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It’s Official! Everyone’s Sexist!

What do you call it when you call something humorous and the campaign you work for calls it sexist and that the thing they’re accusing of sexism is a Tina Fey/Amy Poehler-based skit from Saturday Night Live?

Wait? Tina Fey’s sexist? What choo talkin’ bout, Carly Fiorina?

From MSNBC.com:

In a war of words reminiscent of Vice President Dan Quayle taking on television character Murphy Brown in the 1992 presidential election, John McCain’s camp is slamming Tina Fey’s impersonation of Governor Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” …

“The portrait was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive, and Sarah Palin as totally superficial,” McCain advisor Carly Fiorina told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday. “I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme, and yes I would say sexist” …

“Just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance. She has a lot of substance,” Fiorina said.

Palin, on the other hand, found the sketch amusing, according to her spokesperson. The governor and the press corps watched the sketch in the back of her plane, laughing at Tina and Amy’s satirical take on the two politicians.

“She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween,” Palin spokesperson Tracey Schmitt told CBS.

You think she would have called the skit, I don’t know, Liberally slanted, elitist or mean-spirited — but sexist? Women can be brutal to one another and some can even identify with the boys’ feelings too much (and that includes Sarah Palin), but women who hate women are accused of being self-loathing — not sexist. But that’s sort of irrelevant since Fey was working in a medium we in Snobland like to call “satire.” If it makes Carly feel better, Poehler’s Hillary Clinton came off as a bitter, angry harridan again. Did the Clinton camp call out SNL for mocking her desire for power no matter the cost “sexist?” Um, no. Nor did the Obama campaign accuse SNL for being “racist” because they lampooned press commentators who have a crush on Obama. No one from the O camp issued a fiery screed.

I wonder why Obama or Clinton didn’t do these things???

Oh, right! SNL is a sketch comedy show and this isn’t the Soviet Union. So grow a pair, McCain campaign, … or borrow Hillary’s.

In other news, Cindy McCain is really upset over the women from The View going feral on her and the hubby the other day. I hate to tell her, they’re kind of known for the occasional tiger mauling and if you can’t handle Whoopi Goldberg asking you if you’re pro-slavery because you want the constitution to be viewed through a 1787 lens how are you going to handle Vladimir Putin? What if Johnny Mac becomes prez and Vlad the Impaler finds out that to get to him all he needs to do is get Sommore and Mo’Nique to defect?

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14 thoughts on “It’s Official! Everyone’s Sexist!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to see how SNL handles Fiorina. I know they’re going to get a dude to portray her. lol Republican women have to be quite angry about the selection of Palin to be VP. It seems that no matter how hard you work or how many degrees you have, if you’re not cute, later for you. Sandy

  2. lmao I love it. The View ate him alive!! I could watch this over and over. I have read about the SNL skit but I still need to check it out on Hulu. I love Tina Fey so I hope that she is on SNL as Palin all throughout the rest of the election year. Back to The View… lol@ Sherri Shepherd not saying anything in this clip. It’s best that way though, because she knows NOTHING.

  3. I loved that line in the skit when she said, “Grow a pair… or borrow mine.”In that same interview, I think I read that when asked whether Palin was qualified to run a large corporation Fiorina replied, “No.”

  4. Please Cindy McCain has not even been vetted. She’s better go visit the White House while she still has the chance cos Michelle ain’t letting her anywhere near it come Jan! I am so sick of their fake outrage and multi-millions and corruption. Maybe the Clintons aren’t so bad afterall. No..that was a lapse. At least they’re Democrats on paper.

  5. Tim says:

    Two points on this:First, I refer Fiorina to Sarah Palin’s own words:”When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think you know that doesn’t do us any good – women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country.”Second: painting Palin as an airhead is a double-edged sword that could and probably will backfire. Because in politics, where you set the bar matters. Paint her as an airhead, and you lower the bar for her. Joe Biden will have to win the debate convincingly just to meet expectations, but if it is a draw or anything other than a thorough thrashing by Biden with embarrasing gaffes by Palin, she will benefit from having that bar set so low. So, yes, she needs to put up with the same mockery that we put all our major national politicians through, but people who want Obama to win should be careful not to lower the bar for her.

  6. bklynbam says:

    “The portrait was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive, and Sarah Palin as totally superficial,” McCain advisor Carly Fiorina told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday. “I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme, and yes I would say sexist” It’s funny how this only makes sense if Hillary Clinton is a man :)I swear nobody cares about racism anymore. They can call a Black presidential candidate “Uppity,” in print, and if you call it racist, you’re “overreacting”… but people are getting away with making some of the most baseless claims of sexism with no backlash…

  7. khia213 says:

    What’s sad is that it took “The View” to actually ask some substantive questions as opposed to the rest of the media. It’s bad when Joy Behar is the most hard hitting journalist on tv.

  8. SNL is a comedy show, plain and simple. They need to take a step back and grow a funny bone.As for the VIEW: I cannot believe people still watch the show. However, I’m happy that they got at them instead of soft-balling the questions.

  9. From the press release you quoted: “The governor and the press corps watched the sketch in the back of her plane, laughing at Tina and Amy’s satirical take on the two politicians.”I found a different, and disturbing, account of what happened, <A HREF="http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/09/sarah_palins_tina_fey_hallowee.html“ REL=”nofollow”>here. I sincerely hope your version is the correct one, Danielle, but I somehow doubt it.

  10. When McCain went on The View, it was like some red meat being thrown out to a pack of hungry female lions. I could hear poor McCain screaming as he got mauled. Never mess with the Big Cats!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m no fan of Tina Fey, after she thrown past female SNLers under the bus in her NPR Fresh Air interview. I get she was part of SNL management and trying to counter complaints of SNL being a boys club but come on!!That being said, the Repubs are the last group to cry sexism. They have been unresponsive to women’s issues. Choice, equal pay, health care – couldn’t be bothered. Hilary called a b!tch during a McCain rally. Nada. But point out Palin is an unqualified blow-up doll and they’re ready to throw a hissy.Bourgiestan

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