Okay, so this happened yonks ago, but I need to comment on this because I kind of can't get over it. And I got a specific request from Gospel reader choolie to weigh in, and I am a supreme narcissist. I cannot NOT respond when someone specifically asks for my two cents. Particularly when that person is one of the readers of this blog who does NOT know me personally from the days when my favorite cocktail was vodka poured into unfrozen Otter Pops and had a dormmate who smelled like burritos.
Y'all know I love Tina Fey. She is my hero. But this little comment kind of pissed me off:
"What pleases you more, applause or laughter?
Fey: Laughter. You can prompt applause with a sign. My friend, SNL writer Seth Meyers, coined the term clapter, which is when you do a political joke and people go, "Woo-hoo." It means they sort of approve but didn't really like it that much. You hear a lot of that on [whispers] The Daily Show."
Seriously Tina? Why the chip on your shoulder? Ever since your Hillary endorsement on SNL you seem to have a bit of a bug up your ass. Until recently, a lot more people watched The Daily Show than SNL--about 1.5 million a NIGHT, compared to the 6 million who tuned in to your SNL episode, which was a 36% jump in the ratings for the show from the pre-strike period. And let's not forget that 30 Rock is pretty much a ratings failure. I'm not saying that's as it should be--most people are just stupid because 30 Rock is cheeeeenius and, sidebar, COMES BACK THIS THURSDAY AND I CAN'T WAIT--but it's true. So clearly Jon is doing something right. Is it because he doesn't like Hillary like MOST of the rest of us? Lighten up. You're taking yourself a touch seriously and getting a tad big for your britches, I think.
Also, why are you being interviewed by Readers Digest of all things? Does RD's demographic of 80-yr-old retirees even know who you are? And if they do, do they enjoy your work or think you're an irreverent shrew who should keep quiet because, why, in their day, women had manners and knew their place and....
Anyway, I'd venture to guess that other than the fundamental issue of your supporting Hillary and Jon most likely not, you're probably pulling for the same things: to tell it like it is since the mainstream media continually falls down on the job. So why do you have to get snipey? Frankly, I think you should have some respect for Jon and what he does. He's brought an awful lot of people around to giving a shi* about their country, and there's a lot more to be learned about our political system from his show than mainstays like the nightly news. His impact on the political climate is immeasurable. Yours was pretty much non-existent until your Hillary rant a month ago. Just sayin'.
But most importantly, my dear Tina...if a higher applause-to-laughter ratio means the material wasn't funny, as you stated, then how do you explain the audience's reaction to YOUR political material (which, despite pissing me off and disappointing me that even you, the ultimate modern feminist and a fuc*ing genius, would be duped into not realizing how cynically and manipulatively "feminist" [quotes inserted with sarcasm] Hillary is, WAS fuc*ing brilliantly funny)?
Hmm...awful lot of "clapter" going on there, Fey. Guess the SNL audience that night "sort of approved but didn't really like it that much."
Sort of like the voting public.
(I still love you though, okay? No seriously. A lot. K?)