Olivia Gee loved watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globes gig, but it left her wondering – do we need to apply the feminist label just because two women were funny at an awards show?
The Golden Globes is not something that would usually attract my critical attention. I find red-carpet fashion difficult to comprehend, have the habit of enjoying wonderfully terrible films and never find out about celebrity weddings until it’s too late to feign interest. However, now that the eye-bulging excitement over the smocks and frocks has subsided, a topic that seems out of place has risen above the superficial surface – feminism.
Despite my adoration of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as comedians, this isn’t another article that is going to hail their Golden Globes performance as a stark, “hilariously feminist” ode to gender equality. While both women utilise their positions in the entertainment industry to send a message of empowerment to the female gender, I don’t believe that their every public appearance needs to be critiqued through a feminist lens.
Sure, Fey and Poehlers gag reel included swipes at the availability of roles for older women in Hollywood, and George Clooney’s celebrity status overshadowing the achievements of his wife, Amal Alamuddin, an active human rights lawyer. The pair also incorporated general mockery of the audience (both genders), a traditional jibe at attempted US accents and explicit satirical sketches about the Sony hacking scandal (which was an obvious necessity at this particular event) into their monologue.
The performance at the Golden Globes in its entirety simply wasn’t a vagina monologue. It was a varied, witty and sometimes obvious display of humour. The clincher is, it was performed by two outspoken women who have put forward feminist views. The obvious next step is to label it as a triumph for womankind.
It’s this kind of back-patting and slow-clapping that demeans and is in fact a detriment to gender equality. Yes, inequality between genders both fiscally and psychologically still exists, but we are no longer suffragettes. We don’t need to infer a feminist slant into everything our sisters in arms do, and critiquing women in the public eye with this at the forefront of our minds is a step backwards.