For those of us ladies who prefer to present ourselves as somewhat ladylike with an air of mystery surrounding us, Tina Fey’s performance on David Letterman’s farewell tour was well, DISGUSTING! She gave away all the secrets!
Tina Fey explained to David Letterman that her so-long visit to him on CBS’s Late Show was the last time she ever would wear a fancy dress to a late night show, because it’s “very hard work – I don’t know if you’re aware of the contraptions under here.” Jimmy Fallon is like her brother so it would be “creepy” to dress up to stop by NBC’s Tonight Show, she said.And, as for whether she’d wear special underwear for new Late Late Show host James Corden, “it’s not going to happen,” she said. “The next time you see me I will be playing charades in a slanket.”
“Because this is my last time wearing a fancy dress on a talk show, and conforming to gender norms out of respect for you…I want to give you the dress,” she said.
By the norms of the beach and some rather socially unacceptable filmography in the United States, the underwear Fey stripped down to was tame. (And she is correct that it’s pretty sophisticated in the technology territory. Seriously, spandex was the best thing to happen to the foundations industry in years.) However, in every day discourse, that little performance was obscene and meant strictly to get the attention we are now giving it.
BYE DAVE on the hoo-ha? Who thought that was a good idea?
There are gentlemen, or just men, who undoubtedly think to themselves, hey, what’s the big deal? She’s got the body, she can pull it off. She can strip for me anytime. That of course, is and is not the point.
For many years now, women have been putting themselves on display for attention. Sexual attention from men. Why? Because the overall culture has us convinced that we have to. In that way, we become objects, sexual objects, not one of the building blocks of the family, or individually beautiful and mysterious creatures. The message is we can be used – which is completely the opposite of the feminist message she was trying to convey. (The Guardian has a good piece on this.)
Tina Fey is correct, it takes a lot of work to look that good. Why she would need to be vulgar about handing David Letterman a trophy is all about gaining attention for herself. Besides, now the world knows her body does not defy gravity on its own…did she really want to give that secret away?
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