Backtalk: Trump & Tina Fey Respond to Charlottesville

This week, Dahlia and Amy dive into the two of the most awful and inadequate responses to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Beginning with Trump’s comments that there was “blame on both sides” when violence erupted at the “Unite the Right” rally last week, resulting in the murder of Heather Heyer when a white supremacist plowed his car into a group of counter-protestors. Then they discuss Tina Fey’s latest segment on a special SNL Weekend Update where she suggests fighting white supremacy by eating sheet cake. Really. But not all hope is lost, especially when people left the sheet cake at home and hit the streets to show up against white supremacists, like in Boston when a massive group of counter protestors greatly outnumbered the alt-right rally.  

On each episode, we share one thing we saw, read, and heard this week. 

WATCHED: Guilty pleasure alert! If you’re a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty, and The Newsroom, you might like The Bold Type, a Hulu series about three friends who work at a feminist fashion mag! Lols. (But seriously, if anyone knows how you can get Dahlia and Amy to be background extras in “the bullpen,” hmu.) 

READ: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s GQ piece “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof” details the threads connecting Charlottesville to internet communities where Dylann Roof spent his time, all the way back to Trump and the “alt-right.”

HEARD: Just summing up the past couple weeks with Empress Of’s “Go to Hell.” 

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