The other day when I was leaving work, you said something which really touched me.
“You’re my role model when it comes to not giving a shit.”
Of course that is an odd thing to be touched by . . . but I am of course an odd girl of sorts. This was in regards to a conversation we had about someone being cold towards me because they didn’t agree with something I wrote about race in America. I essentially could not give less of a shit. Chilliness doesn’t effect me one bit when I know I’m 100% right. And someone acting annoyed with me because they’re uncomfortable only gives my little fire more fuel. If you feel uncomfortable when I talk about race and how the world looks through my eyes, than you’re probably a part of the problem. Someone also complimented my moxie recently while mentioning that he didn’t agree 100% with some of my opinions. Once again, rinse, lather and repeat. In the words of great Amy Poehler, “I don’t fucking care if you like it”.
I’m not going to stop and I’m not going to be quiet. Ever.
Here’s the context of the quote, taken from Tina Fey’s book Bossypants.
“Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writers’ room, waiting for the Wednesday night read-through to start. […] Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and loud and “unladylike”,
Jimmy Fallon […] turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.”
Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit.
With that exchange, a cosmic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not fucking care if you like it.”