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Tina Fey is done explaining jokes after Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt backlash

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Tina Fey and her Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came under fire after some deemed a story line involving Jane Krakowski’s character racist. The Sisters star is done apologizing for it, and all her jokes in general. 

“Steer clear of the Internet and you’ll live forever,” Fey told Net-a-Porter in a recent interview. “We did an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode and the Internet was in a whirlwind, calling it ‘racist,’ but my new goal is not to explain jokes. I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves.”

She continued, “There’s a real culture of demanding apologies, and I’m opting out of that.” 

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In the show, Krakowski’s character, the socialite Jacqueline, is revealed to be Native American and rejecting her heritage. Elsewhere, the depiction of Tituss Burgess‘ Titus Andromedon was also pinpointed by some critics for playing too much into gay stereotypes. 

Burgess addressed the controversy earlier this year with HuffPost Live, saying, “I just think that is so completely unbelievably ridiculous, and I think people are watching it and pulling it apart for all the wrong reasons.”