February 12th, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Tina Fey: People hated me after Palin impression on SNL

Ok, admittedly, the picture of her in front of the New York City skyline in Mickey Mouse ears may not exactly be what most consider "normal," but Tina Fey swears she is.

The actress and comedienne is featured in Vogue's March issue, and she wants everyone to know that in a world run rampant by celebrity craziness, she's a champion for the average.

"I feel like I represent normalcy in some way," she said in the interview. "What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there’s me, carrying normalcy.”

Well, okay, “me and Rachel Ray," Fey admitted.

But however normal she tries to be, that doesn't mean that everyone's a fan - especially after all of those Sarah Palin impressions that she did all through 2009

"People started projecting politics onto me,” she said. “There are people who hate me now because of that.”

Could part of that hate be because she and Palin are both women? Fey thinks it's a possibility.

"The weird thing is that when Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal," she said, "but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal.”

The nature of female relationships also contributes to fashion, Fey said. "I think women dress for other women to let them know what their deal is. Because if women were only dressing for men, there would be nothing but Victoria’s Secret. There would be no Dior.”

Nor would there likely be any fashion magazines. Which, by the way, aren't as responsible for unhealthy body image as people think, Fey said.

"People will say, ‘Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they’re giving girls a negative message’ — but we’re also the fattest country in the world, so it’s not like we’re all looking at fashion magazines and not eating," she said in the interview. "Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I’m never going to look like that model, so… Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don’t look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and giant feet.”

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  3. marvin

    tina is bangin. i would hit that

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    Palin is the AntiChrist.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. PoPo

    It's ENTERTAINMENT people! Oddly though, at the end of the day, so is politics most of the time. So, in reality, they're pretty closely related! Tina's a hoot and provided me laughter beyond measure:)

    February 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dana in NYC

    "You stuck your celebrity nose into the business of the people"? Must be some "real American" wanting to discount the fact that celebrities are people, voters and (when Tina Fey) tax payers at a level most would envy. Tina is real America, inventing herself, entertaining others, adding value to the culture all while looking beautiful. So she was a natural to do Mrs. Palin and Palin, by being a candidate, was going to be done by someone. Fey, as Palin, did little more than repeat words actually spoken by the candidate. Sorry it's so easy to make a stooge look like a stooge. Take it up with John McCain, not Tina Fey. Oh, and that change and hope thing is working out fine in our house as we slowly crawl out of the quagmire of 2000-2008 (pre-Obama). How's all that hate and bile workin' out for ya?

    February 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |

    I had only heard the name Tina Fey until Palin impression. After that I loved her! Totally cracked me up.

    Thanks Tina!

    February 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lee Wifflestin

    People just either don't get it, or don't want to admit the truth. There are two "straw men" people are arguing against here. One is that Palin should be subject to political satire. Of course she should, no one is arguing different.

    The 2nd is that Fey is a great comedienne. Of course she is. She is brilliant.

    The arguments are not those. Here is the argument. She allowed herself to be used as a stooge for the Democrat attack machine. It was one-sided. If there had been attacks on the other side, it would have given her some cover. But she tried to attack Palin (and to do NO DAMAGE to Obama's side) during the key period from nomination to election.

    Again, she has every right to have a political agenda and do those acts! And we as the public have every right to call her out on it and make judgements about her work and motives in the future.

    February 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    The title of the story uses the word hated, as in past tense. They shouldn't, I still hate you for personal attack you little shrew. Chevy Chase had a goal of stopping President Ford from being re-elected, he admitted to that later, the fact that you can't admit what your goal was is cowardice, sheer cowardice.

    BTW, how is your "Change" and "Hope" working out for you all now? Freaking Obama cheerleaders, make me want to puke.

    February 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    Tina Fey is one of the most talented and brilliant people working in television. Sharp writer, hilarious impersonation of Sarah Palin, great ear for comedy.

    February 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paula

    All political figures become the subject of political satire from time to time. GET OVER IT! Why should SP be considered "off limits" ?? Political satire is funny! It works and it's not hiding some agenda.

    February 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paula

    Tina Fey is awesome! (& I'm a Republican) I think she's right. People are believing that her making fun of Palin as something "catty" & mean because they are both women. SNL has been doing political skits forever. Now all of a sudden it's offensive because women are considered fair game?

    February 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. citizenUSA


    You're a better Palin than Palin. I think it was one of the best impersonations of all time. People hated you for it because you did such a good job of it. It's like Sarah Palin was one step away from really being as you portryed her.

