The Palin Mockery: Gina Gershon, Harry Shearer, and Barbra Steisand weigh in
Tina Fey has made a SNL comeback by portraying the "folksy" Sarah Palin in a series of parodies highlighting Palin's inability to speak with specific detail on any given topic. Fey depicts the inexperienced candidate as a ditzy beauty queen who tries to bluff her way through answering questions by appealing to public sympathy and playing on the American love on pagents. See the skit videos go HERE, HERE, and HERE (accompanied by Natalie's insightful analysis on My Life My Muse).
Barbra Steisand has blasted McCain's decision to select Palin. On Streisands personal website she is clearly offended at how the Republican Party and John McCain have grossly under-estimated the intelligence of females voters. Streisand says it is a transparent ploy and expresses many concerns about both the decision and the motives behind it:
"[Sarah Palin has] no foreign policy experience, no national experience and limited state government experience…. a virtual unknown who has only been Governor for a less than 2 years of a state with a population of fewer than 680,000 people…a woman who condemns a woman’s right to choose."
"As someone who has spent over 40 years advocating on behalf of women both politically and philanthropically, as someone who was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and as someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: “This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” "
Read Streisand's full statement HERE
Gina Gershon has appeared in her own parody of Palin, but unlike Fey's "air-head" interpretation, Gershon presents Palin as menacing and unhinged. Gershon's version highlights the agressive nature of many of Palin's political positions and her flippant attitude towards to role of Vice President.
Harry Shearer (the Simpsons) created a music video about The Bridge To Nowhere starring Judith Owen (Shearer's wife) as Sarah Palin. Its quite surreal and trippy, I think it could be a big hit . . . theres plenty of singing salmon and moose!
Matt Damon likened Palin's selection to an absurd Disney movie and warned the public to find out more about her positions on Creationism and Censorship. CLICKHERE to see the video of his interview and an excellent analysis by Ruby on ThoughtZone.
An important reminder from Matt Damon was: She’s going to have the nuclear codes!
Also for the quintessential Feminist opinion see what Gloria Steinem (Ms. magazine, NWPC) says about the selection of Palin HERE. Steinem echoes the sentiment of Barbra Steisand and perfectly sums up how progressive women are viewing Palin and her rise to infamy:
To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."
It seems John McCain's strategy has backfired and he has lost the respect of educated and influential women (and the men who support them) everywhere.
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