People Still Aren't Here For Tina Fey’s 'Sheetcake' Solution To Racism

ESSENCE Now's "Slayed or Shade" panelists take on Tina Fey's "SNL" bit about fighting white supremacy by eating sheetcake.

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 25, 2017
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[BLANK_AUDIO] A recent SNL bit, comedian Tina Fey suggested that we can all fight white supremacy with what she called sheetcaking. Basically, instead of attending any protests or rallies, folks should order a cake with an American flag on it from a Jewish or a black owned bakery, of course, and eat it. Although Fey did call out white supremacists, Trump, and the Nazis, some felt sheetcaking wrongly encouraged people to ignore the very serious problem of racism. But other fans think we should take it for what it was. A joke. So panelists, was Tina Fey's sheetcake bit a slay or shade, and one, two, three, three cards up, let's see. Shade, shade, okay. Danielle, we'll start with you. Tell me what you think. I love Tina Fey. I think she's so funny. I think this one was in bad taste. It was I think the week after, if not days, after Charlottesville and I think the biggest lesson we've learned from this incident is that white people need to speak up to other white people about hatred, about racism, about privilege. So I think eating a cake instead of addressing the community that needs to be addressed is not really what needs to be done. I get a joke is a joke but maybe there was another joke she could have take. Poor taste, literally, it was in poor taste. It was literally in poor taste. Sean, chime in. This one is so hard for me. Okay. I said slayed because for me what I took away was the fact that if you do not give these racist, ignorant people an audience then who's listening, right. And I thought that was really, really important because they should not have a voice or at least one that's listened to But at the same time I get what we're saying. That like when you look at Boston this weekend when 20,000 people stood up against 100 and you see a visual like that. You're like hell yeah I want to go out there and protest. And this is so important. But I think Tina Fey didn't want people to go out and get Hurt as which what happened in Charlottesville. And there was a very real threat of that. But also it brings up the idea of, must we always police other people's protests? Right, exactly. The role of comedian. Exactly, and You know, is there one right way to protest.>>Hm. Good question.>>Charley.>>So I throw shade because, like Danielle, I do, I am a Tina Fey fan. I do love her comedy. And I think because there's been so many moments where she nailed race relations in comedy, She thinks he can just you know always go there and this time it was in poor taste literally so I think I mean I'm not really mad Tina fey in general I'm honestly mad, there's been some me time she's nailed it but this is just throw it out Our page can problematic is that. So Caitlin let's check in with you, you are manning social media. What is the Twitterverse saying? I mean it's truly divided, okay so Lamotte Brown says it's a joke, ease up, so he's slaying it. Daniel Friedman, [UNKNOWN] Darko says, Tina Fey made a joke about the silly ways people cope, and it's being taken as literal advice. Megan Allison says the fact that people are hating on Tina Fey for her incredible Sheetcaking skit is ridiculous I choose empathy and laughter over hate, but some people are shading it then. Newkirk says I have successfully ignored and avoided all Tina Fey news for years now and today will not be a day that I stop. Cynthia Daniels says not funny at all, but I do still believe you need to be active in the fight for our rights. [BLANK_AUDIO]