    February 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pat Heaney

    The right wing whack jobs have their tighty whiteys in a twist over this one. Sarah Palin and her male equivalent Glenn Beck (their IQs must total 100) can't do anything off the cuff without it blowing up in their face.

    Tina Fey's writing has always been fantastic and she was exceptional as SP. It amazes me how her lighthearted portrayal of SP so outraged people that engage in mean spirited jabs at "Barack Hussein Obama"... and while I'm rambling, how is it that questioning George Bush was unpatriotic and the same questions of Barack Obama is patriotic?

    Teabaggers just go away and hate in private.

    February 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nan

    I do not understand how can anybody admire Palin to hate Fey from making fun? I am conservative, but that does not mean I admire everybody from the Republican party. She has not done/shown anything to prove that she has high intelligence or outstanding character. If is just an average person, then she does not deserve to govern. And anybody can be made fun of, even me.. I don't mind.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jocelyn K

    30 Rock is the best show, best cast, most well written show on television today! Everything about it is brilliant! I can't believe anyone would have a negative thing to say about Tina Fey because there isn't one negative thing I can think of that she has done. She's a great role model for women who want to get into the industry and not have to sell out or sex it up to do so! She's smart, funny and a great business woman!
    I think I'm in love...She's awesome!

    February 15, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Amy

    Sarah Palin turned herself into a caricature all on her own and John McCain and his staff did her a HUGE disservice by not assisting her in preparing for going head-first into the media spotlight. She's not an idiot, but she was allowed to come off that way. Tina Fey is a comedic writer and performer and is allowed to have her political opinion just like the rest of us.

    I've come to realize that intelligent women with any amount of power (political, entertainment-related or otherwise) will always be seen as a threat. So glad we've become this enlightened society. Wow.

    February 15, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bernie

    Wow, there are many haters of TIna Fey! Like many other posters said, she was doing job and of course it wasn't personal. What's with the double standard? Male comics have made fun of all people for many, many years and you never see them chastised like that. Hillary was parodied all the time as first lady. I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of Palin. Not because she's a woman or a republican but because she says the most dumbest things that she should be made fun of.

    People need to lighten up it's not that serious. If she wants to be a public figure, then she has to take the blows delivered to her. She would have to develop a thicker skin to be able to hold her own. I wish some of you would too.

    February 15, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. Andre

    By the way; for those of you that think that Tina Fey's "act" was just good comedy, here are some skits that i would have loved to have seen; Some actor playing Obama showing reporters around Hawaii and bumping into his old supplier of Crack Cocaine (Jack Black would be good) who wants new business and be included in Obamacare. Now that would have been a hoot. How about getting Tina Fey back with scotch tape pulling back the skin on her face as she portrayed Pelosi slamming the door on the GOP when health care reform was being discussed. Oh, I'd laugh till I cried. How about someobody playing Harry Ried announcing a roller derby event calling on all the women to "act like ladies". Oh, my side hurts just thinking about it. Yes, only Tina Fey eviserating Palin was shown for a reason – that's the message the network wanted to send.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. Andre

    Anybody who thinks that network air time, all of it, is entertainment without a message probably still thinks that the news is not biased or wrestling is real. Tina Fey's lampooning of Palin was a purposeful act designed to create the effect that it did. TV is a powerful media that gets right into your head wheather you want it to or not. Do you think that companies spend up to millions of dollars PER SECOND of air time if the message they want received is not going to be effective? Commercial programming is even easier; people don't know that they are being hustled. the "news" is even better. Nightly footage of a candidate from a low angle surrounded by good looking people and recognizable props like they did with Obama and poof, people start thinking he's a wise and presidential person, maybe even a dieity. Yes America you are fed a nightly fare of packaged opinion with you comedies, dramas and news broadcasts. Tina Fey is just one of those disposable bodies that was used at her expense to get a Progressive elected who was clearly unfit and unqualified.

    February 15, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. LydiaK

    Political satire has been accepted and applauded in this country for generations. The vitriol of the right would make me laugh if it weren't so ugly. Fey did a great impression. When people did great impressions of other candidates and presidents, no one hated them for it. Is Silly Sarah off limits? Why? Especially since she makes herself such an easy target for satire with her ignorance. I didn't know much about Fey before the impressions but I'm a big fan now.

    Maybe the real problem is that her impressions were so spot on that people tended to forget which was which. Face it Palin fans: your poster girl is a fake and an ignorant, hypocritical woman who makes comedic opportunity every time she opens her mouth.

