Tina Fey’s awesomeness has gone global.
Over here in London, people who’ve never heard of “30 Rock” are talking about Fey in worshipful tones. Her encounter with the real Sarah Palin over the weekend is world news. And the Guardian ran a suitably loving profile of her in its G2 feature section today.
This has been said before, but it bears repeating: Americans really have no idea how they’re perceived beyond their own borders. Patton Oswalt was right: The country is like a giant, retarded trust-fund kid.
While the “real” Palin chirps loathsome rhetoric that divides her own nation into salt-of-the-earth small-town folks and phony metropolitan terrorist enablers and her running mate is shocked, shocked! to discover people think Barack Obama is “an arab” after a year-long Republican whisper campaign, everyone here is just hoping the world’s noisiest superpower can get its shit together in two weeks’ time.
It’d sure be nice, wouldn’t it? And if it doesn’t happen, there’s always the “Liz” scenario.