So, Tina Fey is on the cover of the April 2010 Esquire:
While I love me some Tina Fey, I have to admit that the whole she’s-a-dowdy-nerd-who-cleans-up-nice bit is getting a little old. (I do not blame Fey for this, as I’m sure she isn’t art directing her own photo shoots. It’s just getting old.) Hey Esquire, and Vogue, and Vanity Fair, and Oscar red carpet people, and everyone else! We get it! She’s hot! It doesn’t have to read like a shocking exposé every time she shows some leg!
This particular photo shoot (more can viewed here) is billed as, “Our fantasy of the world’s funniest woman gone wild comes to life in photographs.” The fantasy includes the cover shot, along with images like this one:
So your fantasy is that Tina Fey turns into a champagne-toting Real Doll?
Help me out here, folks. What do we make of the celebrity Tina Fey? She’s hilarious and smart as a whip, but she’s also been in a slew of sexy photo shoots lately that reinforce the notion that a funny woman can only be famous if she is also hot (a recurring theme in 30 Rock, but does making fun of something make it any less problematic?).
It also irks me, as I said earlier, that the hook here is always NERD GIRL GONE WILD! Fey is constantly quoted as saying things like, “The idea of the photo shoot is something like my wild night out. The irony being that I don’t do that.” (That quote being from this particular photo shoot.) Sure, this isn’t her personality, but that only makes this all the more irritating. I get it that she can’t be on the cover of Esquire in sweats and spectacles with a pencil in her hair, but isn’t there a happy medium between that and SECRET SEX BOMB!?
Also in the Esquire interview, Fey says, “What I’ve come to realize is that when people say, ‘The thinking man’s whatever’ — there’s no such thing. The thinking man also wants to fuck Megan Fox.” I don’t know that I agree, but Fey clearly has more experience in this arena. Is that why she’s always so sexed up in her photos? Because she can’t be the thinking man’s sex symbol unless her epidermis is showing?