Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Palin and
Clinton on Saturday Night Live
Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche
Saturday Night Live made a wise decision when it asked the brilliant Tina Fey back to do a guest spot last week as the US Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The skit has got the whole world laughing and has even made the news worldwide.
As I watched the whole skit on Youtube, I must admit, I was in stitches. But beyond my laughter, there was a dark cloud looming over me. Finally, America not only has a black candidate running in the upcoming election, it has a woman too. I should be happy, shouldn’t I? I’ve been waiting for this.
Unfortunately, my feeling of feminist triumph was shrouded by Palin herself, a member of the National Rifle Association, anti-abortionist, beauty pageant runner up and current homophobe.
Palin is certainly not the pick of the crop when it comes to female politicians, or all politicians for that matter. What was McCain thinking? Did Obama’s lipstick comment actually hit a nerve there somewhere?
Palin, who only got a passport two years ago, left North America for the first time in July last year. The Republican Party, however, claims that she would be up on her foreign affairs because “Alaska is close to Russia”. Hmmm … Anyone buy that one?