A little less than two weeks after Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, Tina Fey and David Letterman, two monsters of the comedy nature, sat down at Circo in Manhattan to discuss, well, a bit of everything.
In the interview, which was published Wednesday in conjunction with The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 breakfast, Fey talked parenting, and pals, and bedtimes, and Lorne Michaels. But the meat of the clause lay in breaking down countries around the world we find ourselves in. A macrocosm that, in Fey’s gazes, feels a bit like a slowly climbing rollercoaster that has unexpectedly started to fall backwards.
I surely came out of last month feeling misogyny is much more real than two years ago. Tina Fey
“It feels like we were on the cliff of things going pretty good, and now we’re in a bit of a throwback minute. I obviously came out of last month feeling misogyny is still much real than two years ago, ” Fey told Letterman.
“But the thing I worry about[ more] than actual human interaction is the internet, ” she added. “Because that’s exactly reprehensible: people merely being able to be awful to one another without having to be in the same chamber. It’s metastasizing now, thanks to our glorious president-elect who can’t muster the dignity of a seventh-grader. It’s so easy for people to mistreat one another and to vacate all civility.”
Anyone who has spent significant time interacting with parties on the internet can attest to what Fey is talking about. Online, it is much easier to be stern and bite online. Online, “its easier” to voice your opinion without having to listen to the comeback. To spew abhor without consideration for those it affects.
The internet doesn’t provide us the empathy-generation machine that real-life interaction does. In being, face to face, it is harder, if not impossible, for humen to cut themselves off from the divergent opinions around them. Real-life interaction provides us with one of the most wonderful things about our species: the ability to feel empathy. Too often, the internet takes that feel of compassion away.
Fey and Letterman spoke as part of the leadup to The Hollywood Reporter honoring Fey with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given to women who are colonists in their industry.