Tina Fey delivered many moments of hilarity throughout her tenure as a "Weekend Update" anchor on Saturday Night Live, but her return to the desk last night (August 17) for the Thursday primetime version of the show is garnering more anger than laughs.
The University of Virginia alumnus (sporting a sweater from her alma mater) joined current hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che to talk about the recent violence in Charlottesville. Her advice for combatting the rise of white supremacy in America? Stay at home and eat a sheetcake.
In spite of what were probably good intentions to offer satirical comfort in troubling times (and some high-profile praise for the effort), Fey has also drawn heavy criticism for her response to Donald Trump's utter mishandling of last weekend's violence and the growing racial crisis in the States.
Watch the clip, and see some of the social media backlash below.
Instead of eating cake and parroting provably-failed tactics, Tina Fey could simply fill all the GoFundMes for Black people injured on a12.— Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) August 18, 2017
telling people to eat cake has historically not been a successful revolution strategy— Pixie Casey (@pixie_casey) August 18, 2017
Just getting hit by nazi cars and beaten with nazi torches while hashtag resistance eats sheetcake. 🙃 https://t.co/QoDrVPkymn— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) August 18, 2017
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
tina fey: eating cake and not paying attention is actually a form of activism!— jack wagner (@jackdwagner) August 18, 2017
white feminism: YASSSS QUEEN!!
Tina Fey adapts "don't show up" as an anti-fascism strategy from her years of doing the same for people of color, queer people, lower-clas—— Avery Edison (@aedison) August 18, 2017
it's cute that Tina Fey wants everyone to ignore white supremacists because "they're morons" but the last time we tried to ignore one... pic.twitter.com/eBvEBNDIgR— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) August 18, 2017
Stay safe inside. Don't go honor the life of an innocent person killed in the name of white supremacy. Stay silent. Safe. Thanks Tina Fey 👍🏾— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) August 18, 2017