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Tina Fey Tells People Not To Rally Against White Supremacists

This past week, celebrities have been tripping over themselves to issue the most memorable indictment of the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. Even Jimmy Fallon, a man who’s rabidly committed to containing his show to jokes that both conservatives and liberals can not laugh at together, got in on the action.

Unfortunately, among so many condemnations of injustice from so many people who are normally confined to commenting only on who they’re wearing, someone was bound to miss the mark. This time around, the court of public opinion has ruled that it is Tina Fey’s turn to be called out.

Thursday night, Fey joined “Weekend Update” hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost for “Weekend Update: Summer Edition” to discuss how best to approach neo-Nazi rallies in the future. The comedian advised viewers to partake in something she calls “sheetcaking,” an activity in which one stays home and eats cake instead of protesting neo-Nazis.

“Treat these rallies like the opening of a thoughtful movie with two female leads,” Fey said in the bit, her mouth full of cake. “Don’t show up.”

Unfortunately, Twitter was largely unimpressed by the joke.

For a non-Jewish white woman like Fey, consuming 4000 grams of sugar probably seems like a fantastic alternative to putting oneself in imminent danger by attending an anti-Nazi protest. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the consequence of doing nothing is more dangerous than putting our bodies in the streets.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter, @arr_scott


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