Tina Fey: “Toddlers are total d-bags. You gotta let them know.”


Tina Fey has a new interview with GQ this month, all to promote her book and 30 Rock. You can read the whole piece here – Tina’s interviews are always a good read. Unfortunately, though, Tina is doing this new thing where she’s trying to represent the sisterhood of women by standing up for the most rage-inducing amongst us. In her InStyle interview, Tina tried to defend Gwyneth Paltrow’s comments about crying when she left her kids to go to work. And in recent interviews, Tina has been defending Olivia Munn, who I think Tina fancies as her comedic protégé. The problem: Olivia doesn’t deserve it. She hasn’t earned it. Here are some excerpts from Tina’s GQ interview:

On her breast pump: “Yeah, the thing’s upsetting. I would try to pump milk while watching Entourage on demand. And that was the worst possible way to do it. Like, I had the pump on, and I’d hear Turtle on TV: “Yo, E, you ever f–k a girl when she has her period?” I just sat there thinking: Oooh, this is not how this is meant to be.

Louis C.K. has a classic line that it’s completely okay to call your kid an a–hole. What do you think?
I think that any person being an a–hole deserves it. Especially toddlers—they’re total d-bags. You gotta let them know.

Liz Lemon is Seinfeld: “She is the spine, yes. But I always feel like she’s like Jerry Seinfeld on Seinfeld. You couldn’t have done Seinfeld and hired some random guy to be Seinfeld. What he was bringing was very specific to him.”

Do you think Liz is ugly? Because there are all these jokes about her being unattractive, and I just don’t see it.
It’s never that she’s ugly—I mean, she is sometimes slovenly. But for me, it’s always been kind of the opposite of what people have said about her. It’s about how other men see her, and has nothing to do with how she really is. When Jack is like, “Ugh, you’re a mess,” it’s because of what his brain wants a woman to be. It has nothing to do with the physical symmetry of her size or anything. So no, she’s not ugly. She’s kind of sloppy. But all the clothes that Liz Lemon wears are much nicer than what I would wear on a writing-hiatus week.

Lady blogs like Jezebel exploded after the episode with the Liz-hires-a-feminist-comic thing. It sure seemed like you were commenting on the outrage when Olivia Munn—hot lady, not necessarily hot comic—was hired on The Daily Show.
I was actually really pleased that Jezebel got that it was about the whole Olivia thing, because the treatment of Olivia was weird on that site. She just kept getting reamed! And it was this weird mix. They would go after her, and then the next thing would be like, “Defending the Rights of Sex Workers.” And I was just like, “Well, why can’t we just say Olivia’s a sex worker? Leave her alone!”

[From GQ]

I remember that episode. The female comic that the show hired had an act that consisted of “sexy baby” talk and talking about her boobs and sex, and when Liz tried to “out” the female comic, it turned out that the woman was hiding from her abusive husband and she liked men around because she was always scared her ex would return. It was a weird episode that didn’t really have a significant political message other than “Female comics whose comedy relies on being infantile and sexy are people too.” I get that Olivia is a person. And I even think she’s kind of pretty. But I get tired of infantile “I’m a pretty girl, here are my boobs and I’m making a naughty sex joke!” comedians. It’s boring and unfunny.



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  1. Melanie says:

    Toddlers are d-bags made me LMFAO!

  2. Kloops says:

    Absofrickenlutely. I will champion women any day, but it has to be on their merits or else it’s meaningless! Olivia Munn is attractive but NOT funny. Damn,Tina, you’re hurting, not helping.

    And kids can totally be d-bags. Amen to that. Although I’d phrase it differently to their faces: “Inappropriate!”

  3. hmmhmm says:

    aww i wanted to share a very adorable youtube clip of two kids being egocentric about their age. totally depicted her view of them being naughty but its cool.

    question: are youtube links not allowed Kaiser? thanks in advance.

  4. The_Porscha says:

    I agree with Kloops. We can’t champion women for women’s sake, because then it loses its meaning. We have to champion them for doing something worthy of the accolade, like BEING FUNNY. Which Olivia Munn still isn’t. Maybe she’ll get there, but let’s not talk about her like she’s awesome at comedy.

