We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Mark Twain Prize, according to the official websiteat the Kennedy Center in D.C., is “named to honor one of America’s – and the world’s – greatest humorists…The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain.”
Snidely impersonating Sarah Palin, I guess, ranks her as having “an impact on American society” good enough for D.C.’s snidites. PBS, of course, will broadcast the retro-2008 festivities.
For comparison, the previous winners actually earned their creds over long careers.
In her acceptance speech, Fey touched on her best-known bit -- her Palin imitation --and offered some mock hands-across-the-political-divide commentary. The rise of conservative women in politics, she said pointedly, is good for all women, "unless you don't want to pay for your own rape kit . . . unless you're a lesbian who wants to get married to your partner of 20 years . . . [or] unless you believe in evolution."
The lines played first to nervous laughter and then to not much laughter at all.
1. British Dialect . doomed; fated to die.
2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.
3. supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.
4. being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.
5. whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner.
bef. 900; ME; OE fǣge doomed to die; c. ON feigr doomed, G feig cowardly
(From urban dictionary, the meaning I always had in mind)
1. fey fairly gay, as applied to a heterosexual male with homosexual stereotypical traits
Just because your fiance has a shoe obsession and plucks his eyebrows doesn't mean he's gay; rather, he's fey.
2. fey The true meaning of complete and utter dumbass. This is the type of person that could swedish chef up anything. The type of person that will not take advice from anyone, or even use said advice if it is going to help them. They always go about life looking like a dumbass and being a dumbass. This person's actions are completely un-briefable, there is not a power point slide deck long enough to explain the actions of this type.
You see that person over there fucking up that sales job, that is a fey.
Since I'm a former fan of Palin, but have come to realize her (fairly severe) deficiencies, I have never warmed to Fey's impression. Still - it IS a great impression and one can't call it "snide" without comparing it to the impressions done on SNL and realizing all of them are "snide". The Obama one, in particular, is dead on with his monotonous speech delivery and detached/uncaring demeanor.
That said, Tina Fey is an EXCELLENT choice. 30 Rock is without a doubt one of the best shows on TV. Its humor recalls the days of Monty Python absurdity, unrealistic behaviors and situations in a realistic setting.
The idea that people act in such a stereotypical fashion is not original, but nothing is original these days. Her ability to shun the otherwise intelligent and literary personae that she has tried to cast herself in the past, and assume the mantel of an unwitting, socially obtuse show producer indicates the range she's capable of providing.
I think using her Sarah Palin impression as the locus upon which this award was given is shortsighted. She is talented. The women of SNL have made an impact on comedy the last 10 years, and it's been her writing and performing which have helped with SNL's resurgence.
Which reminds me of a Roger Waters concert I attended. A great musician, terrific entertainer - but too in your face with politics. So much so that it takes away from enjoying the show.
Afterward, I had to spend 2 hours explaining to my kids that Roger is a hardcore Socialist and all his anti-Bush imagery was just him trying to make a statement.
"But all he does is play a guitar and sing. And he's British. So why is he trying to tell us who to vote for?"