Tina Fey eats cake on Saturday Night Live; her 'sheetcaking' movement has Twitter divided
Amercian actress-comedian Tina Fey, who is known for her politically charged content, launched a movement called 'sheetcaking' on SNL's Weekend Update. The campaign comes as a response to the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
As per The Washington Post, some people are not pleased with her commentary, deeming it as "racially insensitive". But here's a response to that: Maybe, Fey is a comedian and making jokes is a part of her job?
Fey is an alum of the University of Virginia and wore her alma mater's sweatshirt to the show. In her signature tongue-in-cheek style, she urged march participants to rather order a cake with the American flag on it from a local business and do the needful — eat it.
Host Colin could not hide his apprehensions about Fey's crusade and asked her how it was going to be of any use, whatsoever. The comedienne then explained that while there is a bunch of privileged white men raising slogans about reclaiming their country, there is also another group that wants to tell them that they first stole the country from the Native-Americans.
Here's a short clip of Fey gloriously stuffing her mouth with cake while making some acerbic socio-political commentary:
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) August 18, 2017
The hashtags #Sheetcaking and #sheetcakemovement were quick to trend on Twitter and there was an evident divide between people who loved the video and people who hated it. Here are a few tweets from both sides:
Love Tina Fey, but I'm REALLY not feeling her "Ignore racism and stress-eat instead" take. It strikes me as willfully naive and privileged. — Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) August 18, 2017
that tina fey bit on snl was not funny, it is white privilege in action. ignoring nazis won't make them go away.
— fatness everdeen (@rachelleabellar) August 18, 2017
There are like 10 famous women in all history, how do you not know to disassociate yourself from the one who ate cake during a revolution? https://t.co/QsLrs9JL5L — Mara Smith (@namarasmith) August 18, 2017
So about Tina Fey...not all drag queens are Black and not all Black men are prone to violent behavior.
— Juan S. Robles 🇩🇴 (@J_S_Robles) August 18, 2017
— Mr. M. McDonald (@Mr_McDonaldDOM) August 18, 2017
Sometimes, all you want to do is ask people to chill and take a joke for a joke, but then, you could just eat cake instead.