Tina Fey Sticks Up For Olivia Munn & Answers The Question, “Is Liz Lemon Ugly?”

GQ: Lady blogs like Jezebel exploded after the episode with the Liz-hires-a-feminist-comic thing. It sure seemed like you were commenting on the outrage when Olivia Munn — hot lady, not necessarily hot comic — was hired on “The Daily Show.”

Tina Fey: I was actually really pleased that Jezebel got that it was about the whole Olivia thing, because the treatment of Olivia was weird on that site. She just kept getting reamed! And it was this weird mix. They would go after her, and then the next thing would be like, “Defending the Rights of Sex Workers.” And I was just like, “Well, why can’t we just say Olivia’s a sex worker? Leave her alone!”

— Tina Fey in GQ talking about the “30 Rock” episode “Joan Of Snark,” which addressed the way ladyblogs like Jezebel (and, to be fair, The Frisky) have criticized “The Daily Show”‘s Olivia Munn. Some would say Olivia leads with the “hot piece of ass” angle, but not Tina Fey.

After the jump, Tina gamely answered GQ‘s question, “Is Liz Lemon ugly?” Keep reading »

What Will You Bid On At The “Friday Night Lights” Auction?

It’s the final season of “Friday Night Lights.” Huge teardrop. If you would like an expensive reminder of your time with Coach, Riggins, Lyla, and the gang, check out NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” auction. The prop and costume closets have been raided for your pleasure. Bid on such items as Smash’s jersey ($157.50), Coach Taylor’s East Dillon Lions jacket ($405 — pictured above), Lyla Garrity’s shirt ($45), Tim Riggins’ hood ($430) and more. All proceeds will go toward funding sports programs for underprivileged youth. What a lovely idea. But if they really wanted to raise some money, they’d be auctioning off a vial of Riggins’ sperm. Boo-yah! [NBC Universal Auctions via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: He Doesn’t Believe In Global Warming

I should have known the relationship was doomed the moment he brought up his all-consuming hobby: race car driving.

I spent an entire summer in the sticks of Ohio and Pennsylvania, feeling like an idiot as my then-boyfriend Sam, his dad, and a friend worked on the car, which was black and blue with a giant wing on top. It looked like an alien bug on wheels. The first time I came to a race, his mom told me to dress casually, but my outfit (jeans, a striped T-shirt, red flats, and big sunglasses) might as well have been a ball gown compared to the giant silk-screened shirts everyone else was sporting. Sitting in a lawn chair in the driver’s pit, I folded the cover of The New York Times magazine to hide the abortion cover story — that wouldn’t have gone over well — and offered everyone soy nuts. From the stands, I watched cars flame out, crash into each other, and kick up dirt. I prayed for one of the cars to mow me over and texted all my friends, “One of these things is not like the other….” Keep reading »

Are Push Presents Really Necessary?

I love receiving gifts, but even I’m a little confused about the phenomenon of the push present. As you might have heard, the push present is a gift, often a piece of jewelry, a new father gives to a new mother when she gives birth to their first child. If you’re a fan of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” then you might recall that the newest cast member Peggy Tanous received a Bentley as her push present. Now, the push present sounds like a gesture of gratitude, but there also seems to be a thick layer of guilt surrounding it too. Moms seem to want some compensation for carrying a baby for nine months, getting sick, surviving labor, and losing their figure. But shouldn’t the new bundle of joy be the greatest gift? Also, the idea of the push present seems to be a marketing ploy by the jewelry and luxury brands industry. Of course, I wouldn’t turn away a push present from my future husband, but I also wouldn’t want us to go into unnecessary debt because we decided to start a family. How do you feel about push presents? Did you receive a push present after giving birth? Do you want one when you become a mother? Keep reading »

Before She Was An Oscar-Winning Actress…

Penelope Cruz was a model with a pixie cut in Sassy magazine. Who knew? This pic, from a 1994 issue of the iconic teen magazine, also features platform Converse. Remember those? [via F**k Yeah Awesome '90s Stuff!] Keep reading »

Guy Talk: In Defense Of Dating Your Coworkers

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Before I start here, I need to explain why the distinction between the type of “work” I’m talking about here is different from the typical kind of “job” drudgery lamented in endless Dilbert comics and annoying Facebook status updates. The type of workplace referenced here is the kind that serves as a funnel for your passions, not an obstacle between you and the weekend. Keep reading »

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