What's with the Fey and Poehler hate?
Case in point: this somewhat obtuse essay praising Poehler on Slate.com. In the process of reviewing Poehler's cartoon, The Mighty B!, writer Troy Patterson goes through some verbal gymnastics, like calling the ASSSCAT show she puts on at the UCB Theater "a Dadaist party trick," among other head-scratching terms. But what's interesting is the virulent reaction his review gets in the comments section.
Besides the commenters complaining about Patterson's densely-worded review, we got gems about Poehler, like this one: "maybe it is just me, but Amy Poehler is not funny. Amy Poehler has never been funny. Watching Amy Poehler on SNL (or movies with former SNL cast members) is the equivalent of hearing nails on chalkboard." Another said, "Why anyone would back a movie built around her and Tina Fey, when the two of them have been largely responsible for the most dismal period in the history of SNL (exceeding even the Anthony Michael Hall years of the 1980s, which is saying a lot) is beyond me."
And it doesn't stop there. Under Slate's review of Baby Mama, commenters called Poehler "unattractive" and "thin-lipped but rather plain-looking."
Wow. Even Dane Cook and Larry the Cable Guy don't generate such extreme reactions. To be fair, a number of the commenters here and on other sites (even Slate) like both women and enjoy their work. But it seems like the exposure that these two women are enjoying right now rubs a lot of people the wrong way.
Is the reaction happening because they're women? It makes me wonder.
Please, if anyone can enlighten me in the comments, please do so.