Tina Fey: 'What is my role in this business going to be when nobody wants to grab me by the p***y anymore?'

Actress used one of Donald Trump's most controversial quotes to contemplate the future of her career in a typically ageist industry

Olivia Blair
Thursday 08 December 2016 12:19 GMT
Tina Fey makes speech ridiculing Donald Trump

Tina Fey promised herself she wouldn't enter Trump territory during an acceptance speech on Wednesday.

But the temptation proved too much and the comedian used her speech for the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award to highlight the absurdity of the election in one joke.

Fey was presented with the award at the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment awards breakfast on Wednesday.

While touching on the limited opportunities for women in the industry when they reach a certain age, the 46-year-old used one of the most sexist, derogatory and lewd lines to come out of the election to illustrate her point.

“What is my role in this business going to be when nobody wants to grab me the p***y anymore?” she asked the audience.

The fact a blatant misogynistic remark bragging about groping women said 11 years ago by Donald Trump served no barrier to him being elected and a woman being defeated was not lost on Fey. The actress also used her speech at an awards ceremony which recognises female achievement to sarcastically exclaim: “WHAT AN AMAZING YEAR IT’S BEEN FOR WOMEN,” before letting out a long, sarcastic cackle and throwing her head down on the podium.

Mr Trump’s remarks, which he apologised for shortly after they were released while also simultaneously dismissing them as “locker room talk”, soon became a tag line in itself. Ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and outspoken feminist Lena Dunham even dressed up as a pussycat being groped on Halloween.

On a more serious note, Fey questioned how “can we proceed with dignity in this increasingly ugly, misogynistic time?” before jokingly suggesting she knows what lost Ms Clinton the presidency: Not enough celebrity endorsements.

“I promised I wouldn’t come up here and talk about the election because when I get written up in Breitbart I wanted it to be because I’m making an all-female Hitler biopic,” she continued. “But I have to say I think the real reason Hillary lost, and it’s a thing that people are afraid to talk about, is: Not enough celebrity music videos urging people to vote.”

Ms Clinton was aided by numerous celebrity endorsements during her campaign from Bruce Springsteen to Jay Z to Oprah Winfrey. Mr Trump meanwhile struggled to attract similar levels of high profile support.

The campaign was then fuelled by celebrities wading in to share their thoughts on one of the most divisive and toxic presidential races in recent memory.

Joss Whedon assembled a "sh*t-ton of famous people", including Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, to remind Americans to vote while also denouncing Mr Trump,

Another one came in the form of 100 celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts and Zendaya, who grouped together for a public service announcement asking people to consider the issues they care about and translating that into voting.

When Robert De Niro was asked to partake in an unbiased video to remind people to register to vote he could not help himself and instead turned it into a monologue where he announced he would like to punch Mr Trump in the face. He later retracted this after the election result.

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