Comedian Tina Fey has expressed concern over the direction of the country following Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the elections last month.
During an interview with David Letterman for Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment” issue, the veteran actress and former Saturday Night Live member voiced her fears for the dignity of America and is concerned that inappropriate online attacks will only “metastasize” during Trump’s presidency.
“How are we going to proceed with any kind of dignity in an increasingly ugly world?” Fey asked Letterman.
“In a world where the president makes fun of handicapped people and fat people, how do we proceed with dignity?” she added. “I want to tell people, ‘If you do two things this year, watch Idiocracy by Mike Judge and read [Nazi filmmaker] Leni Riefenstahl’s 800-page autobiography [Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir] and then call it a year.”
Letterman asked her if she thinks her daughters have a greater awareness of feminism compared to when they grew up a couple decades ago. Fey feels that Trump’s victory may be a “throwback” moment for America.
I definitely came out of last month feeling misogyny is much more real than two years ago. But the thing I worry about [more] than actual human interaction is the internet. Because that’s just despicable: people just being able to be awful to each other without having to be in the same room. It’s metastasizing now, thanks to our glorious president-elect who can’t muster the dignity of a seventh-grader. It’s so easy for people to abuse each other and to abandon all civility.
Fey also said that the President-elect’s criticism of Alec Baldwin’s impression of him makes her “feel sick for the state of the world,” and insisted that Trump showed “bad management skills” when demanded that the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, apologize to the Vice President-elect Mike Pence for lecturing him.
“I thought, our president-elect is a chump of a manager because don’t put yourself in a position where you’re asking for something and you’re going to be told no,” Fey said of Trump’s demand. “I learned that from [SNL showrunner] Lorne [Michaels]. You’re the president. You demanded an apology that you can’t get. Bad management skills.”