  5. lucy2 says:

    She’s hilarious. I’ve seen a couple of her talk show interviews in the past week or so, and she’s always so funny.
    At first I’m annoyed at her for championing Olivia Munn, who I think is as funny as a bump on a log, but now I’m thinking that Tina has spent a long time in the boys club of comedy, and I think she’s just always looking out for other women trying to do it too. I just wish she’d root for someone better.

  6. miri says:

    Love Tina’s work and agree that women comics get a raw deal in a boys club, but Olivia? Munn? Munn is attractive but really untalented. Don’t get the support for her work.

  7. kazoo says:

    Heh. This reminds me of the SATC where Samantha called Miranda’s baby an asshole.

  8. krissy says:

    OMG that female comic episode of 30 Rock was so stupid! The moral was be nice to really really annoying female comics with no self worth because they might be hiding from an abusive ex-spouse?

    How about supporting a female comic who is FUNNY but not that SEXY

  9. Sigh. says:

    I JUST finished reading InStyle’s article with Tina Fey. She was asked who is the “boss” of “Ms. Bossypants”:

    “My Daughter – Kids are definitely the boss of you. Anyone who will barge into the room while you are on the commode is the boss of you. And when you explain to them that you’re on the commode and that they should leave but [they] don’t? That’s a high-level boss.”

    And I must have missed it. When was Munn EVER funny? She’s in waaay over her head (= level of talent) on The Daily Show.

  10. tvcon says:

    Kaiser I respectfully ask you this question. I’m not a fan of Munn either but who are you to say that when someone has earned something?

  11. Melanie says:

    Olivia is like the female Dane Cook, attractive but lame.

  12. Kaiser says:

    tvcon – Who am I to say? Who are you to say? Who is Tina to say? These are just my opinions. IMO, Olivia is a vapid, unfunny famewhore, not an up-and-coming female comic worthy of Tina Fey’s praise.

  13. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Amen Kaiser. Tell it to tvcon…

    Olivia Munn… damn, I just gagged.

  14. Jennifer says:

    The top pic?-I’ve never seen a hotter pregnant lady.

  15. ! says:

    Good to know Tina reads Jezebel, so I can now run over there and tell her Olivia Munn is part of the problem, and giving her a free pass is not part of the solution.

  16. Wilz says:

    Maybe she’s not defending Olivia for her level of comedy, but for the fact that the girl is working her butt off and all she’s getting is this level of completely unnecessary hatred. She never said Olivia was funny.

  17. Relli says:

    I think Tina Fey is a supporter of woman in general and that is something i can get behind. She has given many woman and young woman (lilo) chances to work and be part of great scripts and not go great scripts (er.. that Spring break movie with Sophie “plastic” Monk). But she has never seemed so heavily invested in making sure the public loves them as well until Munn. When Rachel Dratch was cut from 30 Rock, she merely accepted that it was the decision of the producers.

    My point is that maybe she is taking this Olivia thing to personal. while its important to support other woman in all career aspects, when you are an actress/comedian IT IS important for the public to like you because that who creates the buzz and demand for you to be in more things. My main issue with Olivia is that she lacks the ability to connect with whomever she is performing with, AND it becomes more of a “look at me i am so raunchy/dumb and hot” show and its just not entertaining… its sort of embarrassing.

    I will say this though, I caught her on Conan and candidly she was a little better. She was talking about her mother and how she was trying to get her to buy her new furniture and it was pretty funny. But then she flipped to a story abotu her step-dad having her Maxim pictures up in his pediatric dentist office and again it shifted to embarrassing… Olivia its not all T&A try being yourself!

  18. kira says:

    I love Tina Fey–but expecting us to like Olivia Munn?–that’s a bridge too far. I would change my mind if Olivia suddenly became talented or funny, though. Right now, I think she skates by on looking cute, and how does that help women at all?

  19. Anti-icon says:

    Funny but I just watched that episode yesterday. Tiny Fey is a comic genius. And a great interview. And she does give compliments to lots and lots of people. That’s classy…..and rare. Most male comics are NOT THAT GENEROUS.

