We don’t like it when our ducklings turn into swans
Tina Fey, you traitor, you ignored the clause in your smart/funny girl contract that says you weren’t supposed to get hot.
A bit glossier, with slightly whiter teeth and and a slightly smaller back side, that’s ok. But nowhere does it say you’re allowed to become a certified sex bomb. Vogue, yes, Esquire, a big no.
Don’t you know you’ve let all the other smart girls down? You’re as bad as Sophie Dahl, who went and turned from a plus-sized model into a straight up and down model-sized model. It’s just not done.
Tina Fey, the mega comedy brains who for years was the head writer on Saturday Night Live, and who’s own creation 30 Rock is already a comedy classic, has crossed over to the dark side - romantic comedies and raunchy photo shoots - and some of us are just not coping.
On the Daily Beast, Senior Correspondent Rebecca Dana has pleaded with Fey to “stay frumpy”, saying:
You take the glasses off the nerd girl or maybe you take her hair out of a ponytail, and all of a sudden she’s stunning and popular. And as fast as you can say “homecoming queen,” she’s breezing by the other misfits in the cafeteria, pretending not to recognize them.
The Esquire shoot is not Fey’s first foray into glossy glamour. Back in February she graced the cover of US Vogue.
The reaction was more bemused than horrified. Girl with a Satchel’s Erica Bartel was a bit put off, saying:
The whole thing just feels like a forced friendship. Like when your mother encourages you to play with the girl next door but you have NOTHING IN COMMON, because she’s into cheerleading, Britney Spears and shopping and you’re on the debate team, play the piano and like to collect stamps in your spare time. Try as you might to fake the friendship, you are Vegemite and she is peanut butter – you just don’t go together.
The Vogue shoot was acceptable in the smart/funny girl club, as it was aimed at women. It was high fashion, in the fashion bible, with funny Mickey Mouse ears and pretty dresses. It was an acceptable, but temporary foray into fantasy land that a mere mortal could even pull off.
Esquire, however, coupled with a box-office smash hit, is out of bounds.
Back to Rebecca Dana:
Every once in awhile, the irony melts right off the bottom of the page. And we’re left with Tina Fey, just looking hot. And hot is great, as long as it never becomes the whole point.
Sophie Dahl recently said that when she dropped from a size 16 to a size 10 she was unprepared for the reaction.
People definitely said I had betrayed them. Strangers felt very open to comment about it. When one is a projection of a collective thought, it’s very odd.
Instead of being congratulated for growing up Dahl was slammed as a traitor. It’s a weird thing that women do to each other.
Tina Fey hasn’t gotten less smart or less funny by finding a decent hair stylist and buying a push-up bra. Only if she stopped being smart and stopped being funny would she be letting the team down.
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