Tina Fey: 'We have a right to make dumb jokes'

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PASADENA, Calif. – Tina Fey came out swinging for freedom, given the tragic attack at the office of a satirical newspaper in Paris on Wednesday.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association tour to promote her new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Fey was asked if the deadly events in Paris give her pause for thought as a creative person who does comedy for a living.

“This obviously is a terrible event, tragic and upsetting,” Fey said. “And even with the controversy surrounding The Interview, it makes you remember how important free speech is. And it absolutely must be defended. You cannot back down on free speech in any way. We all have to stand firm.”

But does Fey ever feel those pressures?

“I think the closest scenario to that would have been doing Weekend Update (on Saturday Night Live), which was a long time ago,” Fey said. “But even that was a different era for social media.

“It’s a different environment (now). But we’re Americans. Even if it’s just dumb jokes in The Interview, we have the right to make them."

Netflix announced debut dates for Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6), as well as dark family drama Bloodline (March 20), the highly anticipated Marvel’s Daredevil starring Charlie Cox (April 10), and Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (May 8). As well, Netflix confirmed that Marco Polo has been renewed for a second season.

Daredevil is about a superhero who was blinded as a young boy but was imbued with extraordinary senses. Besides Cox, Daredevil also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.

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