Tina Fey is not shy to politics, having infamously portrayed Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, but in an interview with two ACLU leaders, she wasn’t focused on comedy, she wanted to send a message to women like herself:
“A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV. I would want to urge them to like, ‘You can’t look away’ because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually.”
Fey wants women to stand up for other women’s rights, even if they don’t feel like they will benefit from those protections. She is urging college-educated white women not to “turn away from what is happening” because what affects one woman effects all women. She doesn’t mind if they want to watch HGTV, she just also wants them to help others, following her example:
“I personally will make my own pledge as a college-educated white woman to not look away to not pretend that things are happening now won’t eventually affect me if we don’t put a stop to it.”
Fey particularly implored women to feel “compassion and empathy” for at-risk groups that are most likely to suffer under Trump. The recent actions and attitudes the Republicans have shown towards women’s rights demonstrate this, whether it is Mike Pence gleefully stripping women of rights to health care, or a Representative calling pregnancy by rape a gift from God. Hopefully Fey will inspire women to fight beside her.