April 12, 2010

Tina Fey ribs "Bombshell" McGee

Ok. Yes. I’ll admit it. Tina Fey cracked me up with the whole “ran out of room on the labia” thing! But, my reaction is pretty well versed in this quote/comment from Dustin Time beneath the Huffington Post article (one of the only comments with a pro-woman stance that didn’t think bashing McGee was the appropriate avenue to traverse) :

Yeah, but on the other hand… it’s sort of perverse for women sympathetic to Bullock to direct their venom at this relatively powerless, easy-target female instead of James himself–the one who made the vows to Bullock, the one who clearly didn’t need a temptress to stray sordidly…

So much for sisterhood.

I agree, DustinTime. Fey also did a sketch that that poked fun at one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, as well. I think that all of the laughs tie right back into Melanie’s post about female relationships. I doubt that Bullock and McGee will ever be friends, or even friendly (despite today’s apology), but to blindly laugh at Tina’s jokes and  not recognize that we’re perpetuating the cycle of false, harmful, damaging female relationships and stereotypes is basically accepting that their existence is inevitable.

Sady at Feministe.com said:

I will go a step further, and point out that a lot of the “fun” is… well, just straight-up misogynist stereotyping.

I’m with DustinTime & Sady here; let’s stop blaming McGee for “ruining” Sandra’s life and start pointing the fingers where they belong…..


  1. Yeah… I thought some of the material was slightly a “main stream” sellout… I was a little surprised by Tina’s “cattiness” for lack of better term.

    Comment by Krista — April 12, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  2. I too laughed at Tina’s comments. But I feel weirdly conflicted on the matter. Someone pointed out in the comments section of Jezebel yesterday, maybe the reason the press is going after McGee is because she brought it on? She sold her story the tabloids, not Jesse, and she’s the one who continues to grant interviews, and talk about it everywhere, whereas Jesse is saying nothing, in rehab.

    Comment by Rachel — April 13, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  3. Perhaps, Rachel. In addition to your old fashioned mean girl cattiness that Lani mentions,I think a lot of it has to with the fact that she’s deemed a “trashy white trash slut.” I pointed this out in my Ms piece.http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/04/06/when-infidelity-becomes-sex-addiction/ She’s not the woman to root for, if you will. I wonder how the tabloids and the public would have responded if he a man was married to a woman like McGee and cheated with a woman like Bullock. Just something to ponder. But, as you point out, selling the story wasn’t exactly a way to score points. At the end of the day, though, Jesse James was married to Bullock and chose to carry on with multiple women.

    Comment by Melanie — April 13, 2010 @ 9:45 am

  4. Melanie,

    I definitely agree a lot of this has to do with her image – the topic of tattoos and the defense of them has come up a lot on blogs, etc. since McGee showed up. Jezebel actually had a really good piece on the matter regarding tattoos that are deemed “good girl” vs. tattoos that are considered “trashy” http://jezebel.com/5511021/painted-ladies-on-tats-and-trashiness

    And I completely agree with your piece on Ms. – there now seems to be a rehab for every PR nightmare. The “if Jesse were married to someone like McGee” thing is definitely something to think about, as well as, “if Jesse had messed around with someone deemed “classy” or “likeable” by the public
    – what the news stories would look like.

    Comment by Rachel — April 13, 2010 @ 10:53 am

  5. Good points, Rachel. I actually referenced the Jezebel piece in this quote from my article: likable wife with “trashy”. “Trashy” will link you to that piece.

    Comment by Melanie — April 13, 2010 @ 11:09 am

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