behavior in the future. But when they’re ignored, any relevancy they had is gone, and their bullying power is stripped away.
While I applaud Fey for standing up against the outrage industry, I wonder if she’s going to be consistent in her views on the subject and choose to opt out of faux offense the next time something happens that sends the progressive left into a tizzy. To be honest, I highly doubt it. Her outspoken leftist views have prolonged her career in Hollywood, and she’s not likely to abandon them since it would mean the well of work would run dry.