Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin on SNL

When I heard that SNL was going to welcome Sarah Palin onto the show, I was disappointed. It seemed ludicrous that the woman can so firmly flip us the bird by being closed off to the press, but get in all her fluff appearances.

Until I watched the clips.

Holy shit, SNL. Rather than suddenly greet her as a friendly ally, complicit in the parodies (as they do with most figures they mock), they actually stood their ground, gave her next to nothing to say, and even hardened their criticism. The whole affair seemed to be SNL saying, "Sure, you can come on the show if you like. We would be more than happy to man up and say this to your face." Especially telling was the way that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler not only didn't have dialogue with her, but in fact walked right past her and off the stage without expression. Tina Fey gave her a chilling nod and Amy Poehler didn't so much as look at her as she left. Their anger and frustration was palpable. I was stunned and impressed. And for Palin to get that from those two women in particular was very telling - with Poehler having played Hillary Clinton with such obvious affection and Fey having giving a memorable defense of Clinton's perceived bitchiness. It was a satisfying vindication for all us ladies who are so infuriated by Palin trying to paint herself as picking up where Clinton left off. The episode seemed to be in the same vein as Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents Dinner speech. Not as glorious, but it definitely had that defiant tone. Well done, SNL.


David Morris said...

yeah, looking at those clips it's kind of surprising to me she agreed to it... they really don't pull any punches mocking her or mccain.

also, isn't it kind of weird that she spends all of her time lauding "real america" and heaping scorn on "elites", but here she is hobnobbing with the popular liberal New York movie star kids on snl? and by "weird" i mean "brazenly inconsistent".

Lindsay Evelyn said...

Yes, it's ridiculous that she thought it would be a good idea. It was clear from the get-go that she was not even being parodied, but fully satirized. She should have known that she would not be embraced as an Obama, or a Hillary, or a McCain circa 2000-2007.

I have decided that the definitive tone of the sketches were, "You're allowed on the show, but there's no way in hell we're letting you in on the joke."