In an astoundingly “unwoke” segment on Weekend Update: Summer Edition, comedian Tina Fey appeared with a sheet cake and urged her fellow always-on-the-moral-high-road progressive warriors to engage in stress eating instead of confronting neo-nazis and white supremacists. It’s what we’ve come to expect from late-night television’s “funny” people who, despite all their virtue signaling and “brave” stands against discredited hate groups that have no real power, have been marinating in rage and hatred since November 8.
It’s pretty sad that Fey’s cakeface is what passes for edgy comedy these days. Consider: Fey sits on a sound stage, surrounded by like-minded progressive drones who provide the laugh track for what is basically a six-minute monologue of one-sided, straw-man insults. She goes after the usual conservative targets: “Then when Ann Coulter crawls out of her roach motel and says, ‘Antifa attacked Republicans in Berkeley,’ and you’re like ‘O.K., yard-sale Barbie, but the other side is Nazis and Klansmen. And also, who drove the car into the crowd, Hillary’s e-mails?”
What dishonesty, you daft cow! The “other side” from the Nazis and Klansmen is a bunch of neo-Stalinists who didn’t just “attack” conservatives. They tried to burn down the entire city of Berkeley, supposedly the birthplace of the free speech movement, to keep conservatives from speaking. These are people who wish to threaten and intimidate anyone who disagrees with them, including you for not being radical enough. They’ve gained traction and support in some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country. But in Fey’s universe, that’s no big deal. Masked protestors from/at elite, powerful schools embracing Stalinist/Maoist tactics and violence? Meh. Just a bunch of college kids having a good time, I guess. She said, “I’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I wasn’t confused by it. Nazis are always bad,” as if that’s the point. Well, a lot of us have also seen The Killing Fields and weren’t confused by it either. Radical leftists are always bad, too.
Apparently, all that sugar must have impacted her memory, because she doesn’t seem to recall that a leftist tried to pull off a political assassination of Republican lawmakers in June. Donald Trump was dead right to condemn political violence on many sides, despite Fey’s unwillingness to acknowledge that Antifa is a dangerous group that should itself be called out as a domestic terror organization. Of course her message to progressives to stay home, while sane, is also a tacit admission that her radical left is just as violent and out of control as the far right. Unfortunately, it’s much more fun to be holier-than-thou and ignore progressive jackbooted behavior.
If Coulter is “yard-sale Barbie, what is Fey? At least the conservative firebrand is brave enough to appear in front of a hostile audience and debate an actual position, unlike Fey, who holes up at NBC Studios or in some upscale Manhattan penthouse among her smug comrades who are willing to feed her addiction to confirmation bias and condone the left’s brutality. Let us see Fey appear before a room of conservatives at Liberty University and deliver a stand-up routine. I’m sure she’d be treated with more respect and dignity than she and her SNL buddies treat conservatives who appear on that program. Instead, she’d rather stay in her safe space and regale us with surprising insights that we’ve never thought of, such as “White supremacy is bad!” Genius stuff.
Basically, she’s Marie Antionette Barbie, telling progressives to “eat cake.” Unfortunately for her, many of her progressive comrades in arms found her routine insulting. One Twitter poster wrote, “There are like 10 famous women in all history, how do you not know to disassociate yourself from the one who ate cake during a revolution?”
Fey’s comments about neo-nazis coming to New York brought about similar criticism. She said, “Part of me hopes these neo-Nazis do try [rallying] in New York City. I hope they try it and get the ham salad kicked out of them by a bunch of drag queens. Because you know what a drag queen still is? A 6’4″ black man.” In response, one Twitter user wrote, “I wonder if Tina Fey knows the idea that ‘black men are threatening’ is the same racist idea that gets them knee-jerk shot by police.” Another Twitter user said, “That Tina Fey bit on SNL was not funny. It is white privilege in action. Ignoring Nazis won’t make them go away.”
Cake Girl also launched into a litany of other condemnations, saying we “stole” the country from the Native Americans, perhaps suggesting that she looked up a few Howard Zinn quotes beforehand to make herself feel smart. If Fey presumes to be judge and jury for the sins of the country, she’s in a fine position to do something about past evils, like giving up all her wealth and privilege to the ancestors of some deserving Native American family displaced when Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island. Of course that’ll never happen—unless of course the radical left gets what it wants and the country completely collapses into revolution. Antifa will take her stuff forcibly. Right now, Fey simply wants to lecture everyone else, offer a few mea culpas that don’t require her to actually do anything inconvenient or difficult, and get back to the cocktail parties with her like-minded friends.
If this political and social unrest plays out to its logical conclusion, though, Marie Antionette Barbie’s head might be the first one on the pike. Then other well-meaning but naïve progressives who’ve embraced the quasi-Marxist notion of “white privilege” may find themselves, as in the cultural revolutions in China and Cambodia, banished to the countrysides of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi to pick cotton and atone for the sins of the past. I sincerely hope the republic is strong enough to withstand the progressive brownshirts who pose a threat to all of us, including Fey, though she seems mostly reluctant to admit there’s any problem on the left.