It’s no longer news that Sarah Palin has drawn the ire of political hacks, celebrities, and media personalities alike; words like “Barbie,” “slut,” and “MILF” were all used to describe the 2008 Vice Presidential Republican candidate and former governor of Alaska.
But for no other apparent reason than to get a few laughs, British comedian Russell Brand has now added his voice to the growing chorus of Palin-haters.
“People want to f**k her. That’s why they tolerate the other stuff,” he reportedly said at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Hold on one second, please. I need a moment to recover from the profundity of that political insight.
Generally, the threshold for successful comedians is twofold: they need material that makes people laugh, and material that is original to the comedian. If his Palin insults were his attempt at “comedy,” Brand failed on both accounts. Not only were his sexual comments far from hilarious, he joins a long line of famous faces who have lashed out at the conservative political star.
American comedian and late night talk show host David Letterman famously said that Palin had a “slutty flight attendant” look, and it was CNN’s Roland Martin that said Palin was the “Kim Kardashian of Politics.” (It was of course a sex tape that originally made Kim Kardashian famous.) Palin’s been called “Caribou Barbie” and denigrated as a MILF by comedian and actor Tracy Morgan.
But Palin is apparently just that – a pretty face, because the common narrative among her detractors is that there is nothing of substance behind her looks.
Late night host and apparent intelligence critic Chelsea Handler called Palin “really stupid.” MSNBC host Martin Bashir called Palin “vacuous,” “crass” and “vindictive” in 2010, saying she was the “worst in American opportunism.” One former ABC journalist called Palin an “extraordinary ass” on morning television. She has been called “uninformed” by the all-knowing Barbara Walters, and it was Walters’ cohosts on The View that deemed Palin “ignorant” but “hot.”
But if Brand’s intent was not comedy but to make a serious political statement on one of the United States’ most polarizing political figures, Brand needs to learn the art of skilled commentary and political analysis. Or better yet, maybe he should keep his foreign opinion to himself.
What boggles the mind is that these attacks are permissible because Palin is an attractive conservative who put herself out in the national spotlight in order to serve her country. These attacks are tolerated and sometimes generated by the media talking heads, and yet famous fashion icon Tim Gunn’s critique of Hillary Clinton’s rainbow array of pants suits is considered “undiplomatic.” The bias is astounding and the double standard for women on the Left compared to women on the Right is downright pathetic.