    February 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John Doe Blow

    I would hate her too look at the way she looks.

    February 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. KC

    Tina is one of the best impersonators I have ever seen...
    Why are we all so angry??? Remember all the people in the past who impersonated famous people–Frank Gorsham, Rich Little etc. When did we Americans lose our sense of humor???
    Just drop your political armor for a moment and then give Tina Fey a chance....
    She is a great mimic. Give it a try and don't be so angry!!!!

    February 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. msdonna

    PHM: "...Term limitation for members of Congress, Presidential Line Item Veto, and a 17% Flat Tax are what this country needs. Vote All Incumbents out of office!!!! The folks that are there now, obviously do not care about the American people."

    I'm with you. But take it one step further, if the newly elected don't do the job, then vote them out too. Continue to do so until those running for office get the hint. It might take some time, but eventually it would catch on. Problem is the American public think politicians have our lives in their hands. Actually, we, the American public, have politician's lives in our hands. Spread the word.

    February 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Richard

    Wow, trying to distance herself from her politics now. I wonder if she got as rich as she thought she would plugging 30 rock during her "interviews" regarding her SP "mockumentaries" during the election. Guess not huh.

    Here's a joke: Whats the difference between Tina Fey and a Democratic Senator? Nothing, they both are trying to get rich while claiming they are innocent and that in their heart of hearts their actions are not politically motivated. Hah hah hah ha ha!

    Actually, that would be funny if it wasnt true but...................

    February 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Corb Lime

    Sorry to hear that, Ms. Fey. It's part of the extremist tribal culture from our imported cult of Middle Eastern thought: Christianity. You're either with us or you're a totally evil enemy. Sarah subscribes, fer sure. Simple minds that like others to tell them who to fear and dislike are scary.

    It's a group justified mental rut; feel better about yourself by making others evil. With positive reinforcement from the leaders, who know they only need to stir conflict for donations, never mind what they preach about peace. Try to think for yourselves folks. Try to read one or two things contrary to the political or religious cult, truth isn't found just with telegenic morons who say they know some.

    February 14, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. fred

    Chevy Chase had a goal of stopping president ford from being re-elected, he admitted to that later, maybe one day you will admit to what your goal was also. Yes, your impersonation of sarah palin was a personal attack

    February 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  28. muffler

    These people live in anger. Everything is an outrage, everything is biased, everything is anti-them.. you know when you start finding most people aren't supporting your point of view chances are you're either a singular genius (which requires a single mind) or the entire group is missing something really important.

    February 14, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  29. Anne

    I come from a long lineage of Sarah Palin haters. No, hate is not a strong enough word to describe our feelings of absolute rejection for Palin. Tina, on the other hand we love, love, love, love, love. Honestly I have never heard a single negative thing about Tina Fey in connection to her Palin impersonation.

    February 14, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. Seth Chandler

    Republicans, teabaggers and wingnuts can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.

    February 14, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  31. karen

    Tina did a great job of impersonating Palin. She truly was Palin in those acts. Lighten up people it is satire.

    February 14, 2010 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. Sue

    Tina is a brilliant comedian–her impression of SP was hilarious and could not have been more accurate! Those who are critical of her impression of Sarah ignore the fact that all of the other political figures were also the object of satire on a regular basis–there was just so much more material to work with as far as Sarah was concerned. As others have noted, Tina simply repeated Sarah's often incoherent babble which would have been comical itself except for the frightening realization that she was actually a candidate for the VP of our country. I am tired of Sarah and her supporters whining about how badly she was treated during the campaign. She and her supporters seem to feel that she should be off limits to criticism and satire although no one else in politics is and despite the fact that she delights in throwing out "comical" barbs aimed at her opponents whenever she has the chance. Keep up the good work, Tina–we love you!

    February 14, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  33. Nikki Oldaker

    The problem lays not with Tina Fey & her Hollywood friends – The problem belongs to the voters who choose to listen to them & buy their bags of jokes. We have the worse money managers ever running our government - with the exception of a few we basically voted in a band of Gypsies, Pirates & Court Jesters to run our affairs – Priceless..

    February 14, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  34. Rye

    I think you're over-complicating things on this one, Tina.

    Your skit poked fun at the lordess of the troglodytes. You helped expose all of her "cute idiosyncrasies" for what they really were– goofy, folksy ineptitude, substituted for real talent.

