Tina Fey is pretty widely regarded as one of the most brilliant comedic minds of this generation. That doesn’t mean she’s above making mistakes, though.
She sat down with David Letterman for his new Netflix show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” and the subject of “The Sheet Cake Segment” came up.
You may recall Fey’s infamous SNL Weekend Update rant in which she delivered a fiery and hilarious take down of alt-right groups and their rallies. The material was gold, and it’s work Tina is really proud of… … …
Riiiiiiiiiiight up until the end there, where Tina admits:
“I chumped it. I screwed up.”
You may recall that Fey ended the SNL rant by encouraging people to simply ignore the protests. First, she suggested people just buy a cake with an American Flag on it and eat it instead of showing up to counter protests. She then implied that counter protests are just “participating in screaming matches and potential violence.” She closed it out by again encouraging that people just ignore the issue:
“In conclusion, I really want to encourage all good, sane Americans to treat these rallies this weekend like the opening of a thoughtful movie with two female leads: Don’t show up.”
A lot of people felt the joke fell flat and sent the wrong message. People were quick to point out that the average citizen can’t afford to sit around and do nothing, but Tina — who is wealthy, educated, white, and famous — absolutely could.
To those people, Tina would like to say… you were right. Tina agrees the last few lines sent the wrong message and that it wasn’t her intention.
She told Letterman:
I felt like a gymnast who did, like, a very solid routine, and broke her ankle on the landing. Because it’s literally within the last – I think – two or three sentences of the piece that I chumped it. And I screwed up. And the implication was that I was telling people to give up and not be active and to not fight. That was not my intention, you know, obviously.
She went on to explain that if she could do it again, she’d change a line:
If I could put one sentence back digitally, I would say fight them in every way except the way that they want, but I didn’t write that at the time. I wrote that two days later as I was pacing in my house, and that’s the nature of SNL.
Rather than making a big deal out of a public apology for it, she’s taking a more proactive and athletic approach. Tina wants people to know she is listening to criticism, she is taking notes and learning from her mistakes, and she’s not afraid to keep trying to help, even if she makes a mistake.
She’s going to keep going.
You have to be an athlete about it…I broke my ankle on the landing. Next time, I’ll try again
Folks really seemed to appreciate Fey’s admission:
This is cool and heartwarming. I love Tina Fey. https://t.co/iSDjixE1PR
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) May 4, 2018
She's really not a person who apologizes for stuff she's said, so you know she's serious about this and not just trying to win favor. Good woman.
— Jess (@JeskEyre) May 4, 2018
Agreed. Loved this interview. Thank you Dave
— Denise Naj (@naj_denise) May 6, 2018
Although others felt she had nothing to apologize for:
I've watched it two more times and I feel that Tina Fey mustered up all of my latent sarcasm and directed it into a sketch that said what I couldn't. I do not see what Ms. Fey has to apologize for.
— Whiskey in a Jar (@whiskeypath) May 5, 2018
I think she's being too hard on herself. I totally understood what she was trying to say.
— South Dallas Foodie (@SouthDallasFood) May 4, 2018
I thought it was right on the mark!
— Jenny O'Connor (@jen0323) May 4, 2018
Watch the skit for yourself here and let us know what you think.