  20. Denver Danni says:

    They hit three, and they’re total d-bags, lmao. I love her more every day. How adorable is her baby bump?

  21. Catherine says:

    Little kids are usually just being kids…thats what they do best. Most of the time it is their parents who are the d-bags.

  22. Lenore says:

    Amen Kloops! “I will champion women any day, but it has to be on their merits or else it’s meaningless!”

    Yeah, I like Tina Fey but really, “why can’t we just say Olivia’s a sex worker”?! Are you fucking kidding me? Way to set us back, oh, sixty years, Tina. Why not just say, “Hey, I know she’s not funny. It doesn’t matter. Just look at her tits, that’s all she’s there for. Heyyy, don’t be mean! Why you being so mean to the pretty girl? She and her tits need to be protected.”

    Fuck that. Seriously, sideways. With a wire brush.

  23. original kate says:

    olivia munn is so not funny – where did she come from, anyway? and yes, toddlers are often douchebags but more often it is the parents who behave with utter douchiness.

  24. Atticus says:

    As the mother of a 5 year old and a 2 year old, who are both very good at acting their respective ages…I fully co-sign the notion that toddlers can be d-bags and find Tina Fey’s comment hilarious. But you know if Angelina Jolie said the same thing about toddlers being d-bags, she’d be crucified. I happened to fully co-sign Angelina’s observation that newborns are blobs.

  25. Madison says:

    Toddlers can drive you insane some days but their just acting like a toddler, it’s the parents who are usually worse than their toddlers.

  26. Alarmjaguar says:

    Indeed, Atticus, indeed. And newborns are lumps, though I loved my lumps and now that they are toddlers, they are occasionally d-bags (esp this past week as we have given away pacifiers, omg!), but I love them anyway.

  27. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I have a 3yr old boy who I love more than anything in this world, and while I wouldn’t necessarily use the term ‘d-bag’ (even tho it’s hilarious), toddlers can definitely be a-holes sometimes. My son can be the sweetest, cutest, most hilarious kid ever. But as he’s learning his own identity, independence and thought processes, he has at times has some serious attitude and douchey qualities. I wouldn’t trade him for the world, tho. :-D I love Tina Fey for being bold enough to say the things us moms think, and funny enough to say them in ways that don’t offend (most) people).

  28. Kim says:

    Liz is NOTHING like Seinfeld. Seinfeld has talent. AANYONE could play Liz role whereas no one else could have played Seinfeld. HE was unique – she is not. And Liz is ugly.

  29. lrm says:

    is jezebel a feminist blog?
    i dont know anything about it-but if it is, then tina’s comments would make sense….
    also, is she not insinuating that olivia [dont know her either] is sort of a sex worker b/c most women in hollywood or celebs have to show T and A, more so than have talent, to get any work?

    when you think about, women sell their bodies and sexuality for many careers, not just paid prostitution/sex workers.

    That is i think her point.
    I did not think it was that subtle, but others are not seeming to be getting it?

    I also think she is saying why be so pissed at the person who is being paid to show T and A? what’s the point?
    It’s like ppl were offended that she got a coveted daily show slot based on looks alone.
    yea, like that has never happened before in the industry….

    i hardly think tina’s comments ‘set women back 60 yrs’….

    i think it’s like the zen saying ‘at first a tree is a tree. then a tree is more than a tree. then a tree is a tree again’.

    Tina’s back to the tree being a tree again.
    Like me.
    some of ya’ll [probably youngish no offense] are still in the tree being more than a tree phase.

    you can be more irreverent once it no longer has power over you. does not mean you don’t care, nor does it mean you are equating hollywood with sex workers in low economic positions.

  30. Ally says:

    Olivia Munn was terrific on Perfect Couples. The character could have been just a shreaking Monica Geller, but she brought something real, nuanced and subtly hilarious to it.

    I’m bummed that show got cancelled — NBC deserves its 4th place; they don’t even realize when they have a show with potential.

  31. Anti-icon says:

    #29 Kim: Seinfeld didn’t write that series, you nitwit. He was an actor and Larry David was the writer/creator. Tiny Fey created 30 Rock in addition to starring in it. That takes MUCH more talent than merely being a comedic actor.