    In essence, you may have been poking fun at Sarah, but they felt humiliated because they see themselves as her.

    February 14, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  35. Tom

    I would agree with Tina Fey, except her reasoning for politicians hating her cause she and palin are both women is erroneous, not to mention very stereotypical. That card has been played out more times than Bruce Springsteen's christmas song during december. Come on, like people in politics are really that sexist. I mean Hilary is there......sorta.

    Also, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, and Will Ferrell.

    Dana Carvey-Close, personal friend of George H W Bush. Of course Bush has no problem with being impersonated by him. In fact, he probably would have wanted Carvey to do it if someone had to. Bush even quoted Carvey in a speech (ironically that quote was from Carvey parodying Bush)

    Darrell Hammond-I think its more of the fact that Hammond didn't really make fun of bill for his "misadventures with women" during clinton's presidential term AS MUCH as making fun of bill for his weight. I could be wrong though. Also, its possible that people don't really connect Hammond with Clinton but rather Sean Connery. If this were Sean and not Tina, i'd def. agree with u (though Darrell's impersonation is kind of funny).

    Will Ferrell-.........do i even have to explain this guy?

    Yeah, so in conclusion......these guys are bad examples for your argument.

    February 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jeffery

    Why DO Republicans get so sensitive when people say what an idiot Sarah Palin is, was, and evermore shall be? It's the same reaction you get when you tell someone their baby is ugly. If she can't take the criticism then don't step on the field. Perhaps Tina's impersonation is "too close for comfort".

    February 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dutch46

    Nopers ain't funny, but they sure do provide a target rich environment for comedy, you betcha! wink, wink!

    February 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  38. carol

    I never watched you before the Palin impressions and am now a fan forever. You rock!

    February 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jasperkasper

    Palin is a smart cookie but Fey is a talented intelligent woman whosae career is in comedy and writing and Palin is in politics and hiring writers. But thankfully, everyone is different-after all, I have to turn Howard Stern off as I find him offensive to women but apparently he has a big a following.

    February 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. ij

    tina is brilliant, for herself.

    tina is devastatingly accurate, for her skits portraying Palin.

    tina shall be around long after SP disappears into Alaskan wilderness

    February 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  41. fuzzy monkey

    Tina, you are the only Palin I can stand1

    February 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kassie

    -nikko says "you are making fun of people who want to serve your country. but you do not manke fun of those people who want to destroy your country!"
    Really? You must have missed the segments where SNL poked fun at Obama and Hillary as well. The one that comes to mind at the moment was the "Blackness Scale" skit. And the jokes about Hillary secretly being part man?

    -MissMeyet says "No one "hates" you the way you and your Hollywood friends truly hate Palin. Why does she bother you so much?"
    Well duh SNL obviously cast Fey as Palin cause she hates her...can't possibly be because she closely resembles her and can copy her mannerisms and accent *rolls eyes*

    PJ Yost says "People still do and will hate you until Obama is just a horrible memory like Jimmy Carter. You stuck your celebrity nose into the business of the people and we are stuck with a clueless President (again). Stick to comedy dumbass, politics obviously is too complicated for you"
    If your brain function is so impaired that it cannot differentiate between a comic skit and a serious political endorsement....you need help.

    February 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Danny

    Tina Fey did not choose to play Sarah Palin on SNL. She looked so much like the real Sarah that Lorne Michaels begged her to do it.

    February 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. scmaize

    It never fails to amaze me how many people are on the internet just so they can say vicious things about celebrities and anyone who has other political opinions. Tina Fey is a comedian, folks! I think she did Sarah Palin a favor. She portrayed her as a very nice person who was kind of ditzy. Sarah Palin is mean and shallow. And, like Smc, I also thought the rambling "interview" went too far, until I saw the split screen online, and realized she quoted Palin almost verbatim!

    February 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Charlotte

    I think it is "I could not care less" Meaning, there is no less amount I could care. Most people say "I could care less" and I have always thought that was wrong. Bloggers, please weigh in on this important topic...

    February 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. LTD

    I hate you – but it is not because of the Sarah Palin impressions. It is because you haven't sent out a sex tape to the media yet.

    February 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Lorraine

    Tina Fey is smart, witty, sharp, quick, talented, creative, funny, kind, beautiful, intelligent, and the list goes on. Some people hate her because she got under their skin with her spot on impersonation. I'm enjoying reading all the foaming at the mouth going on here. You got 'em babe! Sit back and enjoy!

