If you're feeling powerless in the aftermath of the tragically violent weekend in Charlottesville, you're not alone. With neo-Nazis marching and the president implicitly supporting them, it's natural that you wouldn't quite know where to turn for some sense. Saturday Night Live, however, has an answer — just watch Tina Fey go off on the Charlottesville violence, and then you'll know exactly what to do: Get a giant cake, and eat that giant cake. Yes, the whole cake.
Fey, a UVA grad with a personal connection to Charlottesville, graced the set of SNL's Weekend Update to spread a little sense during what may seem like a week largely devoid of it. She started out with the obvious point that so many of us have been harping on for days: "I've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I wasn't confused by it. ... Nazis are always bad." This is something, of course, that President Trump has gone back and forth on, and Fey spoke for all of us when she said that his response to the weekend's events made her sick.
When Fey started talking about the next set of alt-right rallies planned over the weekend, that's when her advice got really revolutionary. Instead of counter-protesting, she said, those who oppose literal Nazis should "find a local business you support, maybe a Jewish-run bakery or an African-American-run bakery, and order a cake with the American flag on it, and just eat it."
The best part about the segment is that during that little monologue, Fey actually pulled a giant cake with an American flag out from under the desk, and then began to eat it. And I mean really eat it, the way you never allow yourself to dig into a cake. When Weekend Update host Colin Jost asked her how that was supposed to help, it all became clear. If there's something you want to go out and scream at the polo shirt-wearing guys with automatic weapons, Fey said, "Don't yell it at the Klan, Colin, yell it into the cake!"
And when you think about it, it all makes so much sense. This is the ultimate form of non-violent, peaceful protest, and so many people benefit from it. Firstly, and most importantly, you're keeping yourself safe from any potential violence that breaks out. You're supporting a local business. You're eating delicious cake. And you're not wasting any of your precious time or energy trying to convince the alt-right marchers that their views are actually just simply bigotry and racism, because you're not going to get anywhere with that.
"Sheet-caking is a grassroots movement," Fey said. "Most of the women I know have been doing it once a week since the election."
If you're not one of those people, it's never to late to jump onto the sheet-caking bandwagon, especially now that Fey has given you the inspiration. And if things get worse rather than better this weekend, Fey even has advice on what to do then: "Dip a grilled cheese into the cake."
So, it's decided — don't go to a counter-protest. Don't confront the Nazis and the Klan. Eat an American flag cake, just like Tina Fey.