30 Rock ends tonight, forcing all of us with off-brand eye surgery to dribble water out of our mouths because—this is how we cry now.
We’ve been through a lot with Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon. For seven glorious years, each dedicated fan has watched Lemon sign off on "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" (thank god we got her Lucretia Mott on that!), become the world’s worst prostitute, give us sound advice (ei. "Never go with a hippie to a second location") and "big spoon" a constantly crying Matt Damon.
Along with the rest of America, I’ve listened to at least three female friends and five acquaintances list the reasons why they are “exactly like Liz Lemon” and suspended my disbelief again and again in order to believe this lady lives a sedentary life eating nothing but potato chip-topped sandwiches, hot dogs, and meat lovers' pizza.
Even with her occasional/unnecessary girl-hate (come on, Tina, hiding judgments behind faux-feminist ideals is a very grown up Regina George thing to do!), the icon has made her way into the hearts of feminist-minded comedy nerds by becoming SNL’s first head writer, celebrating and showcasing female friendship in front of all of America, speaking out against old-fashioned expectations of women in media, and always advocating for progressive politics.
As Liz Lemon says, “I love America! Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to have kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn’t mean I don’t love America.”
Fey has also always been an advocate for gay rights, ever since she was befriended by a bunch of older gay and lesbian drama kids at summer camp. The comedian has always created well-rounded, unique, and hilarious gay characters in her scripts. How could anyone forget Devin Banks, the former GE VP of West Coast News, Web Content and Theme Park who graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Confidence.
Though it hurts to think that, after tonight, Liz Lemon cease to utter "I want to go to there" in a new episode ever again, Fey will continue to bring us hilarious and influential projects for years to come.
Here is a trailer for her new movie, Admission. The film stars Fey and the always funny Paul Rudd.