#1 ‘SNL’ Palin-Incest Joke Falls Flat In Sketch Lampooning New York Times09-22-2008, 02:41 PM
‘SNL’ Palin-Incest Joke Falls Flat In Sketch Lampooning New York Times
Monday, September 22, 2008
In Saturday Night Live’s second attempt to mock this year’s vice presidential race, a sketch lampooning The New York Times as out of touch has instead touched off a firestorm by casually throwing out a much more insidious inference — incest — between Todd Palin and his pregnant, teenage daughter, Bristol.
While SNL fans had widely anticipated the return of Tina Fey in an edgy yet endearing role as Sarah Palin, Saturday’s sketch has managed to reignite the furor sparked by claims early this month that the Republican vice presidential candidate is not the mother of her 5-month-old son, Trig.
The sketch, say supporters, was supposed to accentuate how disconnected The New York Times is from anything west of the Hudson River, particularly Alaska. But critics say that the sketch backfired by suggesting that Todd Palin committed incest. In the sketch, New York Times reporters are sitting around an assignment meeting discussing what about Palin to investigate next.
One reporter asks: “What about the husband? You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska.” Guest host James Franco, who played the assignment editor, sets up the joke of proving a negative, saying, “He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Governor Palin.”
I just don't find jokes about incest funny. Maybe it's just me, but that's taking it too far, JMO.“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
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09-22-2008, 03:20 PM
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I'm amazed that show is still on TV.. I can't remember the last time it was funny.
I read they brought back Al Franken to write some of the McCain and Palin scripts. That explains their complete lack of funny.
09-22-2008, 04:24 PM
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Liberals were trying to defend the sketch as it being a slam on the NY Times. If that was so would they have used Obama and Michelle in place of Todd and Sarah Palin?
09-22-2008, 04:55 PM
I didn't see the sketch, but from reading that, I don't really see what the big deal is. I like Palin, but conservatives have turned into liberals when it comes to her. She is not untouchable, and every joke about her is not sexist. This actually sounds like a jab at The Times just reaching for straws.I feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
09-22-2008, 05:09 PMBetter to die on your feet than live on your knees.
09-22-2008, 05:34 PM
I wonder how the libs would react if there were a joke suggesting Bill is sleeping with Chelsea. Funny? No.
09-23-2008, 09:24 AMI feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
09-23-2008, 09:34 AM
It was in poor taste imo, but I highly doubt the Palin Family had any trouble brushing their shoulders off on this one.
Who the hell watches SNL these days anyway? Lazy Sunday was the only funny shit they've had since the 1990's. That crapfest died when Farley did."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
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