For years, our small screens were awash in angsty male antiheros. Dark and tortured Don Draper types who wouldn’t know fierce if it kicked them in the cojones. Lately though, the TV tide seems to be shifting with a surplus of super fly females from surgeons to sorority queen bees. To mark the moment in Grrrrrrl Power, we’re rounding up the most butt-kicking women on the boob tube each week.
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Season 41’s MVP killed it playing a chain-smoking townie describing her alien abduction experience to the FBI. And if you don’t believe us…just ask Ryan Gosling. The Goz (who was the week’s guest host) couldn’t keep a straight face against McKinnon’s hilarity. The ability to send Gosling into an uncontrollable giggle fit—now that’s fierce.
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wiz
Was there ever any doubt that Mary J. Blige was going to kill it playing Dorothy’s broom-stick-riding nemesis Eviline in the ABC live version of The Wiz? Okay, fine, maybe just a smidge of doubt (see: Christopher Walken in Peter Pan). But—of course—MJB was fierce incarnate, singing one of the show’s many bring-down-the-house numbers, “No Bad News,” and using her stiletto thigh highs to literally kick butt.
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés
Carrie Fisher, The Carrie Fisher Star Wars Press Tour
The always provocative actress took the F-bomb to a new level, using what could have been a typical canned segment on Good Morning America to voice opinions on being an actress over forty and being asked about her figure. “I think it’s a stupid conversation,” said Fisher to a question about the weight she lost to play General Leah in the new Star Wars movie. Fisher’s dog—a French bulldog named Gary—spent the interview with his tongue hanging out of his mouth. She said that she brought him along because his tongue matched her blazer. Obviously.
Fierce factor: 4.5/5 Beyoncés
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