Call it a side effect of the social-media era or call it a millennial thing, but whichever way you slice it, jokes and humour are being fully dissected nowadays, especially online.
Take note: Actress and comedy writer Tina Fey, who created and wrote Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is now officially done explaining and apologizing for jokes.
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“Steer clear of the Internet and you’ll live forever,” Fey said to luxury fashion magazine Net-a-Porter in a recent interview. “We did an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode and the Internet was in a whirlwind, calling it ‘racist,’ but my new goal is not to explain jokes. I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves.”
Fey was referring to a storyline on the Netflix comedy that involved Jane Krakowski’s character, who is very obviously white but was written to have Native American ancestry, which she denies. Of course, there are a slew of Native-American references that some are calling racist.
“There’s a real culture of demanding apologies, and I’m opting out of that,” said Fey.
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Titus Andromedon, a gay character on the show played by Tituss Burgess, is also frequently criticized for playing “too gay” and perpetuating stereotypes. Burgess defended the show to HuffPost Live, saying that it’s “so completely unbelievably ridiculous, and I think people are watching [the show] and pulling it apart for all the wrong reasons.”
Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is set to stream on Netflix in spring 2016.
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