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Tina Fey talks about gay men quoting “Mean Girls” at brunch and why high school was a “four-year-long pride parade”

Tina Fey has a movie with Amy Poehler called Sisters coming out next month. Will it be as funny as when these two host the Golden Globe Awards?

Anyway, Tina has been interviewed by The Advocate about all kinds of things gay.

Here are some excerpts:

The Advocate: What did gay men quote at brunch before Mean Girls?
Tina Fey: I don’t know, but I hope that’s still going on. I have a really weird marketing point in my deal that I don’t get any money when it shows on TBS, but I do get money when it’s quoted at brunch.

Did you anticipate that it would become such a gay classic?
I didn’t, but Damian, the gay character, was in every draft. Someone once asked me, “How come everyone’s sort of paired off at the end but we don’t see what happens to Damian?” I said, “Because it’s a movie about girls.” We should’ve made another movie about Damian.

Your book, Bossypants, details the “four-year-long pride parade” that marched through your house during high school. How did having so many gay and lesbian friends during your formative years make you who you are today?
I’m certainly more open-minded to people’s differences, and it definitely gave me a wider swath of humor styles. I grew up so much in theater, so the gay community has always been a natural part of who I feel like I’m playing to. When you’re writing jokes, you’re always thinking of your friends.

Charlene Kaye has a song called “I’d Go Gay for Tina Fey,” a sentiment shared by many ladies on social media. Why do you have the power to sexually confuse straight women?
I think I might’ve lost it. Maybe because it looks like I’m halfway there? I’ve also been a stepping-stone to help a lot of men realize that they’re gay, so I may just be a transitional person. I’m like human transition lenses

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