Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sarah Palin, Red Dawn and other scary things

- I've been following several online forums regarding Sarah Palin for the past few days, and I've come to the conclusion that she does in fact have a bright political future. Not because she's qualified - as if - but because leadership isn't what today's Republicans value. They want someone who can accomplish two things: 1) be as narcissistic, shallow and religiously vindictive as the below-average voter and 2) drive liberals and moderates off the deep end. That's why it doesn't bother them that Palin quit before her first term as governor was up, or even because she might be in legal trouble. Because who cares, right? She can now spend her time stumping for Republican candidates, writing books (so to speak) and maybe even join the Fox News team! And when she drops those gigs just as fast to throw her antlers in the ring in 2012, they'll cheer her all the way. She's the logical end of a party that not only actively hates government, but also shows why we need it. Sarah Palin is not a candidate; she's a brand.

I guess someone forgot to tell her that mavericks don't have brands.

- Fine print in advertising is getting ridiculous. Now there's a commercial for acne medication that stresses the supermarket pharmacist is an actor, not a doctor. Another TV spot features a man in a suit talking broadly about some legal service, and the fine print helpfully tells us that the man is an actor, not a lawyer.

I could understand this if either one of these men were offering anything that could be vaguely construed as medical or legal advice. But they weren't. In both cases, they were essentially saying, "Sometimes you need help. Buy this." Are there actually people out there who are desperate for an acne cure, but will only act on that need when a doctor-looking guy says it's OK? Is the company afraid that they'll get sued if some teen's face explodes from the medicine and they'll be held liable because the teen found that actor and got a prescription from him? Just hire that fake attorney from the other spot! He looks like he knows what he's talking about.

- There should be a Facebook filter to sift out people whose statuses are entirely song lyrics and/or calls to pray for their infant who might have a cold.

- A remake of Red Dawn is in the works. Really? Did we even need the first one?

Red Dawn once held the Guinness World Record for most violent movie, at a rate of 2.23 violent acts per minute. Apparently, something's even worse than that now. So, what is driving this remake of the ultimate insurgent celebration, aside from the complete lack of original ideas in Hollywood? Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth:

"The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in... As 'Red Dawn' scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?"

Why do I think a President Palin is going to factor heavily into this screenplay?


Jim said...

Wow, Red Dawn again. Bang, pow - kill those commies! Shoot that Cuban! Wonder who will be the bad guys in this one, hmm, could it be muslim terrorists (are as GWB called them, tourists)? Probably will be, we're not worked up enough over them as it is.

TJENKINS said...

"Sarah Palin is not a candidate; she's a brand."

lol, coming from the guy that supports empty suit Obama with an almost religious fervor this is so funny it hurts.

Ian McGibboney said...

Jim - They'll probably change the villains to skinheads or something, and blame "liberal Hollywood" for making them do it. Even though Arabs are pretty much always terrorists in movies.

Teej - No, supporting a woman whose only attributes are her looks, her extreme views and her persecution complex is "religious fervor." You may not like Obama, but he is intelligent, engaging and stands for something other than his own lust for power. Also, he finishes what he starts, and isn't afraid of criticism.

NOLA Progressive said...

I don't understand the response of many repubs/conservs when someone criticizes Sarah Palin's lack of credentials and qualifications. Usually it is, some nonsense about Obama not being qualified, which is just crazy. I mean liking or disliking his policy aside, he has a long list of qualifications and achievements. Sarah Palin is a vapid and empty politician who knows little other than the beauty pageant approach to politics.

Almost any Republican that can carry on a reasonable coversation that I know boils over the fact that McCain ever picked her as a V.P. candidate. They realize exactly how damaging she is to any party who wishes to come across as informed and a real national player.

Ian McGibboney said...

NOLA, I've also said this for a long time. I have a friend who thought the Palin pick was a brilliant move at the time, because anyone who attacked her experience would also have to attack Obama's. I said I thought that was a very expensive way to make a point that doesn't really hold up anyway. But that's what it's always been about: not defending Palin, but attacking Obama. Even her spokesman did this during the campaign. I have the video embedded here somewhere. Hilarious.

To Teej, whose latest comment has been rejected: I have not censored you at any point until now. Your previous comment is up and I responded to it. If you don't like comment moderation, start your own blog and spew there. I hate comment moderation too, but it's people like you who make it necessary.