First, this episode contains one of my very favorite exchanges between Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy of the whole series. In it, they're looking for a new comic for their SNL-like NBC sketch comedy show:
Liz: I saw a few good alternative comics in San Francisco.
Jack: San Francisco? I asked you to find an actor from middle America; a real person. You're not going to find him in the People's Gay-Public of Drug-ifornia.
Liz: Jeez, relax! I'm also setting up auditions in Toronto --
Jack: Canada? Why not just got to Iraq? The television audience doesn't want your elitist, east-coast, alternative, intellectual, left-wing --
But that little anti-Semitic, homophobic bit of genius can't redeem the offense that the remainder of the episode caused me. 30 Rock portrays Stone Mountain as this redneck hick-topia full of Kenneth Parcel clones, when in fact Stone Mountain is a metropolitan Atlanta suburb! For those of you who aren't from these parts, Stone Mountain is actually a very civilized city. Despite its eponymous granite landmark carved with a memorial to the Confederate States of America, and its famous summer laser-and-fireworks show that culminates in "Proud to Be an American" sung by an animated Robert E. Lee and a stars-and-stripes cowboy boot, it's really very cosmopolitan. I promise.Liz: Jack, just say "Jewish," this is taking forever!
|By day: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis|
|Stone Mountain at night, right after The Devil Went Down to Georgia.|
|Go home to your fancy "subway," New Yorkers!!|