Thursday, February 18, 2010

A few words for the attention marks

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin just can't stop making headlines, can't she?

Earlier this week, Mrs. Palin railed against the producers of Fox's Family Guy for poking fun at children with Down's Syndrome, if not specifically her family. Her son, Trig, has Down's, and it can be suggested that the writers came up with a female character that would be a blend of Trig and his sister, Bristol, since the girl tells her date, Chris Griffin, that her mom is "the former governor of Alaska".

Ironically, Mrs. Palin is now a Fox employee herself, as a correspondent for Fox News Channel. It can be suggested that she's not really familiar with Family Guy, otherwise she'd understand that Seth McFarlane and his staff are equal opportunity offenders, and, as a public figure, Mrs. Palin has to expect that either she or any member of her family is fair game and ripe for satire. That's just the way it is. She's also biting the hand that feeds her by going another another branch of the Fox tree (Family Guy is produced by 20th Century Fox), which puts Mrs. Palin at risk of wrecking her television career before it gets started. How much do you want to bet that once Saturday Night Live gets hold of this story, they'll ask old pal Tina Fey (30 Rock) to play Mrs. Palin one more time?

Meanwhile, in New York, the attention-addicted lunatics from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were at it again Tuesday night, disrupting the Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show. It seems that PETA's tired of the dogs all being purebreds and not simple "mutts", or street dogs, if you will. Anything to get in the news, I suppose, as if PETA doesn't do enough to embarass activist groups of all varieties to begin with. What's next? Deciding that insects are animals, too, and boycotting Johnson Wax, the makers of Raid, for cruelty?

Yeah, that would be embarassing.

The bottom line, folks, is that the Palin family and the PETAmaniacs need to get over themselves. It's one thing to crave attention, for whatever reason, but there are times when you just need to let it go.

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