Tina Fey Says She Will Not Apologize For Comedy
In an interview with Net-a-Porter, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt creator got political about the culture of comedy, and said the trend of constantly seeking contrition from performers for absurd jokes has gotten totally out of hand.
"Steer clear of the internet and you’ll live forever," she warned. "We did an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 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."
The episode in question, called "Kimmy Goes On A Date!" finds Jane Krakowski's character Jacqueline Voorhees sorting through her Native American family history, and ultimately rejecting it in favor of assuming an identity as a white woman.
And Fey's never been one to hide her distaste for social media-obsession. Last week, she told BuzzFeed people are way too reliant on Twitter and Facebook for validation. "This is going to sound crazy, but you could not do social media," she advised a fan, who'd written in to ask how to deal with internet-jealousy.
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