Posted at 5:00 AM Mar 19, 2010By Kiala Kazebee
I recognize the importance of publicity, and I fucking celebrate the glory of a sexy, smart woman or vice versa or one or the other or whatever but Esquire is such a terrible entity, I hate the idea of Tina Fey being a part of that soul crushing machine. And even though she sort of addresses this issue, she also backs out of it with the slippery logic of a politician.
"The idea of the photo shoot is something like my wild night out. The irony being that I don't do that. I got an e-mail [from Esquire] with a list of the potential setups, and my e-mail back was like, Well, I need to decline being handcuffed to a bed. I won't straddle anyone. I won't make out with a cop. There are certain things, I totally get them as a premise. And they're all good fun, and if I were a young single model, they would be appropriate, but, you know, I'm a mom. And my kid's going to find this someday. I don't want to be handcuffed to a bed in Esquire. What are you nuts? I'm not going to make out with a cop that I'm handcuffed to. I got to get my kid into kindergarten. I guess that's more of a Montessori way of learning, when they handcuff you to things."Funny and pithy and correct, right? But also, she "totally gets them as a premise" is a statement I don't believe and makes me sad in my sad heart place. There is nothing to "get" about objectifying and sexualizing another successful woman as a "premise" other than "degrading to everyone." And we all know Tina Fey is smart enough to know better. In fact, she goes on to say:
"What I've come to realize is that when people say, 'The thinking man's whatever' -- there's no such thing. The thinking man also wants to fuck Megan Fox."I really don't want to get all up in arms about a silly photo shoot for a stupid magazine, but when someone I admire and look to for inspiration compromises on something I have a real problem with, it upsets me. Am I alone in this?