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I also heart Tina Fey
Watching 30 Rock has inspired a love for Tina Fey that I didn’t know was possible to find in a prime-time female television character (but which may be emerging on a more consistent basis? I don’t watch enough TV to comment accurately on the matter). And I’m not the only one, the internet is full of love for Fey and her character, Liz Lemon.
Lemon, who’s in charge of a big network sketch comedy show, is hilarious and smart, totally dorky and totally real. I love so many scenes where her feminist sensibility emerges in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, but the scene in which she gets the guy is one of my absolute favourites (a close second is the one in which she – who is very single – buys a wedding dress because it’s on sale, then eventually rolls it up in a ball and uses it to prop up the leg of an Ikea desk she finally put together but which doesn’t quite work).
I can’t find a clip of the video, which is sad, as it truly is great. But here are some of the things she reveals to Floyd, the guy she’s after: * She’s been sexually rejected by two guys who later attended Clown College. * She gets super-nervous at the sound of vacuuming, which her mother used to mask the sounds of parental fights. * She almost never - okay, never - vacuums as a result. * She’s already had three donuts today. * During college, “I pooped my pants, a little bit, at a Country Steaks All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, and I didn’t leave until I finished my second plate of shrimp.” * A couple of months ago, she went on a date with her cousin. * There is an 80% chance in the next election that she will tell all her friends she is voting for Barack Obama, while she secretly votes for John McCain. * When she was a kid, she would put on her fanciest nightgown, mix orange soda and cream soda in a champagne glass, sit in the dark and watch, “The Love Boat.” * Consequently, she has “sexual fantasy stuff” for Gopher. * She lied. She’s had five donuts.
Amazing! And she gets the guy. Here are some other awesome Liz Lemon moments.
Fey, who also writes and produces for the show (and as a result has been called “a rising player in what has been a man’s game”) has been on the picket line during the Writer’s Guild strike (even though as an actor/producer she had to finish her obligations!) and has been articulate and outspoken about issues facing writers and other workers in the industry. Be still my beating heart.