    February 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jay

    Tina – I think you are awesome! Who cares what others think of you? You do your job as an actress and you make people laugh! I do see a little bit of hypocrisy in the past of other SNL'ers portraying political figures, but who cares? Imitation is usually the most sincere form for flattery (though I am very anti-Palin)...oh well! Keep rocking!

    February 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. ceedub

    Amazing Grace...without grace no one is truly sexy.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Melora, Longwood, Florida

    To Billiam: Tina Fey is more than an actress: she is a comedian, a writer, producer of films. Her greatest work has often been behind cameras, until her so on the spot portrayal of Sarah Palin. Fortunately such portrayal was so funny, that SNL had to continue with the sketches; you are in a minority and probably did not enjoy them; hatred nowadays is reserved only for GOP-ers who hate President Obama. Ms. Palin is fair game, and fortunately for us, and for many comedians, with her ignorance she will continue to provide plenty material for laughter. Sarah is out of politics for now; get over it.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Melora, Longwood, Florida

    Haters will be haters, and there are plenty of them who will ever forgive Barack Obama for having won the last election. And there is nothing we will be able to do about that. Palin, just like any presidet past or present, or any candidate or politician, is fair game; it's not Tina Fey's fault that there was such an amazing ressemblance. As for the jokes, Pail made it a lot easier to mock her: her comments were those of an igborant person. Tina Fey is a great comedian and producer and the sky is the limit as to how high she will go.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  52. kaley

    wow...only conservatives could turn an impression of a political figure into a huge governmental conspiracy.

    palin was an easy target because she's absolutely ridiculous. her own party did not take her seriously–consider how she was treated by the mccain campaign. they brought her in to appeal to the lowest common denominator. republicans used to be about fiscal conservatism; social conservatism was only focused on by the party beginning with reagan, because they realized that they could rack up more votes pretending to care about social values. true republicans, who now go by the name of libertarians, are interested only in fiscal conservatism, and could care less what you do in your private life, despite what bandwagon they have to jump on to rack up votes.

    snl went after palin, and bush before her, because they are such easy targets. they practically wrote the material for snl–notice that many if tina fey's impressions were basically quoting palin verbatim. and they do impersonate liberal figures as well–just go review some past episodes on hulu.

    February 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ron

    I just can't imagine anyone not liking Tina due to her Palin impersonations. She's not only an entertainer doing her craft, she's dang good-looking too.

    February 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Libra

    Wah! Wah!

    Actually, Tina, SNL is a bore and you are a so/so actress. Your 15 minutes of fame is up. Now comes the hard work and try to find something you are good at.

    February 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  55. B in Wasilla Alaska

    Tina I have a nice ""Tina Fey for Governor""" Bumper Sticker. Ignore the ones that think it was personal. You did an excellent job of impersonating Godzilla from Wasilla

    February 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Megan

    I like Palin, I think she is working hard at being a mother. . . but maybe needs to stay out of politics. Tina was just simply pointing that out. . . just like many have done in the past with other government officials.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. JAY

    Its tough to make people laugh now days with all of the tragedies. I'm glad we have Tina and like to make me laugh. I too imitate people and make a lot of my friends, families and work laugh. We are human and need to laugh. Thanks.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Fat Luke Wilson

    Swing and a miss Lee. SNL has a history of impersonating and parodying our leaders. It's always been the case, going back to when Chevy Chase was stumbling around the set as Gerald Ford. I'm sure Bill Clinton would tell you that SNL didn't hold back on him and his weight, his wife and his womanizing. If you have issues with how Palin was treated, that's fine. SNL is satire. It's not the show's fault if the citizenry has grown stupid enough to look to satirical shows like SNL or the Daily Show for true political commentary.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mark

    Wow... she's right. Men never get this type of hostility swung at them when they impersonate politicians. I think Sarah-lovers must fee they have to overcompensate because they know the comedy hits too close to home.

    February 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Craig

    Miss Me Yet-

    Why does Tina Fey hate her? Because Palin is clueless. Normally there's nothing wrong with that, the world is filled with clueless people. But Palin came very close to becoming the second most powerful person in the country, and that is frightening.

    February 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  61. mandi

    Peco45- You're wrong. It's "I couldn't care less." There is no double negative in that sentence... there is one negative.... thus making it negative not positive. "I could care less" means you still care if even a little bit. "I couldn't (could not) care less" means you do not care at all. Yeesh.

