Tina Fey had some fun with Santa Fe when she was on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” part of her she’s-everywhere-at-once promotional tour for her well-reviewed new movie “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” which was filmed with New Mexico standing in for Afghanistan.
Meyers, who avers that his wife is from New Mexico (that would be human rights attorney Alexi Ashe) and that he’d spent time here, asked Fey how she liked the state.
That set up Fey’s first zinger. She says she loves New Mexico, and that Santa Fe is gorgeous and has amazing restaurants.
She added: “Everyone who lives there, it just looks like the whole place is just like women who were married to (the Eagles’) Don Henley … gorgeous, like 58-year-old blonde women with like six squash blossom necklaces.”
Then she goes on to provide an account of her experience at the 10,000 Waves spa (Meyers has been there, he says). It’s a beautiful place in the mountains, Fey says, where you can get your own private hot tub and there are “all these warrens” to check out.
But in the women’s locker room, things turned sour. She said a couple getting a tour of the spa was passing through the room, which Fey found confusing and she told them, “I’m sorry, this is actually the ladies’ locker room.”
Fey continued: “The part of the couple who I thought was the gentleman said, ‘I got (bleep),'” referring to a female anatomical feature.
“It was an honest mistake,” Fey said, describing the woman she thought was a man as having a buzz cut and wearing basketball shorts. “But I felt so bad that I proceeded to deeply overcompensate,” she said. Fey said she tried to engage with the couple over things like the how the lockers worked, but they weren’t interested in talking to her.
“I wanted them to know that it was an honest mistake,” she said. “I found myself like taking off my bathing suit AT them.” She mimicked the act of ostentatiously pulling off a bathing suit while saying, “Like, you guys from around here?”
“I wanted them to like me so bad. If they see this, again, I’m so sorry.”
One of Fey’s other promotional TV interviews in early February stirred up a mini-controversy in New Mexico, at least online and over some airwaves.
Fey was on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in early February along with “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” co-star Margot Robbie.
After Fey told Colbert the film was shot in New Mexico, Colbert noted jokingly: “That took a lot of courage, for you guys to go to New Mexico.”
Fey responded: “I was so worried about a ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario happening.”
Then Robbie chimed in: “Lots of missing teeth.”
Fey got a pass for the “Breaking Bad” reference (somehow, thanks to that great show, being infested with murderous drug traffickers is a stereotype we’ve all come to embrace).
But Robbie was ripped by some New Mexicans for the missing teeth insult – isn’t that the kind of crack that should to be reserved for people from somewhere supposedly worse off than New Mexico, like a mythical Old South backwater or Great Britain?
But I believe Robbie was just riffing on “Breaking Bad,” showing a deadpan flash of quick wit.
The TV show filmed in and around Albuquerque, of course, was about meth dealers. And meth users are known for having really bad teeth. Wikipedia even has a separate entry for “meth mouth” – “severe tooth decay and loss of teeth, as well as tooth fracture, acid erosion, and other oral problems potentially symptomatic of extended use of the drug methamphetamine (colloquially termed ‘meth’, ‘crystal meth’ and many other names).”
Robbie was making a joke we shouldn’t be bothered about if we think being the setting for “Breaking Bad” is just cool.
I’m more insulted by the idea that stylish older blonde women who wear multiple squash blossom necklaces (code words for “rich Texan”) represent the standard Santa Fean.
It’s probably not Tina’s fault, though. Does anyone ever take these visiting stars south of St. Mike’s or west of St. Francis?