Tina Fey is speaking out in defense of those calling The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Andromedon (played by the Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess) nothing more than a gay stereotype.
In a new interview with The Advocate, Fey is defending the portrayl of the “Peeno Noir”-crooning roommate of the show’s lead, saying that she knows people like Titus in real life, and if the person exists, it’s fair game.
“Titus makes Barbie clothes, for example, and that’s based on an old gay friend of mine who worked as a cater-waiter when he first moved to New York,” Fey explains. “He was too broke to go out, so he’d literally sit inside and sew Barbie clothes to kill time. I try to base everything in some kind of truth.”
So what does Fey think of articles like The Daily Dot’s “Netflix’s ’Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and the danger of the sassy gay friend” or CNN’s asking “Does ’Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ go too far?”
Pretty much like this:
“I don’t worry about what the Internet says. Getting in trouble with the Internet is not real. The Internet is not a force you have to obey.”
So is it frustrating when people make much ado about nothing more than what was intended as merely a joke.
“Well, there’s no consideration of context in comedy these days. There’s also a dangerous desire to silence people when they say something you don’t like. If someone has a crazy opinion, I would prefer they let me hear it so that I can disagree and know who I’m dealing with.”
Asked if we’d ever get a Tina Fey-Amy Poehler rom-com, Fey perked up. “Ooh, maybe we could do a lesbian period piece like a comedic version of Carol, that movie with Cate Blanchett. Really, we should just do a movie with all the women of SNL and set it on the Isle of Lesbos.”
And yes, Fey did passingly mention, when asked about Mean Girls, “We should’ve made another movie about Damian.”
Yes, Tina you should’ve and still can.