    February 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  62. Erik

    Well, people's reactions here pretty much confirmed it. The left-wing nutjobs all think she really hated Sarah Palin and that it's awesome, and the right-wing nutjobs all think she really hated Sarah Palin and that's unforgivable. How many people think Fred Armisen hates Obama? It's comedy; SNL doesn't (usually) pull punches, and Sarah Palin was a pretty obvious target. Like it or not, folksy people sound funny on the coasts, and that's basically the only place where SNL has viewers anymore. No harm, no foul.

    Good on you Tina for pointing out the double standard in comedy.

    February 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  63. Deb

    I really love Tina's wits and humor. She's one entertainer with brain. Tina rocks!

    February 13, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  64. elsie

    GO TINA! You represent millions of intelligent, ambitious women out there. You're civilized, and I haven't seen an attack on you yet that isn't uncivilized.

    Palin/Poehler 2010!

    February 13, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  65. PHM

    Tina Fey is GREAT! She is funny, smart and has not given in to the Hollywood Plastic Surgery Machine or the "I must be in the tabloids" Hollywood.

    Her impression of Palin was spot on because Palin has no business being one heartbeat away from the Presidency. She has absolutely no business being President.

    Tina Fey provides humor in a very sad world.

    All of our current and past Presidents and members of Congress are to blame for the mess we are in. Term limitation for members of Congress, Presidential Line Item Veto, and a 17% Flat Tax are what this country needs. Vote All Incumbents out of office!!!! The folks that are there now, obviously do not care about the American people.

    February 13, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  66. Grammar Dude


    You're wrong - it's "I couldn't care less". Meaning I couldn't care any less about this issue than I do right now.

    If you say "I COULD care less", you're saying it's possible you could care even less than you do now.

    Oh, and Tina? Your Palin was dead-on. Very funny. But these days Palin is doing a great job making herself look absolutely foolish all by herself. With or without crib notes scribbled on her palm.

    Look into the camera and wink if you agree.

    February 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  67. Terry

    People...it's SNL...it's comedy. this is nothing new for parodies of politicians. from Reagan, George Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush 2, to Obama. it's been happening for years. this country has gotten too sensitive and divided around politics. i wish Congress would take on a little humor and lighten up. nothing is getting done in this country! that's the real outrage. Oh and dont feel too bad for Sarah....she loves the attention.

    February 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  68. Ellicia

    The difference in Tina Fey's impersonation of Palin and Dana Carvey's impersonation of President Bush is in that you couldn't define his political persuasion (Democrat, Republican, Indipendent, Libertarian, etc.) after the sketch was over. With Tina Fey's imperssion there was no such ambiguousness. She didn't attempt to keep her own political preferences out of the sketches. Therefore it came off as personally motivated. Gender doesn't have much to do with the dislike. She enjoyed pilloring Palin just a little too much, and it showed.

    February 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  69. Bud

    What's noticable in all this? Simply, Tina can laugh at herself whereas you and Sarah can't. There is no "over the top" for good comedy and Tina was good at her assignment.

    February 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  70. Ashley

    I love Tina Fey. She ROCKS!!!!! "...gigantic...with giant hands and feet." everything she says is a freaking riot. ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER!

    February 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  71. SMR

    That's the thing that amazes me so much about all of this...in many instances, Tina was LITERALLY repeating Sarah Palin. So, if you hate Tina's impression, I guess you must not be too fond of Sarah Palin either. Plus, it's comedy...if people didn't laugh, they would have stopped doing the sketches.

    February 13, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  72. wsttxgal

    totally unbelievable, so what if SP had been inarticulate as hell during the campaign- she was fried from the get-go. I am ulta, ultra conservative and wasn't crazy about her qualifications but she's not near as unintelligent as you bleeding heart liberals portray her to be. Honesty, TF may be creative and talented but she cooked her goose with me when she made the statement that if the Republicans won she would have to go live on another planet. A more asinine statement could not have been spoken!!!

    February 13, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  73. Rusty Peters

    At least Tina didn't have to write her lines on her hand. Sheeeesh the American people will fall for anything. Palins fame and her moronic followers just show that America is all about style and not substance. As a liberal Dem, I sure hope she runs in 2012! Four more years!

    February 13, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  74. Thomas H.

    Tina, you are without doubt one of the most intelligent comedic writers/performers on television today - perhaps of all time. You deserve every award you've accumulated so far plus those that were cruelly handed to others in your category. The only bright spot in a possible Palin presidency in 2012 would be your parodies of her. Keep up the wonderful work.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  75. saftgek

    Tina Fey is an extraordinary talent: funny, creative, personable, and wonderfully entertaining. Let us not forget that she is stunningly beautiful, sexy and sensual.

