Tina Fey Is Tired of Being Asked If She's 'Grateful' for the Current Era of Women in Comedy

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Tina Fey is weary of folks acting like she should be grateful for the small strides comedy has made towards gender equity, and we all continue to be weary of people requesting cookies for doing what they’re supposed to do.


In an interview with Town & Country, Fey lamented that even the questions she and Poehler were posed during their Sisters press junkets about gender equity were in themselves pretty sexist.

“Every single interviewer asked, ‘Isn’t this an amazing time for women in comedy?’ People really wanted us to be openly grateful—’Thank you so much!’—and we were 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.’”

She added that another journalist wanted to know what she and Poehler fought about (probably to create a catfight narrative) but she sidestepped that too.

“’We fight about the same things Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fight about. Do you ask them that question?’”

Elsewhere, during a Howard Stern satellite radio interview on Tuesday, Fey talks about how happy she was to come back to New York City after the “Hollywood bullshit” of the Oscars. Via Vanity Fair:

Everyone’s telling me what to do,” she said of the politicized ceremony. “People are yelling at me about rape and corporate greed but really it’s climate change. I was like, ‘Guys, pick a lane. Like we’re going to fix everything tonight.’ And also like, ‘You’re all rich. Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed?”


When asked about Chris Rock’s controversial racially-themed opening for the show, she said it was “fantastic,” adding that those who were upset about his performance shouldn’t have been because Rock’s monologue was what he’s known for.

“This is what you ordered,” Fey deadpanned. “You wanted this.”

Fey also noted that she tried to get friendly with Caitlyn Jenner at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s after party, but Jenner was too fabulous to notice her. Later in the chat, when Stern said Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change speeches ring hollow because he’s a modelizer, Fey said that “doesn’t affect the green footprint, no matter how many women you [sleep with], as long as you walk over to them.”


Never change, Tina Fey.

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