Tina Fey's "Sheetcaking" Is Helping Women On Twitter Cope, So They Can Get Back Up & Keep Fighting
There have been many mixed reviews regarding Tina Fey's Thursday appearance on Saturday Night Live's summer version of Weekend Update. Not only did Fey comment on the latest events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia and the way Donald Trump reacted to them, but she also encouraged people to avoid counter-protests against white supremacists by eating cake, by doing what is now known as "sheetcaking." While some viewers found Fey's words problematic, there are many women who believe sheetcaking isn't an alternative to resistance.
During the bit, the former SNL cast member pulled out a huge sheet cake and shoved her mouth full of cake, all while explaining why she wants people to stay home rather than partaking in the nine other alt-right rallies planned across the country on Saturday. "I don’t want any more good people to get hurt," she said before adding,
Some are taking what Fey said as a call to inaction, but there are many women who are using what she said as a way to both cope (sometimes cake does make everything better) amid fighting against hate.
Here are a few women who are embracing sheetcaking and showing others that it's OK to eat a lot of cake and that it doesn't mean you still can't do what's right.
Sheetcaking & Protesting Go Hand-In-Hand
Show up, donate, write, have tough conversations. There are many ways to actively protest white supremacy- staying home is not one of them.— Lauren N. Griffin (@LaurenNGriffin) August 18, 2017
There Is A Middle Ground
Can we all find a middle ground and just be #sheetcaking in BETWEEN protest and activism work? Cake makes me feel better...— April Glick (@aprilglick) August 18, 2017
Eat Cake & Resist
Take Sheet Cakes To The Counterprotests
How about we bake up some sheetcakes and eat them at the counter protests?#sheetcaking— Rachel Luxemburg (@rlux) August 18, 2017
Use Your Voice, Then Eat Cake
I'm down for #sheetcaking. BUT that comes after I'm done protesting (or counter-protesting, rallying, voting, etc) for that day...— Alyissa Letters (@alyissaletters) August 18, 2017
It's All About Multitasking
Re: #sheetcaking... y'all, why can't I be outraged, protesting, and still stress eating a whole chocolate ganache? I am multidimensional!— Kat Ward (@kbward822) August 18, 2017
It's OK To Laugh, But Also Fight Back
It's important to remember that sheetcaking and just staying silent isn't a way to battle hate, but if you want to eat cake and rally at the same time, then, by all means, take after these women and do just that.