Tina Fey let women who voted for Donald Trump have it, especially white women, even though they are some of her most avid television and movie audience. At an ACLU benefit Friday, two of the organization’s leaders interviewed Fey with some very surprising results.
New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman and ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling talked to to Fey about women’s rights, which have come under fire under a conservative Republican Congress and a man who is currently being sued for sexual assault, the president.
Fey appealed to all white women to think of others, including at-risk groups, which will suffer most under Trump. She urged them to call on their “compassion and empathy” toward at-risk groups in Trump’s America, according to Huffington Post, which covered the event:
‘I personally will make my own pledge as a college-educated white woman to not look away to not pretend that things are happening now won’t eventually affect me if we don’t put a stop to it.’
Fey asked Melling and Lieberman about women’s reproductive rights. The current governing body is hell-bent upon turning back a woman’s right to control her own body. Republicans believe in little to no government, except when it comes to invading women’s bodies.
An ultra-conservative Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, so that abortion would become illegal. The number of abortions would not decline, but the number of women dying from botched, back-ally abortions would climb.
Republicans are not content to stop at abortions, they want to take away coverage for and access to birth control. They care deeply about a fetus, but when the child is born, not so much.
Huffington Post reported that the actor told the ACLU women, “You can’t look away:”
‘A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV. I would want to urge them to like, ‘You can’t look away’ because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually.’
Fey urged women to fight for women’s rights, even if those protections do not directly affect them. She said that it is women’s responsibility to work together, because side-by-side they have great power to change that which hurts women. When one is injured, everyone should feel her pain. According to Huffington Post, she continued:
‘Again, open two windows. Do watch HGTV. [Don’t] turn attention away from what is happening.’
Exit polls after the 2016 presidential election showed that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump, and only 43 percent for Hillary Clinton. What Fey was saying is that women did not turn away from Clinton, they turned away from their sisters.
Yet, that can change, especially with women activists like Fey reminding all of them they can put a stop to a government trying to rule and control women.
Check out this video of Fey in actions:
Featured Image: Getty Images/Kevin Winter.