    If people "hater" her for her parody of Sarah Palin, that is sad for them. Ms. Fey was born to do that bit, and she is wonderful when she does so. The so-called "haters" some posters in this thread reference are the ultra-extremist Right Wingers who are commited to the failure of the Obama Administration, at the cost of our country and the global financial market.

    Amazing how the haters attempt to throw away their negative characteristics, in hopes some unobservant people won't connect them with their destructive approach to political life.

    February 13, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  76. Tim W.

    Peco45 you're wrong. It's "I couldn't care less," meaning that you're at the lowest point of caring. So much so that you can't reduce your level of caring any more than that. It's basically a sarcastic way of saying you don't care.
    When the saying came to America it was erroneously changed by some to "I could care less," which sounds like you're NOT at the lowest point of caring because you could care even less than that. And, obviously, this isn't what you want to convey.

    Everyone in England says "I couldn't care less," and that's where the saying originated.

    Some history on the phrase:


    Anyway, sorry, this is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

    Oh, and as for Tina, she's satirizing a politician. That's what comedians on SNL do; it's what writers have done for hundreds of years. Why is it suddenly wrong this time?

    Why can't people just see things for what they are, instead of having their perceptions warped based on what side of the political spectrum they are. So tiresome.

    Great job, Tina.

    February 13, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  77. Jennifer

    People.. seriously.. She is an actress..and just doing her job..um called acting...Just shows again how low some American people really are..always pushing judgment on people and especially one of a fictional character..

    Rock on USA..

    February 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Bones

    She was just imitating Palin. The fact that she was imitating an idiot was not her fault. Back someone with a brain Republicans and not someone who makes funs of Obama using a tele-prompter and then can't remember to say energy w/o writing it on her hand.

    February 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Gary Wilt

    Keep on, keeping on!! You are a light that the negative side hates because you project and exude much needed humor which is this planet's only hope. Please be yourself and follow that wonderful spirit!!
    You are a light at this dark time and don't feel threatened!! Your fabulous and you know it!! We love YOU and need you!!!

    February 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Smc

    I'll never forget the night she did the SNL skit portraying SP and I found myself thinking, okay, SNL is going too far. Tina is just rambling some incoherent nonsense, a lot of words strung together that make no sense–I figured, that's just mean because nobody talks that dumb. It wasn't until the next morning on Meet the Press or This Week With George Stephanopolous where they ran a split screen of the real Sarah and the "Tina Sarah" reciting all of those incoherent sentences in unison that I realized Tina had been parroting Sarah's speech WORD FOR WORD. I was astounded.

    Tina is a huge talent. Great writer, great actress, great producer. She has not tried to get by on her looks all of these years, unlike some people.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Chris

    Don't worry, Tina–people hated you long before the Palin impression. SNL SUCKED so terribly during your writing days and still hasn't recovered. Oh, and "Baby Mama" was absolutely putrid. Go away.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  82. R

    The only way I can stand Sarah Palin is when Tina does her.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Bill

    I think you're hot and a very fun and talented actress/comedianne...SP?
    If Ms. Fey should even read all of this stuff, I hope she enjoys the fact that a lot of us...OK, just me...think she is really awesome...and I'm OLD! (50ish)

    February 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Lee Wifflestin

    What a vomitous media straw man argument that people hated Fey b/c she and Palin are women. Cmon admit it, people hated Fey b/c she fell in lock (goose?) step with the Democratic attack machine that knew it had to attempt to destroy Palin before the election.

    Democratic henchmen sent 25 full-time investigators to Alaska to try to dig up fake dirt on Palin. Fey was just a stooge from SNL who went full bore trying to denigrate Palin in the short period between Fey's appointment and the election. I didn't see anything from SNL cutting or mocking of Obama (no experience?) before the election (after the election doesn't count).

    Fey is talented and I like her on 30 Rock. But she became part of the attack machine, plain and simple. People aren't stupid. They know political involvement when they see it.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  85. lovesHoward

    My favorite thing about these posts is so many of you take yourselves seriously. Like any of them matter. LOSERS. AMERICA SUCKS DONKEY

    February 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  86. leftcoastblue

    Tina Fey is intelligent and thoughtful - something Sarah Palin and the Tea Baggers are not. They hate her because her impression of SP was devastating. Indeed, it was so spot-on that people of all political persuasions quickly recognized what a catastrophe it would be to have an empty-headed hockey mom occupying the second-most powerful office on Earth.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Peco45

    Nothing energizes Republicans like their hatred for their fellow Americans.
    It was a joke, people.
    Get over yourselves.
    You rock, Tina!

