30 Rock Jokes about rape, and Tina Fey does say something...
Dear Engaged Bystander: Sally Laskey, associate director of the NSVRC sent me a quick email about last week’s season premiere of the TV show 30 Rock. If you don’t know about this show, it is a very popular, prime time comedy series created by Tina Fey. The series is loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live and takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series.
- First, I am trying to imagine what it would be like to watch this scene as a survivor of rape. Most women would not feel they had to be wary of a comedy show like this.
- Second, I know that people are much more likely to remember images than words. That is why you see commercials about a new drug and the actors are smiling as they tell you about the life threatening side effects of that drug. People will remember the smiling faces. In this case, people will remember the rape and not Tina’s words that this is upsetting or wrong.
- Third, I was appalled that he was able to say that having sex with/raping his wife when she was sleeping was a great thing without any consequences.