'Kimmy Schmidt': No, Tina Fey, dolphins aren't rapists

Ellie Kemper Teases 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season 2

(Spoiler alert: You may not want to read this until after watching the second season of the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Or are a big dolphin fan.)

Tina Fey seems to have it out for dolphins. In the ninth episode of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" season 2, Fey spouts some disturbing information about the aquatic mammals.

It begins when Fey's therapist character Dr. Andrea tells the ever-optimistic Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) that her sleep cycle is erratic.

"You know who else doesn't sleep a lot?" Kimmy says. "Dolphins. And they're always smiling."

"Dolphins are rapists," Dr. Andrea replies. "Look it up."

And so we did — and it turns out that the truth is just a bit more complicated than the TV shrink (and co-creator of the Netflix series) let on.

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Tina attends the 2002 New York Magazine Awards in all black.
Tina attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a deep-v olive gown with sequin embellishments.
Fey wore this flowy two-toned dress to the world premiere of "Mean Girls." 
We're loving the pop of color on Tina's shoes at the Nantucket Film Festival, a perfect accent to a simple black dress.
Tina attends the New York premiere of "The Village" in a silk top and wide-legged trousers.
Now that's a statement jacket! Tina attended The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a bold metallic coat.
Tina wears a pop of turquoise under her suit at the Do Something BRICK Awards.
The look on Tina's face seems to be saying "yes, I'm wearing yellow shoes. And yes... I know they're awesome."
Tina chose a basic white blazer over her navy dress to attend an opening night on Broadway.
We think green is one of Tina's favorite colors, here at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Fey looked lovely at the Golden Globes in this black lace tea-length dress.
It's not as intense as Angie's leg at the 2012 Oscars, but Tina shows a little skin at the Emmys.
Fey is a classic beauty in this little black dress and nude heels, holding her SAG award.
Tina matched her red lips to her shoes at Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars" benefit for Autism.
Fey attended the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards in this metallic strapless dress and matching strappy sandals.
Tina looked elegant in this mint green dress at the Television Critics Association Awards.
Fey was a showstopper at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards in a strapless, slim-fitting purple David Meister gown.
Short and sweet for the Screen Actor's Guild Awards.
Tina channeled Oscar himself in this metallic Zac Posen at the Academy Awards.
Tina has mastered the art of menswear-inspired outfits, and she looked gorgeous at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
A little rain doesn't get the stars down! Tina looks happy and elegant at the Golden Globes.
Looking positively royal in this purple Salvatore Ferragamo at the SAG Awards.
Fey looked gorgeous in this floral Dolce & Gabbana dress.
Fey wore a strapless jumpsuit to the 2010 Met Gala, themed "American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity."
Tina wore this intricate Oscar de la Renta gown to the Primetime Emmy Awards.
One of our favorite looks for Ms. Fey was this short Oscar de la Renta dress with a lace top.
It seems Tina has a favorite designer, choosing Oscar de la Renta again.  We can't say we blame her -- this dress is gorgeous, too!
Casual in stripes, Tina attends the NBC upfronts in jeans and a blazer.
Fey chose a simple navy dress for the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala.
Tina's tulle, strapless magenta gown for the Golden Globes was another Oscar de la Renta creation.
Black is definitely one of Tina's faves to wear (what woman doesn't love black?) -- and we love her tendency to wear lace overlays.
Tina wore this strapless Vivienne Westwood to the Emmy Awards in 2012.
Glittering in gold, Fey attended the 35th Kennedy Center Honors.
Tina went with old Hollywood glam here, dressed in a belted, sweetheart Oscar de la Renta gown.
Tina looked cheerful in cobalt to celebrate her new film, "Admission."

Dolphins can be aggressive in their courtship and mating, according to Justin Gregg, dolphin researcher and author of "Are Dolphins Really Smart?" They can herd their mates, mount each other (or even human swimmers) and display what researchers call "socio-sexual behavior" that does not involve an actual attempt to mate.

But it is primates, birds and insects — not dolphins — that engage in what scientists call forced copulation, Gregg wrote. "If forced copulation should be considered the non-human animal equivalent to rape insofar as it appears (to the human observer) as if the female has not given consent, then this still has never been observed in dolphins."

Gregg concluded: "The dolphins are rapistsmeme easily lends itself to being a trendy t-shirt, or link-bait headline, but rape is undoubtedly the wrong term to apply to dolphin behavior. It is a loaded term that really should be used solely to describe the fundamentally horrific, and uniquely human crime of rape as defined by the law. There is no dolphin equivalent."

So there's really no porpoise to be served slandering the poor dolphin.

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