I’m not sure if it’s because I was fired up after watching the Popes of Blackness (Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West and Jesse Jackson) along with others of the General Board of Blackness (Donna Brazile, Robert Michael Franklin, Dick Gregory, Na’im Akbar et. al.) at the 2008 State of the Black Union hosted by Archbishop Tavis Smiley, but, did I really hear Tina Fey of “Saturday Night Live” stardom and “30 Rock” fame say what she did at the end of a spiel that was clearly an endorsement of Hillary Clinton?
I guess, I was already pissed that she was allowed such leeway in a show that I was never bowled over by her acting skills, to speak so candidly about her political position. I understand that one’s political choice as a Democrat is their choice for whatever reason, but to openly suggest that the feminist movement had liberated women so much that they were free to listen to Oprah for their choice of president. Well, that was a good joke–I give props where props are due. I really had a problem with the suggestion that women should only vote for Hillary because she is a woman and that it insinuated that there was only a certain level of liberation that was needed. Where I come from, if one engages in liberation philosophy (or even liberation theology) then one needs to be quite certain that the ultimate goal of liberation politics and philosophies is that nothing is bound and everything is free. Is Tina Fey aware of the consciousness shaping thoughts that she is disseminating from her mouth?
Despite what my friend said, I’m convinced that all the aforementioned is penultimate to her final comment. She edged up saying that Hillary Clinton’s biggest critique was that she “comes off as a bitch”. Well, I still cringe when I hear that word on network television, but you’re only allowed to say “nigger” once during primetime television, and not at all during daytime television (but that’s another blog for another day). Well, I was okay with the liberalness of “bitch” especially from the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live, but after Fey in a rousing conclusion said that it was “okay to be a bitch, because bitches get things done” she ultimately finished by saying that “Bitch is the new Black!”
Allow this time for composure of the thoughts to continue with the blog reading.
Now, my friend told me that this was said in the context of when Jay-Z says “30 is the new 20″ and not making a reference to Black people. Well, to be quite honest, this particular Uppity Negro is NOT persuaded that this was the ultimate meaning.
I’m going to tell you what I saw when I saw this part of Weekend Update on the show:
When she made the comment about women looking at Oprah, there was a inframe picture of Obama and Oprah standing next to one another. I don’t believe that I am blowing out of proportion that it is DEFINITELY possible that Tina Fey was suggesting that perhaps, just perhaps, that white women need not listen to Oprah Winfrey and thereby deny their inherent right to white womanism. I mean let’s be realistic: professional jealousy exists. Tina Fey, as a white woman in this country would be operating well within her ideals of white privilege by trying to figure out how did an Oprah Winfrey born in rural Kosciusko, Mississippi get to be this media mogul and she doesn’t see anyone else who looks like her in the same position as Oprah.
So, in lieu of the stunning commentary that I heard from Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Eric Dyson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Mayor C. Ray Nagin from the first panel of the State of the Black Union and DICK GREGORY (he will require a post unto himself), Rev. Al Sharpton, Nicole Lee and Donna Brazile, it was VERY hard for me to swallow what Tina Feyallowed to pass the barrier of her pencil thin lips. I refuse for Blackness to be synonymous with some passe fashion motif or even as merely an age milestone ultimately to be surpassed. Especially as defined by a white woman!
Personally, I hope she has to offer a pubic recant of that statement and explain what the hell she meant by that statement because I’m quite sure that as for me and the other millions of others who watched that, concerning this political race where race and gender is bubbling under the surface of the debates and speeches, Tina Fey needs some explaining to do.
But I guess, I can’t fault her if her melanin deficiency results in her suffering from WWS (White Woman Syndrome).
Keep it uppity, JLL