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Jezebel: Would Tina Fey Be A Star If She Still Looked Like This?
posted by josh at 11:41 AM on December 3, 2008
I love Jezebel's expose on how those other people way over there would be shallow and judge her for her appearances. "Society" sure is mean, huh?
But it was a neat trick to pull off a Perez style "Look at how fat and ugly she was back then" piece but without getting that icky feeling inside.
posted by boredwithit at 1:01 PM on December 3, 2008
Tina Fey would be a different kind of star - she'd be the highly accomplished and well-regarded head writer at SNL, as she was before she dropped that weight. Scholars of the show will recall her audience-plant moment during John Goodman's monologue (remember when he used to host all the time?) and she did not look like the Tina who took over the anchor desk just two years later. But that's showbiz. It's always been easier for men to be puffy around the edges than women. And looking good never hurts. Go Tina. She's got both angles wrapped up.
posted by Rachel Sklar at 1:35 PM on December 3, 2008
no, because if she still had her hair from 1987 everyone would be rightly horrified.
it's a little unfair to use those photos, nobody looked good in 1987. and another thing, as my husband has pointed out numerous times, she has a pretty fantastic shape, it's not like she weighs 98 pounds and has no ass. are we really making a big deal of a good haircut and a couple pounds that she probably lost working out in a gym?
the funny thing about this now is that all the 30 rock flashback of liz in college in germany use tina fey's actual haircut.
posted by kittyholmes at 3:54 PM on December 3, 2008
This falls into the same category as people being shocked that Horatio Sanz lost weight. Good lord, a comedian cleans up their act and that's bizarre?
posted by Jack at 9:53 PM on December 3, 2008
It's not that she lost weight or what she looked like in 1987. It's about whether they would have let her on the air as she looks now, plus 30 pounds. And the answer is no. And that's ridiculous.
posted by Mary at 7:45 AM on December 4, 2008
I'm inclined to agree that a heavier Tina Fey wouldn't have made it to Weekend Update, but the careers of Rosie O'Donnell and Roseanne are evidence that overweight comediennes can find success on television that doesn't necessitate a Fey-style makeover. Perhaps had she changed her name to some derivative of 'Rose'.
What stands out in those pictures (more than her weight, which really is not that bad) is how very late-80s/early-90s she looks.
posted by mpb at 8:35 AM on December 4, 2008
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