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,
"So I would urge people this Saturday instead of participating in these screaming matches and potential violence, find a local business that you support — maybe a Jewish-run bakery, or an African-American-run bakery. Order a cake with the American flag on it like this one and just eat it, Colin [Jost]."
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
There Is A Middle Ground
Eat Cake & Resist
Take Sheet Cakes To The Counterprotests
Use Your Voice, Then Eat Cake
It's All About Multitasking
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.