30 Rock‘s Black Faced Cross-Dressers Wish You A Merry Christmas

Think Natalie Portman was frightening in Black Swan? Then you obviously missed Jane Krakowski and Will Forte (who plays the drag version and boyfriend of Krakowsk’s Jenna Maroney) on last night’s 30 Rock, where some mutual cross-dressing (AND BLACK FACE) are what counts for Christmas caroling.

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  • Bubba in TX

    It was a convoluted B-plot, but the payoff was FANTASTIC! I thought it was a brilliant pun…and at least half-timely (the “Black Swan” part). BTW, earlier in the episode, when Jenna was looking at the photo album of her and her ex-boyfriend, there was a picture of the two of them with Ben Rothlesberger (sp.?), so that’s where the “black Swann” part came from. It’s the little things that make this show so great.

    The “30 Rock” writers are not afraid to push the envelope. Remember when Jenna did black-face and Tracy did white-face AND drag because the two were fighting over who has it tougher–women or black people? There was also the recent episode with the “white” and “colored” signs for the paper recycling bins–the bins were removed, leaving only the signs behind next to the rest rooms, just as a black congresswoman was coming to NBC to check on their diversity.

  • Soupy

    They should show a clip of Elaine Stritch as Jack’s mother. Now that’s a queen!

  • AdonisOfFire

    LOL that was great

  • alan brickman

    Tina Fey’s Real name is Christina Faye Crawford….did anyone know that??!!

  • randy

    @alan brickman: Did anyone know that you’re a real big idiot?

  • jacknasty

    That was such a hilarious joke, built up perfectly during the episode.

    I actually really like the Jenna/Paul relationship, sure they are both crazy and she is an extree narcisist…but I like that they are showing a relationship between a straight woman and a straight cross dressing male and depicting it as a healthy & loving relationship.

  • Chandler In Las Vegas

    Forte could have been the next Carey, but talk about others fucking up a career. How many could-have-beens have been sacrificed on the cheap cash machine of Lorne Michaels?

  • Phil


    1. Hey, being an extreme narcissist is somewhat of an improvement over sociopath.
    2. I wouldn’t say it was healthy, but it was loving. Paul was affectionate, and surprisingly enough, masculine in a culture where the only media exposure for men like him is decidedly effete. (As a cross-dresser, there really isn’t a clearly defined term for his group. Which is just as well, I suppose.
    3. It’s surprising how good-naturedly offensive this show is. I mean, just look at Toofer. He is a straight-laced, Harvard snob who happens to be a little afraid of black people, like Tracy, who is an irresponsible black caricature. Also, when he uses the word nigger people are offended because he’s an oreo. Hooray for progress?

  • jacknasty

    @Phil: gotta love Toofer, he’s a black guy and a Harvard guy you know.

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