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Stars Against Palin [Update]

You almost have to laugh watching this much outrage coming out of Hollywood. I’ve never been one to pay much attention to the sleazy tabloids or the innumerable useless factoids about celebrities, but I have to admit, I’m enjoying the smackdown they’re giving Sarah Palin. Since the primaries ended, Hollywood has remained relatively quiet about the presidential race — until, of course, John McCain decided to put Palin in the spotlight. She is anathema to everything our liberal stars hold dear: her political ideology is positively prehistoric, the sort of positions born of nightmares. So naturally, our stars are reacting accordingly.

Here we have Gina Gershon toting a gun and wearing some kind of bathing suit. Clearly a devastating blow to the McCain campaign.

See more Gina Gershon videos at Funny or Die

And who could forget the spectacular reaming provided by Matt Damon?

The best line being:

“I need to know if she really believes dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. I want to know, I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.”

Always liked the guy, but he won major points from me during this interview. (Should I give him favorite actor status?) He makes a good point, though. Palin’s line of thinking isn’t just archaic — it borders on delusional. When I think of this woman potentially obtaining the power to set off a string of missiles, a shiver runs down my spine — and not the good kind.

Even Pink is weighing in! It’s not as if anyone cares what she has to say, of course, but frankly I’m just stymied that I’m finally nodding my head approvingly at something that came out of her mouth:

“If I were writing a letter to Sarah Palin, it would be a lot of whys and hows. Who are you? Do you know? Why do you hate animals? Please point out Iraq on a map…This woman hates women. She is not a feminist. She is not the woman that’s going to come behind Hillary Clinton and do anything that Hillary Clinton would’ve been capable of . . . The woman terrifies me.”

As she should, Pink. As she should. And yes, my dear, she does hate animals. Blasting animals with a high-powered weapon from a helicopter isn’t half as awesome as the NRA, the NHA, and Sarah “lipsticked pitbull” Palin make it out to be. But you’d never know it from the following photograph, would you? Looks like a party!

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Oh my. That looks painful. Well, at least the baby seems to be enjoying it.

And you have my word, that pic is legit. I know because I found it on teh internets. Unedited. I’m sure PhotoShop didn’t come within 5,000 pixels of it.

So the celebrities are yammering as loudly as possible about what an… unfortunate sort of human being (I’m using the term loosely, give me a break) Sarah Palin is. Now the question is, should we be concerned about this? The MSM thinks we should. As it has so worriedly pointed out, the louder the celebrities are, the more it looks like Senator Obama is in cahoots with the all-terrifying “liberal elite”.  Maybe we should be worried about public perception? Should we be scared of another “Obama is a celebrity” ad forthcoming from the McSame/Failin campaign? Well, I’m thinking No. The likelihood that a bunch of raucous Hollywood types are going to affect the outcome of the race seems slim. The average person doesn’t care about endorsements, particularly celebrity endorsements (except for Oprah’s, of course), and I seriously doubt anyone is particularly fussed over what Meg Ryan and Ben Affleck have to say. Still, it’s funny to watch. I almost feel bad for McCain and Palin having this much outrage and hilarity thrown in their direction.

But hey, at least McCain still has Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, and Chuck Norris on his side. That’s a formidable line-up right there. They could totally kick Pink’s ass. Then again, McCain probably could too.

Update: Look! Even Ben Stein hates her! She scares him. And apparently feels like he’s in a mental hospital. (I know that feeling.)


  1. sricki

    Were you people looking for a diary with a little more substance? Yeah, no such luck at this hour of the morning. At least I’ve assuaged your fears that Hollywood’s love for Obama would be the nail in the proverbial coffin for his campaign. Because I know you were all tremendously worried about it. You should be, though. The MSM is.

  2. …McCain is. He thought he could steal the election on pure lifestyle celebrity politics. For all those ads about Obama being Paris Hilton, it’s clear now McCain ENVIED Obama’s charisma, and tried to outshine it with his first big decision as nominee – i.e. his VP choice.

    There’s a huge difference between fame and charisma, and pure celebrity. In cultural terms, I’d say Matt Damon has the former and Paris Hilton the latter. Celebrity is merely being well known rather than renowned, and the things we fix to on celebrities is both their beauty, and their huge character flaws. If you want to be a real celebrity, you’ve got to shoot up like a rocket and come down like a stick.

    Now hold on, where are those Palin approval ratings again…

  3. than that:

    Heck, you could just post diaries that say nothing but “She’s OK with banning books from libraries” and have said enough.

    The worst demagogues in human history banned and burned books.  We don’t do that here.  Say it with me, Sarah:

    “We don’t do that here.”

    But, what if there are books, ya’ know, that some people find really offensive?

    “We don’t do that here.”

    Ok, but just imagine that there were some folks who were really put-off by..

    “We don’t do that here.”

    Alright, alright, but what if…

    “We don’t do that here.”

    Nono, let me fini…

    “We don’t do that here.”

    But, wh..

    “We don’t do that here!”

    It’s not paleoanthropology, Sarah.  And no, you can’t ban those books, either.

  4. GrassrootsOrganizer

    I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but I had to laugh out loud at the Matt Damon Disney movie reference because it rings so true.  

    So far I see little evidence that Sarah Palin has lead any part of my life or any other real life mother I know.  And her story does seem about as authentic as a bad Disney movie right  down to adorable scamp Piper, pensive invisible tween Willow and the beautiful but troubled Bristol who no doubt is having a PG rated identity crisis with her beautiful but over-extended absent super mom.  Seriously, it’s like she lifted her kids names right out of an afternoon special.  

    It’s fascinating to me because if I ever DID know someone like Sarah Palin during my mom years I’d bet she would have been one of those types who could utterly NOT relate to the stresses and realities of MY life — unemployment, financial hardship, chronic illness, lack of healthcare — and looked down her nose at me for not having the time to be a Cub Scout leader.  (been there — gotten that)

    But Damon is dead on — Palin’s “regular gal governor made good” schtick IS absolutely insane — that somehow good old fashioned hockey-mom common sense is all this country needs.  There’s a reason I don’t do my own taxes and you don’t want me debating foreign policy for you — I don’t know fuck about either.  And yet, I’m one of the best mothers I know, go figure.  

  5. spacemanspiff

    Blasting animals with a high-powered weapon from a helicopter isn’t half as awesome as the NRA, the NHA, and Sarah “lipsticked pitbull” Palin make it out to be. But you’d never know it from the following photograph, would you? Looks like a party!


    teh sricki roxors!

    Seriously though (or not, I guess), having Palin portrayed as super mom and a great feminist is kind of like having this dude take take a stroll from our sensory ganglions to the sensory nerve fibres.

    Herpy the Genital Sore

    He’s even winking and posing in an adorable mailman uniform.

    He MUST be friendly!

    ( damn, you gotta fear my analogies)

  6. rfahey22

    I know a lifelong Democrat who loathes Obama but absolutely hates Palin.  I think it actually cost McCain a vote.

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