Tina Fey doesn’t want your heavy-handed speeches on the cultural issues weighing heavily on our’s and Hollywood’s shoulders, oh no. The Queen of Comedy can see right through it, your bleeding heart attempt at kickstarting societal change. You’re all over the place, you see. There’s probably a better place to crusade for your cause of choice, instead of an awards ceremony where multi-millionaires attempt to gain validation via the tastes of other millionaires through a relatively arbitrary voting process. She made her thoughts known in a rant on Howard Stern.
“I thought his monologue was fantastic. That’s the tricky thing about shows like that – you don’t get a dress rehearsal. You don’t get that opportunity.
Then she explained that you wanted Chris Rock, you got Chris Rock. (And anyone who thought Chris Rock wouldn’t be Chris Rock obviously doesn’t know Chris Rock.)
“This is what you ordered – you wanted this.”
But as the night went on, Fey got sick of the constant preaching, regardless of the issue:
“I’m so glad I live here [in New York City], because halfway through [the Oscars], I was like, ‘This is some real Hollywood bullsh*t.’ Everyone’s telling me what to do. People are yelling at me about rape and corporate greed, but really, it’s climate change.
“I was like, ‘Guys, pick a lane. Like we’re going to fix everything tonight.’ And also, like, ‘You’re all rich. Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed?’ “
But despite being annoyed at various speeches, some ham-fisted, some not, she gave Leo DiCaprio his full props for a concise speech that clearly explained that we’re utterly f*cked unless some things change with how we’re treating Mother Earth:
‘I always am psyched when someone is articulate with those things because, let’s face it, actors are very stupid, but he’s so smart and his speech was so cogent.’
And before you go saying, “Liz Lemon, you’re an actress. Why are you calling actors dumb?” It’s probably because she’s been able to navigate the strange maze of Hollywood as a writer, showrunner and actress while staying on the right side of tabloid history.