    (Monkman, it's "I could care less." By using the double negative you are saying you actually care.)

    February 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  88. BUNNY

    We still love you.....

    February 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. krichar

    Geez PJ Yost. Get a life. Tina Fey is an actress. She is paid to get laughs. Her portrayal of Sarah Palin was hilarious. Palin put herself out there when she entered the campaign. If you can't see the humor in any of the famous people SNL actors portray, then you have no sense of humor. You'd think Palin is the only person they have satirized. Don't get your panties in a wad.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Rick Koen

    Success seems to piss some people off. You went from relative obscurity on SNL to full blown media star in a very short period. That annoys folks. Enjoy it.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  91. rukidding

    Wow! That level of anger is what makes the GOPer's and Tea Baggers so ridiculous.The job of any comedian is to take an aspect od someone and exaggerate it. Palin made it so so easy because most of the time she made no sense,or said something that was fact to her, then that fact was later discredited by , well, reality. I mean she continues to be a one- woman comedy show long after Fey stopped farcing her! Quitting her job,the death panel farce, all the crazy things in herbook that turned out to be rubbish.
    Fey writes, smart, funny comedy,and she produces and acts. You gotta respect that. In fact, if you take the words smart and produces out of the above sentence,I could be talking about Palin!

    February 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  92. PaulE Louisville

    PJ Yost: And, clearly, comedy is too complicated for you. You're exactly the kind of person that makes people outside the U.S. wonder what the hell is going in this country. Sad.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    I was never a fan before the Palin inpression but now I am a fan forever.A smart woman like you doing such a great job in your inpression of the village idiot was outstanding.The wingnuts hate everyone that doesn't have GOP stamped on their forehead.Keep up the good work.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Roskam

    PJ Yost, Miss Me Yet: If you're gonna be a forum Troll for the GOP, take it to msnbc.

    Monkman, Billiam: If you could care less, why are you reading the article and then posting about it?

    Tina Fey is amazing! She did a political skit on SNL, which has made fun of everyone in politics even back to the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford days. Every party has been a target, they dont "hate" anyone. Even Palin and McCain can take the humor with a grain of salt, being that they appeared on SNL AFTER the Palin impressions started.

    Grow up, haters, and take your nonsense to the Fox News forums where you can all stroke the GOP together.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  95. nikko

    you are making fun of people who want to serve your country. but you do not manke fun of those people who want to destroy your country!

    February 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  96. trickytom

    Come on, people. Tina Fey was doing her job.

    I think what infuriated GOP'ers was that Fey's Palin was so accurate that we were actually laughing at Palin, not the impression.

    Palin is fair game, like anyone else. She's not a holywoman.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  97. PJ Yost

    People still do and will hate you until Obama is just a horrible memory like Jimmy Carter. You stuck your celebrity nose into the business of the people and we are stuck with a clueless President (again). Stick to comedy dumbass, politics obviously is too complicated for you.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Monkman

    I don't hate you. I couldn't care less about you.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Miss Me Yet

    No one "hates" you the way you and your Hollywood friends truly hate Palin. Why does she bother you so much?

    February 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Nurma

    Billiam – she's a writer, producer, actress and Emmy winner.
    She would never purport to think any of those things were important in the grand scheme of things. That's because she is smart and down to earth and why I love her and my husband has a crush on her. Not irrelevant at all in the entertainment industry.

    February 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  101. billb

    Poor little Tina!!!. We no longer watche her. We think she was way over the top on Palin and we are Dems. SNL is so passe. It is a waste of time

    February 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Billiam

    What a completely misleading title. And Tina Fey is some stupid actress, let's not pretend like she really matters.

    February 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Joel T.


    I loved you on SNL and I love me some 30 Rock!!!
    Your impersonation of Sarah Palin is spot on and that is from a Palin fan – Ok... lets not go political here. I just like her thats all.
    Keep up the great work!!!

    February 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Dave

    Tina – you rock!

    February 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  105. sheppard

    Rock on, Tina! Folks with a brain know that politicians have been the target of comics forever. That poor lil ole 'victim' SP (and her sheepels) is just upset because you hit the nail right on the head!

    February 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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