October 19, 2008

Why Making Fun of Palin is Progressive Feminist Thing to Do...

This is Tina Fey on Letterman talking about why it's not mean to make fun of Sarah Palin the same way we make fun of male politicians, but actually a sign of respect for the fact that like her or loathe her, Palin is a tough woman, who, in Fey's words, "kills things." I completely agree. We should make fun of the ridiculous aspects of Palin's personality just like we do on SNL with Biden, Obama and McCain, just as long as we actually are treating her the same, and not saying sexist things.

Also, did you see SNL last night? I watched clips on youtube, because my access to it is compromised here in The UK. Sarah Palin herself doesn't even seem to mind being made fun of! She can take it, just like McCain and Obama can take it. The woman might be ignorant, but she's not stupid; she knows this is part and parcel of being a politician. So, can republicans stop calling the "elite liberal media" mean when they make unflattering magazine covers of her of have Tina Fey mock her in a skit? Governor Palin seems pretty unflappable to me.

Sure, you shouldn't mock her in a sexist way, but what Tina seems to suggest is also right; not mocking her at all simply because she is a woman would be just as bad! She's not too sweet, sensitive and gentle to be mocked. She is the Governor of a state, for crying out loud! She's used to being criticised very loudly and very publicly, and I'm sure it doesn't hurt her too much, or she wouldn't have picked such an incredibly public career. So, bring on the Palin sketches! She's not some delicate, anemic Victorian stereotype of femininity in a corsette, who'll faint if you call her a name...