The Hollywood Sigh is back In the Powder Room! This week’s snarky celebrity gossip with a twist…
Tina Fey: “We Need To Stop Talking About Whether Women Are Funny”
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen the Pavlovian response of “she’s trying too hard” regarding women’s humor, I wouldn’t be considering which of my not-quite-vital organs to sell to fund my kids’ college tuitions. It’s tough being a vulgar bitch, and nobody knows that better than Tina Fey.
In an interview with Town & Country magazine, Tina touched on her experience fighting for an equal seat at the funny table, even with an impressive resume behind her:
“Every single interviewer [asks], ‘Isn’t this an amazing time for women in comedy?’ People really [want] us to be openly grateful—’Thank you so much!’—and we [are] like, ‘No, it’s a terrible time. If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.’”
Tina also discussed Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and the other women with whom she came up the ranks, as well as their philosophy on sisterhood:
“We really are a generation that is there to work together and not be tricked into thinking we have to backstab each other to get somewhere. So while I can’t take credit for the trend, I am definitely not part of the problem.”
I can say from experience that a woman with a bawdy sense of humor takes a lot of shit. If people don’t use double standards to outright “police” her perceived vulgarity, then admonishments are whispered behind her back. There’s also the suggestion that if a man laughs at her jokes, he’s only placating her while figuring out the quickest way to sling her the D. And don’t forget the pervasive belief that women are not inherently funny, and that any attempt on their part is just that—an attempt.
So seeing women who are at the top of their game like Tina, and still working to pave the way for others? It just tickles my dick joke-making pickle.
When the Old Body-Shames the New
Jaws dropped when size-16 model Ashley Graham appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition—mine included. I covet the fuck out of women of all shapes and sizes, and she is no exception. Unfortunately, not everyone’s eyeballs appreciated SI’s strides to add a little double-digit goodness to their pages. Legendary model Cheryl Tiegs tossed in her two cents—one of her own, and one donated by Dr. Oz.
When asked about Ashley, Cheryl shared the doctor’s belief that anything more than a 35” waist is unhealthy and added that we shouldn’t be glamorizing plus-sized women.
The backlash against Cheryl was swift and unyielding, and she tweeted an apology of sorts:
Some agreed with Cheryl, believing she had a shapely leg on which to stand. Others pointed out that cocaine habits, excessive fasting, drinking laxative tea, and fellating cigarettes may make for thin models, but isn’t remotely healthy.
This original piece by Megan was written exclusively for In the Powder Room, a division of Hold My Purse Productions, LLC. Featured photo credits: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons and @TheAshleyGraham via Twitter.