Maureen Dowd Interviews Tina Fey, Attacks Feminism

Don't worry, Tina Fey comes out unscathed (and as awesome as ever).
This Vanity Fair profile of Tina Fey is both intriguing and unbelievably irritating, because Maureen Dowd wrote it.  Dowd is more than a little obsessed with Fey's looks (though it's depressing but interesting that Fey had to lose 30 pounds and learn to ape the sexy librarian look before she got to be on TV -- it's the sort of thing that makes even the most ardent feminist stick to salad if she wants to get anywhere in this world), and it even seems like Dowd really can't comprehend a woman who has a big but not ugly scar on her face who might not really care that much about it.  She quotes "30 Rock" against Fey, her friends, and her husband's relative indifference to the scar, as if it reveals the real truth.

I wonder how the scar affected Fey in high school. "She wasn't Rocky Dennis developing a sense of humor because of her looks, like in Mask," says Damian Holbrook, laughing. Liz Lemon's blustery Republican boss, Jack Donaghy, played with comic genius by Alec Baldwin, tells Lemon, "I don't know what happened in your life that caused you to develop a sense of humor as a coping mechanism. Maybe it was some sort of brace or corrective boot you wore during childhood, but in any case I'm glad you're on my team."

Ooooh burn.  Except not.  I wonder if Dowd realizes that other writers can in fact write without projecting all their issues out into the world. 

Amanda Marcotte co-writes the popular blog Pandagon. She is the author of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.
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