It’s no secret that when it comes to political matters of the heart, Tina Fey wears hers on her sleeve. We’d expect nothing less from the woman who singlehandedly out-Palined Sarah Palin at every single turn on Saturday Night Live.
And in a world where Donald Trump is the American president, female reproductive rights are often decided by men and a story like The Handmaid’s Tale is starting to be seen by some as a documentary rather than the piece of fiction that it is, Fey is urging more women to stand up and take notice.
During an ACLU benefit on Friday night, Fey addressed women — notably white women — who voted for Trump, urging them to start paying attention to what’s going on in the world that they helped to create.
“A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV,” Fey said. “I would want to urge them to like, ‘You can’t look away’ because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually… open two windows. Do watch HGTV. [Don’t] turn our attention away form what is happening.”
It’s a bold statement to be sure (44 per cent of white female college grads reportedly voted Trump), but it’s also one that applies to the citizens of any country. Here in Canada one of the arguments we’ve heard most following the results of the U.S. election is how much attention we all paid to that, but how little attention we paid to our own vote. Or how little we all know about current policies and practices, for that matter. Well, Fey’s taking it personally, and asking us all to do the same.
“I personally will make my own pledge as a college-educated white woman to not look away,” Fey added. “To not pretend that things that are happening now won’t eventually affect me if we don’t put a stop to it.”
In typical Fey fashion she wasn’t all doom and gloom though, opting to reach some people through her humour instead.
“Women’s rights have come a long way in the last century but there’s still a long, long way to go. Did you know that women still only make one Ghostbusters movie to every two made by men? And men average Oceans 11 for every Oceans 8 that goes to women. That is simply unacceptable,” she joked before turning serious again.
“Gains that we’ve made over the past 100 years are under attack. Luckily Mike Pence isn’t allowed to go down and shut up Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him. So you know, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking — we can all still get pap smears,” she said.
Pence wasn’t the only one Fey decided to attack during the talk though; she took aim at Trump, too.
“Earlier tonight in what is surely an April Fools’ joke, the President proclaimed that next month will be national sexual assault awareness and prevention month … so now we know what he gave up for Lent, that’s good,” she said.
Now if only we could all hold our own governments accountable like that. Well, if Fey has her way, maybe a few more of us will in the very near future.